Southeastern PA

One pedestrian killed, another hurt along interestate highway in Bucks County

Police say both pedestirans may have been under influence of alcohol

LOWER MAKEFIELD TWP., Pa. - One pedestrian was killed and another injured after being hit along Interstate 95 in Bucks County, and police believe both of the pedestrians may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the tragedy.

State police said the tragic events began to unfold shortly after midnight Sunday when 30-year-old Benjamin Melendez, a passenger in a disabled vehicle along I-95 North in Lower Makefiled Township, called a friend for help.

When the friend arrived, Melendez got out of his car and was struck by the mirror of a Lexus driving in the right lane, according to police.

Levittown resident Daniel Raymond, the driver who was traveling with Melendez, tried to drag Melendez from the road, and both were hit by a Hyundai Santa Fe, killing Melendez and inuring Raymond, who was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to police.

The possibility of alcohol use by both pedestrians is being investigated, police said.

The drivers of the two cars that hit the pedestrians were not injured, police said.

At this point, no charges have been filed in this case, and police did not say whether they will consider filing any charges.


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