Driver Surrenders After Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

The driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident turned himself in to authorities, Bensalem Police say.

The man responsible for a Tuesday morning hit-and-run accident that killed at 71-year-old pedestrian turned himself in to authorities, police said.

Mario Rodriguez-Morales, 40, of the 2900 block of Knights Road, turned himself in to Bensalem Police after leaving the scene of a hit and run at Knights Road just north of Dunksferry Road that killed a pedestrian, according to police. Bensalem Police reported to the scene at 6:09 a.m.

Police identified the victim as Madanago Bakthavatchalu, a 71-year-old resident of the 2500 block of Knight Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Bensalem Police Department.

At 6 a.m., police said the striking vehicle—a light-colored pick-up truck—was traveling north on Knights Road at the intersection of Dunksferry Road, then fled the scene. Police were asking for the community's help looking for the vehicle, which they said would have front end damage on the passenger side.

Rodriguez-Morales is being charged with Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury (a third degree felony), Involuntary Manslaughter (a first degree misdemeanor) and various traffic summary offenses, according to Bensalem Police.

Peter Wieck February 13, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Well... as long as we want our cheap landscaping, clean dishes in restaurants, clean hotel rooms, cheap fruit & vegetables and so forth, illegals will be a fact of life. Bluntly, they take jobs that legals & Americans will not take. And employers hire them in many trades because they cannot compete otherwise. It is pretty much about good "Americans" racing for the bottom to get the cheapest price - and what keeps WalMart expanding every day and manufacturing jobs disappearing into China every day. The cheapest price may have hidden costs. But it seems between racism and basic ignorance, many would prefer to complain about the result than to do anything about the cause - that would both cost money and require actual thought. The HORROR~!~
L. C. February 13, 2013 at 02:37 PM
I saw this poor mans body lying in the street. It is a thought I cant get out of mind.No matter what the persons race is...he has to live with the fact that his carelessness took someones life. Quit focusing on the driver, stop for a moment and pray for the victim and his family.
s.c. February 13, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I saw this person lying on the side of the road yesterday driving to school.... haven't thought about anything else since... the burning question I have has nothing to do with race, but rather human decency. How can a person strike another human being without stopping? Where are our consciences? What about regard for each other? What happened to "do the right thing, at any expense..." Chilling reminder of the times we are living in and the example we are giving our youngsters.... Sad commentary on us as a human race :(
JOE February 13, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Kazi Hassan February 13, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Aim V, Use the link below and check out the article and the picture? How many illegal dot heads do you see in this article? http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/bensalem/arrested-in-bensalem-school-district-theft-case/article_516f75a2-12ff-589e-9885-939124b959b2.html They all live in Bensalem and you may have passed by them one day or another.
Kazi Hassan February 13, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Mr. B, you read an article about a human being passing away and you decided to comment about illegal aliens? Because of the names mentioned in the article? My name is Kazi Hassan (both Arabic names even though I’m not Arabic). If I was mentioned in this article, you probably would have made the same racist comments. Let me tell you how wrong you would be. I’m a US Citizen. As a child, I rode my bike through Knights Road to go play with my friends. I graduated from Bensalem School District. Graduated from Penn State and I’m currently a Transportation Engineer. I design roadways from Southeast PA, including Bensalem Township. Rather than posting comments about other race, do something useful and comment about the roadways in Bensalem. Talk about the increased traffic due to the Casino. Talk about the increase drunk drivers in your town. That will raise awareness for your local politicians. Without the politicians and local public there will be no action taken for this. There will be no roadway improvements without the funding from your government. Speak up to make a difference for your community and your town, instead of complaining and making racist comments. Speak up to save a soul no matter what where they are from. My condolences to Mr. Bakthavatchalu’s family and friends. (That’s all I wanted to write on the comment, but I just couldn’t ignore the other posts. Thank you everyone for posting comments to fight against racism and respecting all human beings.)
D S February 13, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Well said S. C. I agree with you whole heartedly. It seems no matter where you go any more there is no respect for anyone or anything. ALL morals are gone. This world would be a better place if people would just learn to get along and help one another at least that's what I teach my kids and have been commented on how respectful they are. I am so PROUD of them.
Mr. B February 13, 2013 at 07:14 PM
You illegals crack me up....when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, all you have for a defense is the race card....your vacation visas on the American citizens dimes wont last much longer.....you see you arent the only ones who are sneaky...you are outted now...you got caught...you steal the food from our mouths and think you are entitled to be rewaded for it?....let me ask you....what would your home country do to you if you did the same thing there?......good luck and good bye..ky family thanks you for stealing from them.......
