Police: Driver fled Shrewsbury crash scene, hid in cornfield

Staff report
William Harding Raffensberger, 33, of no fixed address. (Photo courtesy of Southern Regional Police Department)

A 33-year-old man under the influence fled the scene of a crash while two people were trapped in an SUV, then hid in a cornfield, according to a release from Southern Regional Police Department.

William Harding Raffensberger, of no fixed address, has been charged with DUI, hit and run and reckless driving, among other charges, according to police.

Police were dispatched to the crash about 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the 500 block of North Main Street in Shrewsbury, where they found an SUV on its side with two people who required extrication by the fire department, the release states.

Both passengers were transported by ambulance to a hospital and later released, police say.


According to police, the driver of the second vehicle involved, Raffensberger, caused the crash and fled the scene on foot.

Officers located Raffensberger and the owner of the vehicle — who has pending charges for assisting the driver — at 8:10 p.m. exiting a cornfield on Mount Airy Road in Shrewsbury Township, according to the release.

Raffensberger was arraigned and committed to York County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail, a probation/parole detainer and warrants out of Perry County for failure to appear, the release states.