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Driver Surrenders After Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

The driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident turned himself in to authorities, Bensalem Police say.

The man responsible for a Tuesday morning hit-and-run accident that killed at 71-year-old pedestrian turned himself in to authorities, police said.

Mario Rodriguez-Morales, 40, of the 2900 block of Knights Road, turned himself in to Bensalem Police after leaving the scene of a hit and run at Knights Road just north of Dunksferry Road that killed a pedestrian, according to police. Bensalem Police reported to the scene at 6:09 a.m.

Police identified the victim as Madanago Bakthavatchalu, a 71-year-old resident of the 2500 block of Knight Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Bensalem Police Department.

At 6 a.m., police said the striking vehicle—a light-colored pick-up truck—was traveling north on Knights Road at the intersection of Dunksferry Road, then fled the scene. Police were asking for the community's help looking for the vehicle, which they said would have front end damage on the passenger side.

Rodriguez-Morales is being charged with Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury (a third degree felony), Involuntary Manslaughter (a first degree misdemeanor) and various traffic summary offenses, according to Bensalem Police.

Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Just have an open mind n heart don't be so judgmental we are all just Human we all make mistakes it doesn't matter the race, sex or age Shit even our trusted priests do horrific crimes n they're Americans. So instead of everyone saying hateful, tasteful or ignorant comments the big picture is that PEOPLE r dying every second of everyday from hate crimes or by accidents. I'm not one t to preach about only saying kind things about other ppl or illegal ppl cuz i do slip up but is that really what we want to teach our children the ppl of tomor? I don't either approve of our 2nd language is anything other than English or we should support n take care of or fight for other countries but its not 1940's whether we like it or not its not our decision we can thank the twisted government
Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Jason I feel I must applaud u. I respect the way u phrased, well...Everything! N I absolutely agree w / your point about white ppl just straight lazy. Now a days the white man demands on a hand out unlike our parents n grandparents an how they were too proud to ever except any help on taking care of their Family. Now I am a white woman an yes I have in the past n yet again am struggling to raise my 2 amazingly, smart, funny n healthy children on my own an I'm helping my brother w/his Lil boy n my sister w her baby so they both can work n provide for their kids, yes I'm the only one that they can depend n rely on n know that their kids are safe happy an well loved. But that also leaves me w/no one to fall back on so yes there's sometimes I do need a helping hand at times that is but the government feels otherwise. Even though I have major medical issues as well as my one child that is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis n lymes, n his father a white American is in federal prison due to a heinous crime that apparently to Mr. Dumbass B. Feels only illegal aliens can n will commit. Am I a lazy white person? Hell no! But my heart is bigger then my chest to help others in need n I take the back burner n find ways around supporting my beautiful family.
Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Point is I agree w/ the white man (not all but a large portion) being lazy, full of hate, extremely judgmental n apparently hate themselves n the lives they are living. Thank you for listening, I apologize for the length of this comment Jason...
Liberty 1 February 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Meghan, u r a product of our fine public schools right?
Disjointed February 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Another drinking night and Wawa stop for an open faced roast beef sandwich before this diatribe?

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