WENY News - Bradford County man wrecks car after reportedly reaching for can

Bradford County man wrecks car after reportedly reaching for candy

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ALBANY TWP, PA. (WENY) – A 70-year-old New Albany man was charged with careless driving after police say he wrecked his car while reaching for a peanut butter cup.

According to Pennsylvania State Police out of Towanda, on Sunday, February 3, troopers responded to Hatch Hill Road for the report of a wrecked vehicle.

After further investigation, troopers say the driver of the 2015 Toyota Rav 4, identified as Dennis Essig, was driving westbound on Hatch Hill Road when he left the road and crashed into a tree after going down an embankment.

According to police, Essig left the scene and was interviewed at his home. He reportedly said he was reaching for a peanut butter cup while he was driving and lost control of the car.

Police say he then said he left the scene of the crash, thinking it “wasn't a big deal”. He was reportedly uninjured.

On Monday, February 4, Essig called Pennsylvania State Police to ask for information regarding the crash. When police asked him why he didn't initially call police, Essig reportedly stated he couldn't because “he was hungry and needed to eat”.

Police say he then said his wife made him something to eat and he went to bed.

Essig has been issued five citations, including the careless driving violation.

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