New Castle News

March 13, 2014

Charges filed in fatal hit-and-run

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Shenango Township police have charged a city man following a collision that killed a pedestrian walking on Route 422.

Steven David Fraley, 29, of 930 Beckford St. is charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, failing to stop and give or render aid, failing to notify police of an accident involving injury or death, driving an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle without insurance, attempted tampering with physical evidence and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection. Charges were filed before District Judge David Rishel.

The body of Charles W. Bobro, 55, of 20 E. North St., was found on the side of Route 422 near Red Apple/Kwik Fill at 10:45 p.m. Feb. 28.

Police said it was apparent that Bobro had been struck by a vehicle while walking along the highway. They noted there are no street lights in the vicinity, so the area was dark and visibility reduced.

Officers said they observed skid marks that veered toward the center lane and showed a slight deviation. The officer said he believes that was caused by the impact. Officers said they believe Bobro had been thrown by the vehicle, landed on the westbound berm and slid for some distance on the road following impact.

On March 3, police said, officers learned a vehicle that appeared to have been in a recent accident was found at City Glass on Beckford Street. Police said the vehicle’s windshield was shattered and appeared to have blood on it. No animal hair was seen on the car, as is common when a vehicle strikes a large animal, police said.

The business owner told police the car’s owner, Fraley, had contacted City Glass to replace a windshield and said he would be paying personally, not through his insurance. Officers had the car towed to the Shenango Township police station.

Fraley told officers he had “hit something near McKesson” around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

He told police he saw something tall and dark close to his car. He said he tried to swerve to miss it but struck it with his vehicle. He said he thought he had hit an animal, but later told police he knew he had struck a person.

Asked why he had not stopped, Fraley told officers he believed his insurance had lapsed and was afraid to contact police, they said.