WESTMORELAND – The driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a man in Westmoreland on Wednesday afternoon will not be ticketed, according to New York State Police.
Just after 12 p.m. Wednesday, 71-year-old Charles Thomas Hast was struck by a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Bruce Neidl of Westmoreland while Hast was walking back from getting his mail, at his mailbox across the street from his house.
Photo submitted by Charles Thomas Hast's family
Neidl, who was driving a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage southbound on Bartlett Road, approached a hill in the road and then saw Hast walking near the double solid yellow line, and police say he tried to swerve but couldn’t avoid hitting Hast.
Hast, who just recently retired as pastor of the Bartlett Baptist Church in Westmoreland, died of his injuries at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Police say the crash occurred due to pedestrian error, because Hast was in the middle of the road, and Neidl will not be ticketed. The speed limit in that area is 55 mph, according to police.