Teen, 19, Killed, Her Boyfriend Hurt By Hit-and-Run Driver in Bucks County

The young woman was walking with her boyfriend when they were struck by a pickup truck.

A 19-year-old woman died Tuesday after she and her boyfriend were struck the previous night by a pickup truck while crossing a road in Bucks County.

The driver got out to help the boyfriend move the woman to the side of the road before fleeing the scene, police said.

Jess Kurtz and Will Vanarsdale, both recent Bensalem High School graduates, were crossing Street Road at Philmont Avenue in Trevose about 8:15 p.m. Monday when they were hit.

Kurtz Vanarsdale Hit and Run
Jess Kurtz and Will Vanarsdale were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Trevose, Bucks County, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Kurtz later died.

Police are looking for a man driving a 1990s Ford pickup truck, Lower Southampton investigators said.

The driver apparently stopped briefly at the scene to help move one victim to the side of the road but then drove off.

Kurtz and Vanarsdale, 18, were both taken to a nearby hospital. Kurtz died sometime Tuesday.

Jess Kurtz died after she and her boyfriend, Will Vanarsdale, were struck Monday night by a pickup truck driver at Street Road and Philmont Avenue. Police are now searching for the driver.

The driver appeared to be around 30 years old, standing a little more than 6-feet tall, with a thin build. He wore a blue baseball cap, possibly with a New York Knicks logo, black shirt and dark jeans.

The two-tone maroon and tan or gray pickup, which includes a ladder rack, should be missing a passenger side mirror and also have a broken passenger-side headlight, police said.

Street Road Hit And Run

Police hoped that surveillance video could help them in the search for the driver.


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Anyone with information is asked to contact Lower Southampton Township Police at 215-357-1234.

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