Driver charged with leaving scene of Ag Progress Days crash that hurt pedestrian

mdawson@centredaily.comDecember 5, 2013 

A Franklin County man faces criminal charges after his truck’s manure spreader ran over and injured a pedestrian at Ag Progress Days this summer.

Scott Ridenour, 36, of Greencastle, allegedly left the scene of the Aug. 15 crash on the grounds of Ag Progress Days in Ferguson Township and did not report it to police, according to the charging document Penn State police filed this week.

Instead, police said, Ridenour called his employer, who advised him to keep going.

Police said the pedestrian suffered a broken hip from the crash, but police didn’t identify the person.

The crash happened as the pedestrian was knocked to the ground by the manure spreader’s tires, which then ran over the person’s foot and caused the injuries.

Later in the investigation, police identified Ridenour as a suspect, and they said he returned to State College after being asked.

University Police Chief Tyrone Parham declined to identify the employer and said the employer would not be charged.

Parham said Ridenour was driving the truck for a vendor display company.

“We have concluded the investigation, and as of this time, we will not be filing any additional charges,” Parham said. “As of this time, it would be inappropriate for us to name the defendant’s employer since they were not charged.”

Ridenour is charged with a felony count of accidents involving death or personal injury and two summary counts.

His bail is set at $15,000 unsecured, and he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT.

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