Updated:ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
A 74-year-old man in a wheelchair was hospitalized after police said he was hit by a car in Westmoreland County Tuesday night.
Investigators said Byron White was struck by the car in front of The Gun Rack on Route 136 in Rostraver Township about 6 p.m.
Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan reported that White owns the store and was on his way home for the night when he was hit.
According to White, he was trying to avoid a puddle on the road right before he was hit. His wife found him and alerted authorities.
“His wife found her husband laying in their yard,” Rostraver Police Chief Greg Resetar said.
Emergency dispatchers said the 53-year-old driver left the scene, but police said they caught up with him a short time later.
Investigators found a serial number on a wheel rim left at the scene, and they were able to trace the suspect.
White was airlifted to UPMC Mercy Hospital, officials said. His condition has not been released.
The incident remains under investigation, and police told Brennan they believe alcohol was involved and charges will likely be filed.