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Easton police arrest man accused of critically injuring Lafayette student in pedestrian hit-and-run

Man charged in hit-and-run

EASTON, Pa. - A 49-year-old Martins Creek man has been arrested for leaving the scene of a pedestrian hit-and-run crash in Easton that left a Lafayette College freshman student in critical condition.

Wilson David Kneebone, of the 6200 block of Fifth Ave. in the Martins Creek section of Lower Mount Bethel Township, was taken into custody Saturday evening, about  24 hours after police say he left the scene of the crash that severely injured the Lafayette student.

Police say the crash happened around 6 p.m. Friday along Lehigh Drive when a Jeep hit a pedestrian.

The female pedestrian, who police are not identifying, is currently in critical, but stable condition at an area hospital.

Kneebone is facing several charges. Among them are aggravated assault by a vehicle and driving with a suspended/revoked license.

Lafayette College officials have issued the following statement in response to the incident:

"There continues to be great concern on our campus for the injured student and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Paul McLoughlin, the Dean of Students, sent a message yesterday to students, faculty, and staff expressing the hope that the student will respond well to the treatment she is receiving and urging everyone to keep the student and her family and friends in their thoughts in the coming days. 'It is during difficult times like these when we can come together as a College community to support each another and to harness our collective efforts in sending healing thoughts,' he said. 'The student is a member of the Lafayette Crew Club and was leaving the College's boathouse following crew practice when she was injured.'"

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