Lewis Road Crash Victim Identified
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has joined the Limerick Police in the crash investigation.
Authorities have identified the victim in Monday afternoon's fatal crash on N. Lewis Road in Limerick Township as Merinda Thompson, 40. An autopsy on her body is scheduled for later Tuesday.
In a statement issued to local media, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman's office said that authorities are in possession of the cell phone belonging to the 18-year-old male driver of the green Ford Focus that struck Thompson as she jogged along the roadside. The driver had previously declined to provide the phone to police or to make a statement at the crash scene.
A sample of the driver's blood was also obtained for testing, the District Attorney's office said.
Authorities said their preliminary investigation found that the car was heading northbound on Lewis Road when it crossed into the southbound lane, then partially off the road, where it struck Thompson, who was jogging northbound on the southbound side.
The identity of the driver of the car has not been released by authorities. He was treated for minor injuries following the crash on Monday.