DA: Trucker who hit biker had 20+ license suspensions

February 10, 2011 11:25:31 AM PST
A truck driver, whose license had been suspended more than 20 times, has been charged following a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcycle rider in Montgomery County.

42-year-old Ernest Cohens, of The Bronx in New York, was arrested after the crash around 6:00 a.m. on February 3rd on Bethlehem Pike near Sterling Drive in Hatfield Township.

In a news conference on Thursday morning, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said Cohens made a u-turn on Route 309 and was blocking the path of a motorcycle driven by 55-year-old Terry Kriebel from Sellersville, Pa.

The motorcycle then struck the rig and became stuck under the truck, Ferman said, but Cohens allegedly continued to drive and dragged Kriebel and his motorcycle.

When Cohens stopped, Ferman said he went over to Kriebel's body and, along with the help of a passing motorist, covered Kriebel with a towel or sheet.

After pulling the motorcycle out from under the truck, investigators said Cohens then drove away from the scene, hitting two utility poles before getting stuck under a bridge.

A short time later a police officer located Cohens and his disabled truck. That's when Cohens allegedly admitted to being involved in the crash and fleeing the scene.

Not only was Cohens' license suspended at the time of the crash, authorities say his license had been previously suspended on 22 different occasions for separate incidents.