RICHLAND TWP. – A local man was killed and a woman was injured when they were struck by an apparent drunk driver while in the yard of their Turkey City home Saturday night.
Jerrold “Jerry” E. DeHart, 39, of Turkey City was pronounced dead at Clarion Hospital after being hit by a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado that had left Route 338 and came into DeHart’s yard, striking and killing him, and severely injuring a female, whose name was not released.
State police said the incident took place at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the intersection of Route 338 and Ritts Farm Road in Richland Township.
The Silverado was driven by a 23-year-old Shippenville man, whose name was not released. Police said the driver was traveling south on Route 338 when the vehicle left the roadway around a curve and went into the yard, striking DeHart and the second pedestrian.
Police said the investigation into the matter continues, however it was noted that the driver was reportedly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
Neither the driver nor his passenger, a 41-year-old St. Petersburg woman, were injured in the crash.
A Keystone High School school graduate, DeHart had ties to the Union School District area where he coached baseball in Rimersburg.
Survivors include his children, Paige, Olivia and Liam DeHart of Turkey City and Rimersburg, and Caiden and Connor Haynos of Turkey City, as well as his girlfriend, Heather Haynos of Turkey City.
DeHart worked as a house administrator at Point of Caring.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the McEntire-Weaver Funeral Home in Knox.