Authorities in Venango County are searching for an unidentified man who is described as a white male wearing a red hat, a white muscle shirt, blue jeans, and a dark colored backpack who fled the scene of an accident near Oil City on Sunday. Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police say that at 4:40PM on Sunday, March 21st the unidentified man was traveling south down Allegheny Boulevard in Sugarcreek heading toward Oil City when he suddenly veered off of the road and collided with a roadside sign, and then drove down an embankment into the parking lot of Goss Gas. A witness told investigators that the man emerged from the vehicle and begged people not to call the police because he didn’t have a license and asked for a ride. He left by following the railroad tracks on foot in the direction of Oil City. The man was driving a black Chevy Avalanche with PA Plate number ZNA3210. Anyone with information should call the Franklin State Police at (814)676-6596.
A 70 year old woman was hospitalized following a crash at the intersection of West Ridge and Millfair roads in Fairview Township Erie County. Police say Carolyn Smith was passing through the intersection on a steady green light when another drive drove through a red light and collided with the driver’s side door of her car. Carolyn had to be extricated from her vehicle and then was taken to a hospital in Erie under suspicion that she had suffered a serious injury. As of the writing of the story investigators have not charged the other driver, Caleb Voelker, with any violations.
In State News, Pennsylvania has made the single largest government commitment to solar energy in the nation. The initiative is known as PULSE which stands for Project to Utilize Light and Solar Energy and is in partnership with Constellation and Lightsource. Seven solar arrays will be constructed on leased farmland in seven mid state counties and should eventually provide half of the state government’s electricity needs. PULSE is set to go online in 2023.