Pottsville Police say a Saint Clair man was drunk behind the wheel of a pickup truck when he struck a 12-year-old girl last month in the city’s downtown.
According to information released Wednesday morning by Pottsville PD, 38-year-old Fred Yeastedt will be charged with the following in connection with the incident that happened back on Oct. 29:
- Aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI
- Aggravated assault by vehicle
- Accidents involving death or injury
- Failure to yield to right of way to pedestrians
- Careless driving
- Reckless driving
- Traffic control signal violations
Police say Yeastedt was drunk when he struck a 12-year-old Pottsville girl near the intersection of N. Centre and E. Race streets at around 6 p.m. that evening. The girl was crossing the street when she was hit by the vehicle.
Following the incident, police asked for the public’s help in identifying the vehicle and driver, knowing only that it was a dark blue or black pickup truck that fled the scene. A few days later, Pottsville PD reported they’d identified the driver but didn’t release the name.
In new information released today, police say the 12-year-old girl sustained serious injuries and has required prolonged medical care.
After police identified Yeastedt as the driver of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, he initially denied being involved in the incident. Police say they used video surveillance footage in combination with witness statements to identify him.
Yeastedt will be arraigned “in the near future” according to police. Pottsville Detective Joseph Welsh filed a criminal complaint with District Judge James Reiley on Wednesday.
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