RICHLAND TWP., Pa. - Police say they believe they know exactly who hit a Bucks County man while he was mowing his lawn and took off. Now, they're asking for the public's help to find him.
Joel McGriff, 40, of Milford Township, is charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, careless driving, failure to render aid or give information, among other charges.
They say a random tip led them to the driver, but now they just hope he turns himself in to give the family some closure.
Kelly Pleasanton cannot fathom that anyone would leave the scene of a crime.
"Like how do you go to bed at night knowing you hit somebody and could possibly kill them? And just walk away?" she said.
Pleasanton says her dad, John Gruver, was just out cutting his grass on Thursday, something he loves doing, when his life changed in an instant.
"My mom was sitting in the living room today when she heard a bang and the dogs started barking, she looked out the window and found my dad laying in the front yard," she said.
Police say McGriff was driving his girlfriend's car on the 200 block of Mill Road, hit 70-year old Gruver, and just kept going. They say the girlfriend contacted them because her car was damaged, and she apparently didn't even know about the hit-and-run. And that led them to McGriff.
"Yes I mean you think about how through an investigation you hope to get to that point but this took a couple steps out of it to find that vehicle," said Chief Richard Ficco of Richland Township Police.
Chief Ficco says they also have neighborhood video that shows the car and shows McGriff allegedly leaving the scene, the chief believes, fully aware of what he did.
"Oh there's no doubt. We have the vehicle, and there's no way he didn't know that he struck something I can guarantee you that, but it was probably pretty evident that he struck a person," Ficco said.
"You can't hit someone and leave, it's not right its not ok, what if that was their dad or their brother or sister or anybody?" Pleasanton said.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on McGriff's whereabouts to call the Richland Township Police Department at 215-536-9500.