WILKES-BARRE, PA – A teenage boy died Friday, March 26, after being hit by a tractor trailer truck near his home in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The truck accident happened on a residential street in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, PA. The accident area is in the northeast section of the state, 65 miles northwest of Allentown, PA and 81 miles south of Binghamton, NY.
At around 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, 14 year old Robert Davis was riding his bike on North Washington Street near the Hollenback Golf Course. At the same time a Swift semi trailer truck driven by David Hiser of Kearney, Nebraska was headed north on the same street.
As the semi truck passed in front of the teenager, the bicyclist collided with the back trailer of the truck. The impact of the truck collision threw the teenager to the pavement. The driver of the 18 wheeler did not stop after the truck accident but instead drove away from the scene.
Wilkes-Barre Police and emergency personal arrived at the scene of the truck accident and attempted to give aid to the injured boy. He was stabilized at the scene and then transferred to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. The boy suffered fatal multiple traumatic injuries in the truck accident and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Wilkes-Barre Police officers found the driver involved with the truck accident a short time later. Mr. Hiser was unhooking the trailer from his truck in the parking lot of a trucking company on East Main Street in Plains Township, which is about one mile from the truck accident scene.
According to police, the truck driver said he did not stop after the truck accident because he was unaware that he had hit anyone with his 18 wheeler. The officers who interviewed the truck driver said he was cooperative and did not exhibit any signs of intoxication or being under the influence.
However, he was taken in for blood tests to determine if he was using any substance at the time of the truck accident. Police said blood tests are normal procedure in these kinds of accidents.
Authorities are reconstructing the truck accident to determine if speed was a factor. According to several residents in the area trucks and other vehicles are constantly speeding down North Washington St., and often ignoring the posted stop signs. Neighbors are hoping this fatal truck accident will encourage other drivers to slow down and watch out for residents.
The Pennsylvania State Police are working with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department in the truck accident investigation. They say it will take some time before the full report is complete and they can decide what charges, if any, will be brought against the driver involved in the deadly truck accident.
One Luzerne County official believes it was a tragic accident and the truck driver will not be charged.
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