Details Revealed on Pedestrian Death in Rofo

Royersford Police Chief Kevin Schurr released information late Tuesday night in regard to a fatal accident that occurred during rush hour in Royersford.

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.

Stephen Eickhoff February 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I understand everyone's feelings on this, but we don't know how fast the car was going. Chief Schurr seems to believe that Mr. Murdock may have been crossing the intersection diagonally, which is dangerous. At rush hour, it's likely that there were cars in the turn lanes, which makes it even more dangerous due to reduced visibility. A lack of attention or a distraction could have caused this: a 25 MPH impact is quite fast enough to kill someone.
jackaroe February 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
its true... that no one goes 25 mph through there. its no different than the royersford elementary school zone. it says 15mph but people are doing 40mph. the speed zones are only good when enforced. i don't care of the man was dancing in the middle of the road... at 25mph through rush hour traffic no less there should be a level of awareness. there is a lack of respect for people crossing the road and it seems to be quite common that people are getting struck by cars in Royersford.
Joni February 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I travel this road often and was there ten minutes after the accident. That section of Main St is not very well lit, and as dark as it was even with normal rush hour traffic I can see how it would be difficult to see a pedestrian crossing street. I find it hard to believe that anyone is going 40 miles an hour at 6:00 pm at that light. It's a congested area and most nights I rarely get out of second gear until I am blocks away.
Michael Murdock March 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Such a "congested" area...yet the police have not ONE witness?
ALICE March 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Mike and i live in rural Maryland and we have DARK roads. Thats why cars have headlights. I truly think this was caused by inattentiveness, but only 2 know the truth..the driver and God


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