Willie Brickhouse, 61, charged in Bethlehem hit-and-run

2 pedestrians suffered serious injuries in accident

Posted: 7:17 AM EDT Jun 07, 2013   Updated: 5:33 PM EDT Jun 07, 2013

Police have revealed the names of two pedestrians who were struck late Thursday by an SUV that fled the scene, and more details about the accident.

Luis Pagan, 21, and Alexus Williams, 18, were the pedestrians injured when the driver of the SUV, Willie Brickhouse, hit them in the 300 block of Broadway on the city's south side just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

Pagan was treated for two broken legs, an injured kidney and bleeding into the abdomen, officials said, while Williams suffered a broken finger and a leg injury, and had to have numerous staples put in her head.

At around 12:30 a.m. Friday, police located a black GMC Yukon in the 700 block of Dakotah Street that matched the description of the one involved in the hit-and-run, officials said.

The SUV had substantial damage to the front end, where police found three pieces of hair, officials said.

At about 1:30 a.m., Brickhouse, 61, called 911 from his home at 511 Cherokee St., Bethlehem and told police he thought he had struck a dog, and when police went to his home, Brckhouse told them the accident happened in the 300 block of Broadway while he was driving a GMC Yukon belonging to his uncle.

Brickhouse also said he got out of the SUV, but didn't see or hear anything, officials said.

Police said Brickhouse smelled of alcohol, and admitted to having three beers and a shot of Scotch about a half-hour before he left a bar in Emmaus, Lehigh Co., officials said.

Brickhouse was arraigned on two charges of accidents involving death or personal injury and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. June 17.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information is asked to call Ofc. David Horvath at 610-865-7187.