New Jersey Man Charged for Hit-and Run Killing at Levittown McDonald’s
A New Jersey man has been arrested and jailed on Friday for the hit-and-run killing of Levittowns ‘s Jason Smith.
Daniel Dietrich, 44 of Palmyra, was arraigned late Friday afternoon by District Court Judge Kevin P Wagner on one count of criminal homicide, two counts of accidents involving death and one summary traffic offense. Bail was denied by Wagner.
Attempts to reach investigators about the arrest on Saturday were unsuccessful, however, a local source said Smith’s fiance Elise Poor confirmed the arrest late Friday night after local news stories ran about the investigation.
Smith was struck and killed on February 5 in the McDonalds parking lot, 7700 Bristol Pike in Bristol Township.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub at a press conference the following day said Smith and the driver of the truck were involved in some type of brief altercation in the parking lot,
The specifics of the altercation were not clear, Weintraub said, but added that Smith, after parking his vehicle went to the back of it and retrieved “an object of some kind” before he was run over by the pickup truck.
The striking vehicle authorities said was possibly a gray Chevrolet Silverado 4-door pickup truck, approximately a 2013 model, with a 4×4 sticker on both sides of the bed, black rims, and a front vanity license plate. The truck may be missing an oval shaped black plastic trim piece, described as an end cap for the driver side running board.
Days after investigators focused on locating the striking vehicle and apparently they have with an arrest being made Friday.
Sources say the DA’s office has scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m Monday to announce Dietrich’s arrest. Attempts to reach the DA’s office for confirmation were unsuccessful as of Sunday morning.