Crime

Man waives preliminary hearing for failing to report accident

A State College man charged with failing to report an accident that injured one of his passengers, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Ryan Mortimer, 22, of Port Matilda crashed his vehicle Oct. 13 on Benner Run Road.

Pennsylvania state police say Mortimer never reported the crash, which left a passenger with minor injuries.

The affidavit of probable cause indicates the “vehicle left the roadway, struck the embankment and rolled over onto the road, coming to a rest on its wheels.”

Court documents allege Mortimer drove the vehicle home “on three tires, without notifying police.”

Mount Nittany Medical Center informed police about the crash after a passenger received medical treatment for minor injuries.

A state trooper discovered a “crashed vehicle with damage to the roof, right-front bumper and damaged windshield” when arriving at Mortimer’s home to interview him, according to court documents.

Mortimer allegedly told police the accident occurred when he tried to avoid a deer.

The affidavit also indicates Mortimer told police that he took another passenger home to Julian after the crash.

Mortimer had a suspended license and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to court documents. .

Mortimer has been charged with 15 offenses, including accident involving death or personal injury, accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed and summary offenses relating to tire equipment and traction surfaces, safety glass and the failure to exhibit a valid registration card.

Jalelah Ahmed, 235-4631, jahmed@centredaily.com

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