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Towamencin Township officer struck by car

TOWAMENCIN, Pa. - A Towamencin Township police officer was struck Tuesday night after responding to a vehicle that struck a deer.

Officials say Upper Gwynedd and Towamencin Township police were on the scene at Valley Forge Road near Hunter Hill Road just before 9 p.m. A uniformed Towamencin officer, James Gibbas, was first on scene and parked his patrol car behind the vehicle that struck a deer, which was partially obstructing the northbound lane of Valley Forge Road. 

Gibbas grabbed a flashlight and directed traffic, but was hit by a vehicle that went around the officer's patrol car traveling northbound on Valley Forge Road. 

Police say the Gibbas sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. The township's police department says they are confident he will recover and see no critical circumstances.  

The driver of the vehicle that struck the officer was an 89-year-old woman who was cooperative with investigators, officials say. Evidence will be sent to the Montgomery County DA's office, who will determine if charges should be filed. To date, the driver hasn't been issued any citations. 

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