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Shippensburg man faces charges after hit-and-run crash

January 27, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man was in Franklin County Prison on $75,000 bail after a hit-and-run accident on Thursday in which a bicyclist was injured, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Wesley Cole Hocks, 22, of 17 Walnutdale St. in Shippensburg, was charged with accidents involving death or personal injury and accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, both third-degree felonies, according to the criminal complaint filed with Magisterial District Justice Duane Cunningham's office.

Hocks also was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance; tampering or fabricating with physical evidence; hindering apprehension or prosecution; driving an unregistered vehicle; driving with a suspended or revoked license; driving without insurance; and reckless and careless driving.

The affidavit of probable cause stated the victim was a boy on a bicycle, but did not give his name or age. The affidavit stated the boy had severe injuries, but a press release by the investigating trooper stated he was in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital.

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The accident happened in the 4200 block of Olde Scotland Road in Greene Township on Thursday just before 11 a.m., police said. The boy was riding the bicycle north when he was struck by a white 1998 Jeep Cherokee.

Witnesses at the scene provided police with a vehicle description, which led them to take Hocks into custody about 2:30 p.m. Police said Hocks called 911 after the accident and gave the dispatcher false information and concealed the Jeep following the accident.

Police said an officer from the Newberry Township Police Department who also is a drug recognition expert performed a series of tests on Hocks about 4:30 p.m. and determined he was under the influence of a narcotic. A blood sample later was drawn for chemical testing, police said.

Hocks still was being held in jail Friday afternoon.

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