East Greenville woman hit at Route 663 and Main Street and left in road
Upper Perk Police have arrested a Palm man in a case of hit-and-run which left a 20-year-old East Greenville woman with multiple injuries around 1:50 a.m. Sunday.
Christopher Krchnavi Jr., 25, of the 800 block of Gravel Pike, was been charged with two felony counts of accidents involving death or injury, one for doing so while unlicensed, and other charges including failing to render aid, give notice to the police department of the accident, careless driving and tampering with records or identification.
He was arraigned in Red Hill District Court by Judge Catherine Hummel-Fried at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the victim’s family, Cenedra “Nedra” Magargal was crossing the street in the crosswalk at the intersection of Route 663 and Main Street in Pennsburg when she was hit by a pickup truck.
Magargal was left lying in the middle of the busy intersection on what was described as a foggy night.
“This is just unreal,” said Nedra’s mother, Tawnda. “There is just something so wrong with a human being if they can drive away after plowing down another person. How can anyone treat another person like human refuse […]?”
Nedra Magargal was found by a pair of Good Samaritans, who were driving home from a quick trip to 7-Eleven in Pennsburg.
“We had a green light and all of the sudden a black Toyota Tacoma slammed on its brakes in front of us,” recalled East Greenville resident Angela Walker. “I saw something in the roadway and, all of the sudden, that something sat up. I said, ‘Oh my God that’s a person.’”
Walker and her fiancé, Brian McDonald, said they jumped out of their vehicle to help the victim, who was reportedly dazed and didn’t know where she was or how she got there. After assessing her injuries, Walker said she and McDonald chose to move the woman because traffic continued to fly by in the intersection as another witness called 911.
Police said another motorist, identified as Namir Pistoria, also helped at the scene.
“Cars were buzzing by us and a red Ford Focus ran the red light. It was one of those things where you had to react and we didn’t think twice,” Walker explained. McDonald reportedly picked up the woman and laid her on the sidewalk until EMS arrived.
Walker said she learned the next day the victim was actually her neighbor.
Upper Perk Police, Upper Perk Ambulance and Pennsburg Fire Company Chief Scott Seip responded to the scene and the victim was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for multiple injuries, including head and leg injuries, and was admitted in critical condition.
Upper Perk Police reportedly recovered evidence from the striking vehicle at the scene, including a full passenger’s side power mirror which allegedly broke from the vehicle at the time of the impact. Witnesses at the scene said they also saw what appeared to be a piece of a black plastic bumper.
Police appealed for the public’s help via the department’s Facebook page on Sunday.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Krchnavi was north in the straight/right turn lane of Route 663 preparing to cross over Main Street when he hit Nedra Magargal, knocking her onto the street. Police said the impact broke a mirror off Krchnavi’s Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
Police found no evidence he applied the brakes before or after hitting the woman. Court documents indicated Krchnavi fled the scene of the accident and never contacted law enforcement to report what happened.
Authorities later interviewed two women who said they were at a party in the 600 block of Daisy Lane in Pennsburg around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. One said she witnessed Krchnavi arrive at the party in a “panic,” stating he thought he hit a person with his truck at “the square” in Pennsburg. Police said Krchnavi told both women he went to his garage and replaced the broken passenger side rear view mirror with another one.
Court documents went on to say the second woman at the party spoke to Krchnavi after his arrival at the party and smelled alcohol coming from his breath/person. Krchnavi reportedly told the woman he was “drunk.” He went on to say he didn’t have a driver’s license and didn’t have his vehicle insure.
Police said they later obtained a photo of Krchnavi at a bar, via social media, holding an open bottle of beer prior to the collision.
Upper Perk Police went to a Penn Street, Pennsburg garage Dec. 2 at noon and found Krchnavi’s Chevrolet Silverado with a different color right rear view mirror, police said. The driver’s side mirror matched the one found at the accident scene.
At the garage, police said Krchnavi stated “I did not know what to do, I freaked out.” He later told police he was coming from the PC Pub when he hit Magargal and fled the scene.
Police later determined Krchnavi’s driver’s license had been suspended since March 2010. According to court records, the Palm man also has a history of run-ins with police, including a June 26, 2010 charge of failing to stop/render aid at the scene of an accident at the intersection of Main Street and W. 2nd Street in Red Hill.
State police said no one was hurt in that accident, but Krchnavi fled the scene of that crash as well.
He was arrested in March 2012 by Upper Perk Police for recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.
Krchnavi is scheduled to be in Red Hill District Court for a preliminary hearing for Sunday’s accident Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.
Nedra Magargal was transferred into the Neuro/Trauma ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital with three brain bleeds earlier this week. She also sustained an injured hip and other bumps and bruises. The family said she returned home Tuesday afternoon.
While Tawnda said she is still outraged about what happened to her daughter, she is relieved she is recuperating. And she had nothing but praise for Upper Perk Police, EMS personnel and the Good Samaritans at the accident scene.
“To the man [and woman] who did stop upon seeing Nedra Lynn laying there in the crosswalk of the busiest street around here on a foggy night and got her to the sidewalk, …I thank you for being human, unlike the reason [hit-and-run] she was lying there in the first place.”
Nedra’s uncle, Paul Magargal, said he, too, wanted to thank everyone who got involved.
“I would like to thank the Good Samaritans who stopped to help my niece. In today’s society, most people would just drive by and not want to get involved. These people are truly amazing…true heroes. I understand they took her out of the street before she almost got hit by another car, probably saving her life,” he said, also thanking police, ambulance and fire personnel who cared for his niece.
“As for the person who hit her, I just pray for that person. That type of person needs prayer. How do you run over someone and drive away?”
Krchnavi was remanded to Montgomery County Prison Tuesday after being unable to post $10,000 bail.