At around 10:30pm on Tuesday, Hazleton City Police, Hazleton City Fire, and multiple EMS units responded to the intersection of Church Street and Diamond Avenue after multiple reports to 911 of a motor vehicle accident with confinement.
Via Hazleton City Police press release:
Hazleton Police arrived on the scene and located (4) vehicles with extensive damage, and three persons entrapped in Honda Odyssey on the northwest corner of Diamond and Church Street and an unoccupied GMC K1500 Pickup truck with substantial front end damage resting in the intersection.
Further investigation determined that the GMC K1500 truck bearing PA Registration was owned by Jordan Evancho, (06/99) was traveling south on Church Street and allegedly attempted to drive between the two southbound lanes of traffic, which were both occupied with vehicular traffic. The truck struck the back end of 2001 Honda Odyssey also bearing PA registration and operated by a male Hispanic, (11/53), front seat passenger a female Hispanic, (01/89) and back seat passenger, a female Hispanic, (11/07).
The truck then struck a third vehicle a, 2013 Honda CRV bearing PA Registration owned and operated by a male Hispanic, (09/96). The truck continued to push the 2001 Honda Odyssey in a southwestern direction causing it to strike a fourth vehicle a 2007 Honda Accord bearing PA Registration, operated by female Hispanic, (04/90) and occupied by a male Hispanic (07/96) passenger.
The truck eventually continued into the intersection where it came to rest. The operator of the truck, later identified as the owner, Jordan Evancho, fled the scene on foot after him and a male front seat passenger (03/92) kicked out the passenger’s side window to exit the vehicle. The male passenger was located lying in the grass on the northwest corner complaining of pain and was transported to LVHH by APTS.
The occupants of the Honda Odyssey had to be extricated by Hazleton Fire Department from the vehicle and were then transported by APTS to LVHH. The operator of the third vehicle above also complained of pain and was transported to LVHH. The occupants of the fourth vehicle stated that they were uninjured.
While on scene witnesses indicated they were waiting in traffic on the south side of Diamond Avenue and observed the driver of the truck flee the scene East on Spring Street.
Upon checking the area, Officer Scott Greene located Evancho in the area of Fern Street when he attempted to flee on foot from the officer. Evancho was taken into custody in the area of Fern Street and Sherman Court without incident. Evancho was then transported to LVHH to submit to a blood test for allegedly driving while under the influence of an illegal controlled dangerous substance. Officers located two bags of a white powdered substance inside the vehicle and drug paraphernalia, which was seized and sent for testing. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
All the vehicles involved were towed from the scene by Caputo’s towing.