An investigation is still ongoing in the of a 72-year-old man that occurred on Main Street in Royersford on Tuesday night. The accident occurred at 6:15 p.m. between 9th Avenue and Lewis Road, near .
Chief Kevin Schurr said Samuel Murdock, 72, of in Spring City, was coming from , 850 Main St., after he picked up his cat. Murdock attempted to cross the street to get to the bus stop, which would have taken him back to his home in Spring City.
He was struck by a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Kimberly Villanova of Schwenksville. Murdock suffered severe head trauma. Royersford Officer David Taylor reported earlier in the night that a witness/passerby performed CPR on Murdock until EMS came to the scene. Schurr said Murdock was preliminarily pronounced dead on the scene. He was transported to the hospital and subsequently pronounced dead due to his injuries.
"[The road] is heavily-traveled at that point in time," Schurr said. "It was rush hour and it's dark at that point. He cut across diagonal in front of the Veterinary Hospital to get to the other side of Main Street and was impacted by Ms. Villanova, who was traveling westbound. She did not see him in the travel portion of the road. All indications indicate the impact did occur in the traveled lane."
In the aftermath of the accident, Murdock's cat carrier was broken on the side of the road. Schurr confirmed that someone on the scene of the accident recovered Murdock's cat. The cat appears to be OK and is back at the Veterinary Hospital. It will be released to Murdock's relatives on Wednesday.
The family, who is not in the immediate area, was notified of the incident. From what police know, Schurr said, Murdock resided by himself.
The road was closed from the time of the accident until about 10 p.m., when it was reopened to the public. Schurr confirmed Villanova stayed on scene and cooperated with police after the accident. No charges have been released for Villanova. Schurr confirmed that speed was not a factor in the accident, but a toxicology report is pending.