A pickup truck struck and killed a woman who witnesses said had just left Wawa and was possibly using her cellphone as she crossed a busy Bucks County road Wednesday morning.
The crash happened along Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 1) near the Interplex Circle in Bensalem, Pennsylvania around 5:05 a.m.
Police arrived shortly after the wreck to find a green Chevrolet pickup truck stopped at the scene with the woman's body laying on the ground with her purse nearby, according to Bensalem Police investigators.
Witnesses told police the woman -- later identified as 51-year-old Maria Feher of Philadelphia -- appeared to be walking from the Wawa to the Lincoln Motel across the highway and talking on her cellphone when the southbound truck struck her, said investigators.
The pickup driver remained on the scene and told police that the woman came out of nowhere, investigators said. It appeared that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the wreck.
Police closed the Route 1 from Old Lincoln Highway until where it becomes the Roosevelt Boulevard at the Philadelphia line and diverted cars around the scene for more than five hours as accident investigators worked to figure out more clues. There are no sidewalks in the area.
Investigators hoped to confirm if the woman was actually using her cellphone at the time of the wreck. They asked anyone who saw something to call 215-633-3719.
Local investigators said this was the second time in the past few days that someone on his or her phone stepped out into traffic.