A New York man who said he was late for a football game fled after hitting another car on Route 222 over the weekend in Muhlenberg Township, leaving the front fender of the his girlfriend’s car on the freeway, police said Monday.
Asanie A. Mulby, 23, of Deer Park, was charged with hit and run, reckless driving, illegal racing and related counts after the accident on Saturday afternoon. He remained free to await a hearing following his arraignment before District Judge Priscilla Campos of Reading Central Court.
According to the Muhlenberg police criminal complaint:
A woman was driving southbound in the left lane of Route 222 about a half mile south of the Route 61 interchange when her car was struck in the driver’s side rear by a red Volkswagen Jetta. Witnesses said the Jetta came up behind it at such high speed that they knew it was going to crash into the car in front of it.
Some witnesses said it appeared that prior to the crash, the driver of the Jetta, later identified as Mulby, appeared to be piloting another unidentified car and weaving through traffic. The Jetta hit the victim’s car as Mulby attempted to pass over the left shoulder, according to a motorist who had to stop in the median to avoid being hit by the Jetta.
No injuries were reported.
After the collision, the Jetta veered into the grassy median and passed the car it had been racing with, and continued south.
The witness followed the fleeing Jetta, the video recording the car, which emitted smoke and was hampered by damage to the front end, including a flat tire.
He provided 911 dispatchers with a description of the Jetta, including its New York license plate.
Less than 10 minutes after the Berks 911 Center broadcast a broadcast for the car, a Bern Township police officer pulled over a Jetta with a New York license plate as it was leaving a self-storage facility. service along Route 183. The car had heavy damage to the front passenger side and the front fender was missing.
Mulby was in the driver’s seat and had a male passenger on board. Mulby told police his girlfriend owned the car.
Although he denied running, he admitted he was in a rush because he was late for a football game.