Source: WEST NANTICOKE - He was several feet off the road. His mountain bike was equipped with reflectors and a blinking light. He wore a fluorescent yellow vest. Just a few hundred feet from his house, Richard Stadts, 73, died doing his favorite routine - riding his bicycle through his hometown of West Nanticoke. State police at Wyoming say a teenager from Hunlock Creek swerved off Route 11 on Tuesday night, clipped Mr. Stadts and fled the scene. Police later tracked down Matthew Perkins, 19, who they suspect was driving drunk. Mr. Stadts died the next afternoon in the hospital from head trauma, authorities said. An autopsy determined Richard Stadts died of multiple traumatic injuries, but the manner of death is still being investigated, police said. Mr. Stadts was riding his bicycle northbound in the area of Stookey's Famous Bar-B-Que when he was struck by a vehicle about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said. A witness who was driving in front of Mr. Perkins noticed Mr. Perkins' vehicle swerve behind him, said Trooper Martin Connors, spokesman for state police at Wyoming. Mr. Perkins then sped up and passed the witness' vehicle, he said. The witness jotted down the license plate number - a decision that led to a quick break in the case, Trooper Connors said. When the witness drove back to the area, he pulled up on the crash scene and provided the license plate number to state police, officials said. Police went to Mr. Perkins' residence in Hunlock Twp. and noticed the damage to his vehicle was consistent with evidence at the scene, Trooper Connors said, noting a side mirror was missing. Criminal charges are pending the results of toxicology tests, police said.
Crash time: between 9 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
Land use: Rural
Road type: Multi-use path or trail
Where on the road the collision happened: Trail
Collision type: Don't Know
Vehicle type: Don't Know
If truck: Unknown
At crash time driver was: Alcohol/Drugs, Failure to Yield, Hit & Run
SourcesSource: News Report
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