Kazi Hassan February 13, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I just realized how uneducated you are Mr. B. You have no idea what you are talking about. Not even worth it. Everyone else, if you would like to help Bensalem and resolve traffic problems, please attend public meetings in your area. Your input will go a long way and accommodate your needs.
Cathy Walsh Timberlake February 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Mr. Hassan, Thank you for your intelligent response, although some may not be able to comprehend... I was a military spouse for over 20 years and Sir, I am proud I can call you a fellow Citizen of this great Country and sadly embarrassed by others. CWT
Liz Pagan February 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM
BUNCH OF IGNORANT PEOPLE I SEE!!!! Illegal aliens as people put it, at times have more value than a citizen its self... I am gladly engaged to an "illegal alien" as some people put it for 8 years if you cut them they will bleed like any other person will. regardless of their race, sad to say they come here to work and pretty hard do so, discrimination it the deadliest error most people make not knowing that some of our best Doctor come from other countries.. Further more they do not resemble an outer planet creature... They are people just like everyone else..
Liz Pagan February 14, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Another thing, you can't judge them all for one that did wrong...
Sonia February 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Somebody please buy Mr. B the Hooked on Phonics program....he speaks of educated, yet he can not even spell "edumacated" and "prolly". He speaks of illegals stealing food fr his families mouth yet they are the ones out there picking the vegetables and fruits from the fields....he has time to comment on every post here....I'm guessing he has no job that's why his family had no food....Seriously, it's not about illegals or legals Mr. B, it's about morals, I see you have none nor do you have the knowledge to know that many people legal or not commit crimes....wow a boulder fell in front of your sons car and did him no harm, yet you applaud your son for picking up this "huge" boulder and tossing it towards the other people's car, yup sounds really big.....bet you would of felt great if your son would of caused injury to those in the other car and been locked up for it....please gain a conscience and further educate yourself before you criticize other races!
Liz Pagan February 14, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I Agree 100% with Sonia...
Iris Nomatter February 14, 2013 at 08:17 PM
John Boyle February 17, 2013 at 07:16 AM
The major state roads in Bensalem Township have lots of pedestrians but very few sidewalks. If there was a servicable sidewalk along that section of Knights Road (n. of Dunks Ferry) Mr. Bakthavatchalu's life may have not been taken.
Liberty 1 February 17, 2013 at 06:46 PM
In the Boston area the major illegal alien population consists of Irish as it is wiith most of the northeast states. Why was race brought into the discussion? To those married and engaged to such illegal aliens I am happy for the love and companionship that you have found BUT that does not take away from the fact that they are illegal aliens. That is - they are here without going through the legal procedures that every country needs to have for their own security. I would hope that they would stay in their own country and enter legally and while they are there waiting, work to improve their own country so the need to emigrate would not be neccesary.
Taia Curran February 17, 2013 at 09:10 PM
We should only feel pity for Mr B. Although his comments sting, it is he who suffers. He must live in the terrible world he has created in his head due to his ignorance. I can only imagine how sad it must have been for him growing up. I picture the innocence and compassion and love of a child being suffocated by hate and ignorance in his own household. He probably has no idea why people are repelled by him. In fact, he may not even know that people ARE repelled by him. He is probably very lonely, and other people's happiness makes him angry. He attacks others in an effort to build himself up, but it is never really effective. It makes me so sad, and even sadder to know he is raising a son with his pessimistic, gloom and doom view of the world.
Liberty 1 February 18, 2013 at 01:21 AM
I can't say that I agree with Mr.B's way of putting things but I do know that he does not require any pity. It is interesting to watch those self rightous bigots who in order to raise their own self image must denigrate a person they do not know because they do not like the persons opinion. The pity goes to the phonies who would deny him a thought that might contradict with their own.
Kondo Kev February 18, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Now we have the Homeless begging for money & cigarettes at my WaWa (across from Dunphy Ford) All I want is a cup of coffee & grab my lotto ticket.
James Kephart Jr. February 18, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Driver may get up to 72 hrs in the clink for this one. I am shocked that someone would leave the scene after hitting someone with their vehicle! Oh yeah, that's right... We don't punish people for doing that in the state of Pennsylvania! Keep on running! It pays you to leave the scene! If you get caught, you won't get in anymore trouble had you stayed on scene and were found to be drunk. So the real question would be, why would you stay on scene? Just treat a human being like you would if you hit a raccoon - feel bad for a split second, hope there is no mess on your car, and keep on driving...
