Scenery Hill woman killed in hit-and-run; Ellsworth man charged

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An Ellsworth man was in Washington County jail on multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, following the death of a pedestrian on Route 917 in the borough.


Robert Lee Myers, 42, was held in the death of Brittany Marie Chapman, 29, of Ursic Lane, Scenery Hill. He was arraigned Saturday morning before District Judge Larry Hopkins, who denied bond.


Myers did not have a driver’s license, according to the criminal complaint.


According to state police, Myers was driving a pickup truck southbound on Route 917, also Main Street, and struck the victim at 8:40 p.m. as she walked along the side of the road in front of 110 S. Main St., about 100 yards south of Juniper Street.


Chapman was pronounced dead at 9:31 p.m. by county coroner Tim Warco, who listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.


State police said Myers fled, but they located his truck, took him into custody and then took him to Washington Hospital for suspicion of DUI. The charges also include recklessly endangering another person, careless driving, reckless driving and failing to stop.


It could not be determined whether the driver and victim knew one another, but according to the criminal complaint, both were in Rembrandt’s Roadhouse on Main Street in Bentleyville Friday.


Ellsworth Fire Department and Fort Cherry Ambulance Service assisted state police.


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