Expenses filed in lethal hit and run in Allentown, police trying to find suspect

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Authorities in Lehigh County have filed expenses towards a person they are saying traveled at a excessive price of pace, fatally hit a pedestrian, then stored on driving in Allentown.

Jose Rainer Gonzalez-Roman, 28, of Allentown, is charged with murder by car and accidents involving demise or private harm whereas not correctly licensed, each third-degree felonies, based on a information launch from the Lehigh County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

He’s additionally charged with accidents involving demise or private harm, a second-degree felony, and faces abstract expenses of instant discover of accident to police division, driving whereas working privilege is suspended or revoked, reckless driving and responsibility to offer data and render assist.

The fees have been filed towards Gonzalez-Roman Tuesday, however he isn’t in custody, the DA’s workplace stated. Anybody with details about his whereabouts is requested to contact Allentown Police.

On Feb. 15, 2022 at roughly 3:30 a.m., an Allentown Police officer noticed a white car touring at a “very excessive price of pace” within the 1000 block of West Tilghman Road, based on the information launch.

Because the officer tried to catch as much as the car to see the license plate and provoke a car cease, the officer stumbled on an unresponsive and significantly injured man mendacity within the roadway at North seventeenth Road and Sumner Avenue, the DA’s workplace stated. The sufferer was later recognized as Steve Bernhard.

Automobile particles, together with a driver’s facet mirror, was discovered close to Bernhard. The car that struck the sufferer didn’t stay on the scene of the crash, the DA’s workplace stated.

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Bernhard was taken to an space hospital and later died from his accidents. Bernhard died from a number of blunt pressure trauma, based on the Lehigh County Coroner’s workplace.

Surveillance video from the world of the crash confirmed the suspect car touring at a excessive price of pace because it struck Bernhard, based on the DA’s workplace.

The DA’s workplace says an investigation revealed that Gonzalez-Roman was driving the car on the time of the crash.

As police hunt for his or her suspect, the sufferer’s household needs solutions. In a press release to 69 Information Steven Bernhard’s aunt stated, “We as a household wish to put a face to the person who did this. We additionally wish to know why you have been dashing and why you did not cease to assist my nephew.”