- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HEILWOOD, Pa. (AP) - State police say a 19-year-old driver was texting about the time he hit a woman walking along a rural western Pennsylvania highway before leaving the scene.

A call to the attorney for Nicholas Patterson, of Clymer, wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.

Police charged him with felony hit-and-run from a fatal accident, texting while driving, and two other traffic citations Tuesday in the death of 45-year-old Leslie Bennett, of Clymer.

Police say she was walking along Route 553 in Cherryhill Township when she was hit from behind by Patterson’s vehicle Sept. 6 about 10:45 p.m. Her daughter was also walking but wasn’t hurt.

Police say Patterson’s attorney told them the teen was driving his father’s pickup and kept driving because he thought he hit a deer.

The hit-and-run charge carries a mandatory three-year prison sentence.


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