On The Record

Conewango Twp.

Crash. Conewango Township police said Michael J. Riche, Jr. of Easy Street, Russell was charged with careless driving, driving vehicle at safe speed, roadways laned for traffic, accidents involving damage to unattended property, immediate notice of accident to police department and no proof of insurance after an accident Saturday at 7:21 a.m. on Follett Run Road. According to police, Riche said he swerved to miss a deer while traveling east on Follett Run Road and lost control of his 2004 Ford F-150. He then drove through the yard of a residence on causing damage to the lawn, landscaping and decorative stone then drove across Alpine Way and collided with and damaged two signs before traveling through the yard of another residence on Follett Run Road and hitting a garage, shifting its foundation and damaging its walls, police said. After the vehicle came to a stop, Riche fled the scene on foot and was later picked up by a friend and taken to his residence in Russell, according to police. Police say he consumed alcohol before contacting the police to report the crash.