Bensalem Police Arrest Hit and Run Suspect Less Than 12 Hours From Incident.

Alex Lloyd Gross photo- Delaware valley The car suspected in the hit and run.

By Alex Lloyd Gross

Richard McCausland, of Bensalem was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, homicide by motor vehicle and related offenses. Bensalem Police said that he was the person behind the wheel of an Alien Green Kia Soul earlier today, August 12, 2019 on Hulmeville Road. It was there, at the intersection of Kings Lane and Hulmeville Road,that he is alleged to have struck and killed 38 year old Timothy McGuire, of Ogden Ave. Bensalem.

Alex Lloyd Gross-Photo- Delaware Valley . Detectives gather evidence

The force of the impact was so severe, it ripped off part of the front  end of the car. McGuire laid on the front lawn of a house, obscured by bushes, as McCausland sped away to a house on Edgewood Avenue.  It was not until  close to 6:00 AM that a passerby found him and  authorities were called.

Detectives Brian Oliverio and Glenn Vandergrift gathered up part of the car and learned the make and model . They put it out over social media that they were looking for that make and model vehicle. Once the media picked up on it,  the story went viral and the right people called in a car matching that description backed into a driveway on Edgewood Avenue in Bensalem.  The car is not in McCausland’s name and he is said to have used it without permission. It belongs to his mothers business.

The vehicle that police found had extensive damage.  “As always,  police need community support  and it was this support that lead to one family getting closure, due to news media and social media outlets getting the word out about this,” said Director of Public Safety for Bensalem, Fred Harran. McCausland is no stranger to the criminal justice system, with minor charges on his record. 

The irony is that if he had just stopped and called police at the scene, he would have maybe been given a traffic ticket , now he is facing felony charges. You can read the original story here.