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Muncy man killed from hit-and-run driver last week

March 8, 2017
The Luminary

State police were looking for the hit-run driver whose car struck and killed a 54-year-old Muncy man late Wednesday night, March 1, along southbound lanes of Route 220, just west of the West Fourth Street on-ramp, in Woodward Township.

Dennis Lee Burley, of 8 N. Market St., was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries following the 11:40 p.m. crash, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr.

Police were looking for an early 2000s blue Saturn S-series with front-end damage. Investigators were asking for the public's help in providing them with any details as to the whereabouts of the car and driver.

Burley's body was found in the middle of the road in the passing lane, Kiessling said.

Investigators were not providing any details as to where Burley was standing when he was hit. Police did not know what he was doing walking in that area.

Burley currently was out on $10,000 bail and was awaiting trial on charges of allegedly robbing The Whiskey Room at West Third and Court streets in the city on Jan. 14.

At his arraignment two days after the robbery, Burley told a district judge that the motive for the robbery was to get cash to buy "cocaine, alcohol, pills whatever I could get" to help him deal with the chronic pain that he has had to deal with for several years.

"I'm in a lot of pain," he told the judge, adding that he had been "self-medicating" himself for 10 years through the many surgeries he's had to endure because he was unable to get anymore pain medication.

Burley initially was committed to the Lycoming County Prison.

The hit-and-run driver has surrendered to the state police barracks in Selinsgrove.

Burley was crossing the southbound lanes of Route 220 when he was hit by a 2001 Saturn SC1 driven by a 31-year-old Cogan Station man, whose identity was not released.

The driver was attempting to merge onto Route 220 from West Fourth Street when the accident occurred about 11:30 p.m., Trooper Troy Hansen, the lead investigator said.

Burley "struck multiple times off" the car before landing in the roadway, Hansen said, adding the driver "traveled up the road, stopped for a moment and then continued on."

The driver suffered minor injuries, he said.

Investigators recovered the car in Montour County and have impounded it, Hansen said.

"More investigative leads are being obtained and pursued. Once those leads are finalized," charges will be filed against the driver, whose name will be released at that time, Hansen said.

 
 

 

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