OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on hit-and-run and other charges last weekend after allegedly colliding with a resort bus, injuring four and send one to the hospital.
Around 9:30 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a reported motor vehicle collision involving a municipal bus and a pick-up truck on Coastal Highway at 67th Street. According to police reports, the municipal bus was heading south on Coastal Highway and was just leaving a bus stop when it was struck by a pick-up truck operated by Jesse Kramer, 39, of Linwood, Pa.
Linwood was also heading south on Coastal Highway and attempted to make an illegal right turn onto westbound 67th Street when it collided with the bus, according to police reports. Four passengers on the bus were injured as a result of the collision, including one female passenger who had to be transported to Atlantic General Hospital.
Kramer then left the scene of the collision, according to police reports. OCPD officers on scene broadcasted a description of Kramer’s pick-up truck and it was located a short time later at 65th Street conveniently in the Public Safety Building parking lot. Damage on Kramer’s truck matched the damage on the city bus.
A background check revealed Kramer’s Pennsylvania driver’s license was suspended. He reportedly told police he had fought a speeding ticket and was advised to send in some forms before his suspension was lifted and that he had sent in the forms and assumed his license was valid.
Kramer initially denied involvement in the collision, but provided inconsistent statements about his whereabouts and other statements that did not make sense, according to police reports. He later told police he might have been involved in a collision, but did not think there was any damage, which is why he did not stop.
According to police reports, there was make-shift bed in Kramer’s pick-up truck and he admitted being homeless. Kramer was arrested and charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries and property damage, driving on a suspended license and numerous traffic violations. He was escorted into the Public Safety Building on foot for the booking process.