A New Jersey man is charged in the hit-and-run death of a Bristol Township man last month.
On Friday, Daniel Stephen Dietrich, 45, was arraigned on charges alleging he struck Jason Smith, 47, at a Bristol Township McDonald’s, then fled the scene on Feb. 5.
Dietrich, of Palmyra, Burlington County, is charged with homicide, accidents involving death of personal injury and accidents involving death or personal injury while not licensed. He was sent to Bucks County Prison without bail.
Bristol Township police and Bucks County Detectives received an anonymous tip Thursday about the vehicle that struck Smith, according to court documents. Smith was fatally struck by a truck while in the parking lot of McDonald’s along Route 13, also called Bristol Pike, about 4 p.m.
The tip included a picture of the truck, which investigators were able to track down to a home in Palmyra.
Police surveilled the home and found Dietrich, who had an active warrant for his arrest in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, entering the truck, police said. Dietrich was then taken into custody.
Dietrich spoke to police, and told them he had an altercation with Smith on Feb. 5, court documents state. He said he had gotten onto Route 13 from Interstate 95, and he may have cut Smith off when he was merging, police allege.
District Attorney Matt Weintraub said during a news conference Monday morning that the two engaged in a verbal altercation while in their vehicles along Route 13 before getting to the McDonald’s.
Dietrich told police that Smith refused to go through a green light at the intersection of Haines Road and