October 4, 2011, CORRY, PA — A disabled man in a wheelchair was seriously injured Sunday morning when he was struck by a truck. The driver of the truck then fled the scene of the Pennsylvania car crash. Police now believe they’ve identified the driver of the truck and have charged two Corry women with offenses arising from the Erie County car pedestrian collision, including offenses connected to their purported effort to lie about their involvement in the Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident.
The Pennsylvania car crash occurred just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning when a 2006 Dodge pickup struck the disabled man in his wheelchair in the 200 block of Center Street in Corry.* The wheelchair bound man was thrown to the ground and was later found in the road when officers arrived at the scene of the Erie pedestrian accident. The man was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital and later transferred to UPMC-Hamot where he is listed in serious condition.
Police say the driver of the truck is Trisha Malyuk, 23, of the 100 block of West Church Street in Corry. According to police, Ms. Malyuk left the scene of the Erie hit-and-run crash and lied when police confronted her after finding the vehicle in her backyard. According to police, Ms. Malyuk claimed the truck had been stolen and also tried to explain away damage to the front of her vehicle by claiming the truck had struck a deer earlier that same morning. Ms. Malyuk has been charged with multiple offenses arising from both the accident and her statements afterward. Also charged is Nicole L. McDonald, 24, of Airport Road. Police believe Ms. McDonald was a passenger in the truck and also lied to them when questioned about the accident.
Our hopes are with the injured man and his family for a complete and speedy recovery.
Help for People Injured by Hit and Run or “Phantom” Drivers
Generally, people who are victims of Pennsylvania hit-and-run accidents should be aware both that there is a possibility of recovery from the hit-and-run driver and their own Pennsylvania car insurance. There are special time limits, however, that sometimes apply in hit-and-run or phantom vehicle accidents and so people injured in these Pennsylvania collisions should waste no time in consulting with an experienced Erie hit-and-run lawyer (particularly because most Erie injury lawyers charge nothing for an initial consult).
Contact an Erie “Hit and Run” Accident Lawyer
For more information on Pennsylvania pedestrian accidents or hit-and-run accidents, visit our car accident page or take advantage of our offer to give you a free book, “The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in Pennsylvania: A Roadmap to Justice.” We are Pennsylvania accident lawyers who believe in providing free information to the public about car and truck accident injuries and the cases that result from them. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Erie injury lawyers, call today toll free at 814-273-2010 or locally at 814-273-2010.
* Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C. are Pennsylvania injury lawyers headquartered in Erie who are committed to educating the public about accidents and injuries in Erie County, Crawford County, Warren County and Venango County. Beginning August 1, 2011, Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C. has determined that names of car accident victims will not be published out of respect for the victim and their family. Accident victim names may be published here in those circumstances where the victim is a public figure or the victim’s identity is important for reasons of story or message.