Arrest made in Bristol Twp. fatal hit-and-run

February 21, 2012 9:54:19 AM PST
Police in Bucks County tell Action News they have made an arrest in connection wtih the fatal hit-and-run of 36-year-old Eric Beck over the weekend.

Authorities made the announcement late Monday night. 23-year-old Charles Horrocks was arraigned early Tuesday morning.

Close to 24 hours earlier, Bristol Township police were called to a storage facility in Fairless Hills after receiving a warrant to impound a car found in a secluded corner.

They believed it to be the dark-colored Audi sought in the hit-and-run


A short time after the story about the hit-and-run showed up on the news Sunday, Bristol Township Police started receiving tip calls.

"One of those tips did lead us to recover a vehicle that, we strongly suspect, was involved in the accident," said Lt. Gaetano Sava.

According to his mother, Michelle, Beck had been at a birthday celebration Saturday night with his brother and friends at Hurricane Jack's Restaurant and Bar on New Falls Road in Bristol Township

He decided to go home early and, since he had not driven, he called his mom for a ride.

At around midnight, police say, it appears Beck was first hit by a dark colored Audi going eastbound on New Falls Road. The driver then sped off.

Police say Eric was then hit by a light colored car; that driver stopped.

His mother soon arrived to pick up her son and noticed a group of people surrounding a man who was down on the pavement.

Michelle went to help and that is when she realized the man was her son.

"The people were calling 911 and I talked to my son. I said 'Eric.' He said, 'Mom, can you hold my hand?' And then he passed away," Michelle said.

"Nobody wants to see it and I didn't want to see it," she said. "I didn't want to hear his last words 'Mom, squeeze my hand. And that was it."

Michelle is asking that driver to have the decency to turn himself or herself in.

"We just want to know what happened. Why this happened. You just don't leave somebody to die on the side of the road and walk away from it. You just can't do that," Michelle said.

Michelle said Eric, her first-born, had just gone through a rough patch but things were looking up.

"He had been laid off and he was hoping to get a new job. There was a prospect of him working with a person who had just started a building business," she said.