A trucker has been charged with the death of a Sellersville motorcyclist after fleeing a Pennsylvania truck accident scene and leaving the motorist fatally injured in the roadway.
On the morning of February 3, Ernest Demetrius Cohens, 42, of Bronx, New York, realized he had missed a delivery address and attempted to make a U-turn on Route 309 in Hatfield Township from the right-hand southbound lane. As he was making the turn, he was struck by motorcyclist Terry Kriebel, 55, who was traveling in the left-hand southbound lane.
Cohens got out of his truck and realized Kriebel had been fatally injured. He assisted another motorist in covering Kriebel’s body with a sheet or towel, then got back into his truck and fled the scene.
Cohens was apprehended in Bucks County approximately 40 minutes after the Pennsylvania motorcycle accident. He told the Hillstown officer that he had been in an accident and left the scene because he was scared.
Police have determined that Cohens’ license was suspended at the time of the crash.
Cohens faces charges of causing an accident involving death, causing an accident involving death while not properly licensed, and driving without a valid commercial driver’s license. Leaving the scene of a crash in which someone has died carries a mandatory one-year prison sentence.
Cohans’ bail is set at $250,000, and his hearing is set for Tuesday, February 8.
The Bucks County injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Terry Kriebel and wish them strength through this difficult time.