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South Whitehall Township hit-and-run driver identified, name withheld

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - South Whitehall Township police say they have identified the driver who hit and killed a pedestrian Sunday night, then took off.

Officials are not releasing the driver's name because the investigation is ongoing. It's not clear what, if any, charges will be filed.

Scott White, 37, of Palmerton, died in the crash.

Residents along Mauch Chunk Road say they are used to hearing cars speeding by and even the screeching of tires.

They say they were saddened to learn that White was killed on this road.

A White family member says White and his girlfriend were driving on Mauch Chunk Road Sunday night when he asked to be let out so he could walk.

Police say White was hit by a passing car and left on the side of the road.

A family member says his girlfriend returned to the area and found him injured. The Lehigh County coroner says White died from those injuries.

South Whitehall Township resident Leonard Gunshore says shortly after the accident, police were asking residents for surveillance footage.

Police say they believe the hit-and-run driver was driving a gray or silver Toyota Highlander and that the vehicle would likely have front-end damage or a broken passenger-side headlight.

A family member of White's says their family is devastated and unsure how they will explain this to White's 5-year-old son.

"This morning I went out and looked and I didn't see any skid marks at all so I figured maybe the guy never even slowed down," said Gunshore.

Residents say they have talked to township officials in the past about doing something to reduce speed on this road to no avail.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call South Whitehall Township police at 610-398-0337.

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