BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — Police have arrested and charged a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed a man in Bensalem early Monday morning. Police say 21-year-old Richard McCausland has been identified as the driver who killed 38-year-old Timothy McGuire.
“Just to hit someone, OK it’s a mistake, it was an accident. But just don’t leave someone there. He could have been alive,” McGuire’s father, Dennis McGuire, said.
He is still grieving just hours after learning his son was struck and killed by a driver and left for dead on the side of the road.
“He was on his way home last night and his phone wasn’t working so he couldn’t get a hold of me to go pick him up, because I usually do. Next thing I know police are at my house at 11 o’clock this morning,” he said.
McCausland is being held on $500,000 bail. He has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other related offenses.
Police say McGuire was walking with traffic on Bristol Pike near Hulmeville Road when he was struck and killed, around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Investigators say McGuire, of Ogden, was discovered in bushes near the road, around 6 a.m., by a woman out for a walk.
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The car McCausland was believed to be driving was found in his driveway on the 800 block of Edgewood Avenue on Monday afternoon. Police also say the car is his mother’s company car and he was driving it without her permission.
The car is badly damaged. Several pieces of the right fender and headlight were recovered from the scene.
“He had to be going very fast to hit someone like that and do damage to a car,” Arlene Beltz, a neighbor of McCausland, said.
“You have the duty in Pennsylvania to render aid. At the very least, you should have been human about it and stopped and not taken off like an animal and not let this person die by the side of the road,” said Bensalem Director of Public Safety Fred Harran.
With the suspect behind bars, McGuire’s dad can rest a little easier knowing justice will be served, but it doesn’t take away the pain of losing a son.
“I’m more puzzled than anything. Once I get answers, I’ll handle it. I’ll be alright,” he said.
CBS3’s Dan Koob and Kimberly Davis contributed to this report.