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Motorcycle breaks down near Womelsdorf; rider killed walking across 422, state police say

Deadly accident being investigated by troopers as hit-and-run

Deadly pedestrian accident investigated as hit-and-run

HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - An accident that killed a 30-year-old pedestrian in front of his wife and friends on Wednesday night is now being investigated as a hit-and-run, according to police.

Investigators said James Gladfelter, of Womelsdorf, was riding a motorcycle with four others when his bike broke down around 9 p.m. near Weiser Lane. His wife was trailing behind in a vehicle that then pulled over with its blinkers on, police said.

"[Gladfelter] knew somebody that lived across the street and he was going to walk across the street and see if he could leave his motorcycle there until he could come and get it... and when he walked out into the travel lane, he was hit," said Trooper David Beohm, Pennsylvania State Police.

"I heard a really loud crash and I heard this lady screaming so loud," said Amber Auman, who lives near the scene. "The guy was lying in the middle of the street and I was like, 'Oh my God.'"

The driver, Yovanny Maldonado-Rosado, 34, of Reading, continued driving in his 2006 Suzuki SUV, according to police.

He was then followed by the other motorcyclists and ultimately turned around, police said.

Gladfelter died at the scene. Route 422 was closed for approximately five hours.

As of now, Maldonado-Rosado has not been charged. Police are investigating to determine how fast he was driving.

According to people who live in the area, drivers often drive far too fast along 422 near the scene of the crash.

"Some of 'em are really flying, that I can tell you," said Victor Cox.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call state police.


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