Reward offered in hit-and-run that killed Twin Valley grad

Family collecting donations on GoFundMe site

HONEY BROOK, Pa. - The family of a man fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Gavin Manness was hit by a car while walking along Hill Road in West Caln Township, Chester County, early Sunday morning, police said.

Manness had been in an accident of his own shortly before being struck and was walking home at the time, according to his family.

Manness later died of his injuries at Paoli Hospital; the striking vehicle fled the area, police said.

Manness, 20, was a 2015 graduate of Twin Valley High School in Caernarvon Township, Berks County, where he played lacrosse. He was set to start working this week at RV Industries of Honey Brook, according to his obituary.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations toward the reward it's offering. Once the $5,000 goal is reached, a donor will add $10,000 to it, according to the page.

Ally Clinton, a close friend of Manness, expressed disbelief over the incident.

"I was blown awaym" Clinton said. "For the person to run, it was just like heartbreaking."

I've never known anybody that was killed in a hit and run," she said. "So it was like, 'Why Gavin?'"

Anyone who was driving in the area at the time or who has information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact the state police Embreeville barracks at 610-486-6280.

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