Jason February 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Mr. B & aim V. - It seems like 2 of u idiots need to be educated. Its people like u narrow minded so called americans have never grew out of racism. Look at all the theft done by your crackers with the school district. FYI Mexicans and the dot heads are the hardest working people u can find anywhere. Its the corrupted white fags like you that get credit for it bc of your skin color. You guys obviously don't have any clue what is going on in Bensalem. 40% of the business owners are the dot heads and the other 60% is immigrants from other countries. You so called americans are lazy and not qualified to own any type of business. That is why you will be the 1st ones in the unemployment line and complain about government not providing enough funds for legal citizens. In fact, if the government was smart enough they would cut down most of these benefits bc its lazy uneducated americans like you guys that abuse it bc of your minimal education skills and never grew away from being racist. and its not all your fault.
Jason February 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Mr. B & aim V - Its your parents and their parents as well bc all u f*n people are stupid. You wanna get together and talk about this let me know i'll be glad to sit down with your stupid american ass in the mayors office in the township building and we can have a open table discussion with people from the bensalem community of all races. But i'm sure you won't show up bc you can only talk shit on this kind of forums about other race. If you have the balls to come face to face bring it any time anywhere and i'll be honored to breakdown the crimes based on race in bensalem and who does what in the township.
Jason February 19, 2013 at 02:34 PM
and btw change your Mr. B to nothing but a f*n loser. and aim V change yours to f*n loser # 2
Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Mr.B I agree on 1thing u said if he WAS an illegal then he shouldn't have even been here, my opinion it wouldn't happened one way or the other to anyone regardless on race or sex. For those that r adamant on mainly the illegals doin crimes I recall Ted Bundy, Jeffery Duhmer, Wayne Gacy, Ed Gein, The Columbine kids ect. R all born n raised Americans in good homes but due to the world seeing black n white ppl want to point the finger elsewhere. Do I agree on the government cont to bring over ppl from other countries n give them millions of dollars from us tax payers pockets schooling, food, housing, tax free for 7 yrs,ect? Absolutely NO! We struggle to take care of our own, what about our poor Lil orphans w/out homes, our battered woman w/ kids, our sick/ill Vets that mind u fought for this "Great Nation" we call home! What about our own starving families that are trying to just get by but the government refuses to help unless we make under $400a month for a family of 3 that the mom can't even get a job cuz child care its too damn expensive but they'll help if u already a job n you can b on a 2 yr waiting list. Doesn't sound very fare! So my long awaited point is that this country isn't always fare but who are we to complain
Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Just have an open mind n heart don't be so judgmental we are all just Human we all make mistakes it doesn't matter the race, sex or age Shit even our trusted priests do horrific crimes n they're Americans. So instead of everyone saying hateful, tasteful or ignorant comments the big picture is that PEOPLE r dying every second of everyday from hate crimes or by accidents. I'm not one t to preach about only saying kind things about other ppl or illegal ppl cuz i do slip up but is that really what we want to teach our children the ppl of tomor? I don't either approve of our 2nd language is anything other than English or we should support n take care of or fight for other countries but its not 1940's whether we like it or not its not our decision we can thank the twisted government
Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Jason I feel I must applaud u. I respect the way u phrased, well...Everything! N I absolutely agree w / your point about white ppl just straight lazy. Now a days the white man demands on a hand out unlike our parents n grandparents an how they were too proud to ever except any help on taking care of their Family. Now I am a white woman an yes I have in the past n yet again am struggling to raise my 2 amazingly, smart, funny n healthy children on my own an I'm helping my brother w/his Lil boy n my sister w her baby so they both can work n provide for their kids, yes I'm the only one that they can depend n rely on n know that their kids are safe happy an well loved. But that also leaves me w/no one to fall back on so yes there's sometimes I do need a helping hand at times that is but the government feels otherwise. Even though I have major medical issues as well as my one child that is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis n lymes, n his father a white American is in federal prison due to a heinous crime that apparently to Mr. Dumbass B. Feels only illegal aliens can n will commit. Am I a lazy white person? Hell no! But my heart is bigger then my chest to help others in need n I take the back burner n find ways around supporting my beautiful family.
Meghan Cianci February 20, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Point is I agree w/ the white man (not all but a large portion) being lazy, full of hate, extremely judgmental n apparently hate themselves n the lives they are living. Thank you for listening, I apologize for the length of this comment Jason...
Liberty 1 February 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Meghan, u r a product of our fine public schools right?
Disjointed February 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Another drinking night and Wawa stop for an open faced roast beef sandwich before this diatribe?


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