Hazleton Man Struck by Hit & Run Driver

By Mark Hiller | mhiller@pahomepage.com

Published 08/07 2014 06:30PM

Updated 08/07 2014 08:01PM

Hazleton, Luzerne County -- "He didn't bother to slow down. He just hit and kept going." An eyewitness who didn't want to appear on camera described the hit and run in Hazleton she saw Wednesday night around 10:30. Another person who later stopped at the scene shared photos of the aftermath. 63-year-old Sheldon Fisher was mowed down while walking along North Poplar Street just north of the intersection with Broad Street. The eyewitness and another woman ran to help the seriously injured Hazleton man. "I ran over with a towel. I told her to try and prop the guy's head up but he was bleeding pretty badly and like I said the car didn't bother to stop."

The eyewitness says the victim was walking along the shoulder of North Poplar Street where there is clearly no sidewalk where the victim was struck. Despite no sidewalks, pedestrians take their chances to get from here to there in this part of Hazleton. Pedestrian John Callaghan of Hazleton who walked Thursday afternoon near where Mr. Fisher was hit says he knows it's risky. "I feel unsafe lots of times because of the traffic. You know, it's very busy these days between motorcycles and cars and bicycles and pedestrians. It just gets to be unwieldy." When asked to comment further about not having a sidewalk there, Mr. Callaghan said "Yeah, it's very dangerous. Very dangerous indeed."

All danger aside, police say the driver who struck Mr. Fisher and fled the scene should now do the right thing. "Just to please come down, turn himself in, do the right thing so we can have closure to this investigation," said Hazleton Police Cpl. Kirk Wetzel.

Police describe the hit and run vehicle as a dark-colored SUV which may possibly be a Ford Explorer. It had a dark-colored bug guard with the image of a dragon on both sides. Anyone with information should call Hazleton Police at 570-459-4940 or 911.

As for the hit and run victim, Mr. Fisher was taken to a trauma center for treatment for what police describe as non life threatening injuries.

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