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Motorist Charged with Murder in Hit & Run Death of Pedestrian, 70

August 28, 2018

Contact: Robert D. James, 215.348.6332, rdjames@buckscounty.org

Anthony Woods
    Anthony M. Woods

A 41-year-old Fallsington man was charged today with third-degree murder in the Aug. 21 hit-and-run death of a 70-year-old pedestrian in Falls Township.

Anthony M. Woods, 41, of Nottingham Court, also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or injury, homicide by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, possession of drug paraphernalia, false reports to law enforcement authorities and related summary driving offenses in the death of Emanuel Weintraub.

Woods was arraigned late this afternoon before Magisterial District Judge John J. Kelly Jr. of Levittown, who ordered him held without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11 before Magisterial District Judge Jan Vislosky of Fallsington.

Weintraub was fatally struck shortly after 9 p.m. in the 8800 block of New Falls Road. Police arrived to find him lying face-down and unconscious in the roadway with head and leg injuries. He was taken to St. Mary Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

The collision was captured on surveillance video and witnessed by multiple people, according to a probable cause affidavit. The document says that Weintraub was crossing the two-lane roadway in a crosswalk when a four-door sedan crossed a double-yellow line to pass another car that had stopped at the intersection to let Weintraub get by safely.

The passing vehicle struck Weintraub, throwing him at least 20 feet in the air, and drove off without stopping, the affidavit said.

When initially interviewed by Falls Township police, the affidavit said, Woods told investigators that he had broken the windshield of his car while "copping drugs" in Philadelphia, and that the windshield was repaired by an auto glass business in Trenton.

The owner of the repair shop told police that Woods, after speaking to investigators, had contacted him, telling him not to talk to police and asking him to throw away the receipt from the work done on Woods' car, according to the affidavit.

On Monday, police executed a search warrant at Woods' home, finding several empty heroin bags and a receipt from the auto-glass repair shop for a new windshield on his 2007 Nissan Altima, the affidavit said. Woods' father told police that his son had called him and admitted to killing the victim, saying he would turn himself in today.

In a second interview today with police, Woods admitted being the driver of the car that struck Weintraub, the affidavit said.

Woods told police that he believed he had struck a child instead of an adult, and that he did not stop because he believed he had drugs in his system, the affidavit said.

The case has been assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James, chief of the Homicide by Vehicle Division. It is being investigated by the Falls Township Police Department.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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