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Driver is charged in semi crash

A Corry man has been charged almost a year after an alleged hit-and-run involving a tractor-trailer and bicycle.

William D. Beck, 62, of Corry, is charged with accidents involving injury or death, aggravated assault by vehicle, accident involving damage to attended vehicle or property, and several summary traffic violations.

According to police, the crash took place shortly before 9 p.m. Aug. 26, 2019, on Route 6 near Scotts Crossing.

A witness told police the semi had swerved and almost struck the guiderail, according to the affidavit of probable cause. “When the witness reached the area where they believed the guiderail had been struck, they observed the victim … lying near the guiderail.”

“The witness reported that the semi continued east,” according to the affidavit. “The victim’s bicycle was located east of the victim.”

The victim was unconscious when transported from the scene by emergency helicopter, police said.

The truck showed green paint transfer, according to the affidavit. The paint was examined and determined as a possible match for the bicycle’s paint.

Material believed to be blood that was found on the truck’s passenger side front and rear mudflaps was also examined. Police said there was not enough DNA present to determine if the presumed blood had come from the victim.

The trucking company owner gave police Beck’s itinerary, according to the affidavit, which showed that he was likely in the area the crash took place at about the right time.

He told police that Beck had reported striking a deer near Bald Eagle, Pa., during the trip and had sent photos.

According to police, Beck eventually admitted that he had not struck a deer but had run into the guiderail on Route 6 near Scotts Crossing.

Beck told police “he did not know he hit a bicyclist,” according to the affidavit.

Beck was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Raymond Zydonik.

He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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