September 3, 2010, ERIE, PA — A local businessman has doubled the reward being offered for information that leads to the identification of the truckers involved in a fatal hit and run accident on Interstate 90 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. People with information about the accident should contact authorities at www.eriealert.com or at (800) 472-8477. Callers may make anonymous tips.
As documented in earlier blog entries here (See blog entries 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , and 5 ) Xiaoxia Zhang, 30, was traveling east on I-90 with her family in their Volkswagen Passat station wagon. Her husband was driving and she and their two children were in the back seat.
A large blue truck or tractor trailer reportedly attempted to pass them on the left near mile mark 40 on I-90 in North East, Pennsylvania. The Erie tractor trailer accident occurred when the truck struck the Passat in the rear, spinning it out of control and causing Ms. Zhang to be ejected.
Another large truck reportedly struck Ms. Zhang as she lay on the highway. Reportedly, she was killed instantly.
Both drivers fled the scene and have not, to date, been identified. However, the latest information suggests that authorities are investing substantial energy into the search and using new technology in an effort that holds out hope that the offending drivers will be located.
A sketch (See above) has been provided of one of the truckers believed to have been involved in the Erie truck accident. The description is of a man in his 40s, with dark hair and eyes, who spoke with an accent, stood about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds.
Investigators also have more information on the blue truck involved in the Erie semi crash. It may have been a blue International 9000 series truck with mirrors mounted on the fenders. It is believed to have damage to the right front fender and grill.
Witnesses are encouraged to contact authorities at www.eriealert.com or (800) 472-8477 or (814) 898-1641.