Allegheny Township supervisor cited in accident
Burchfield allegedly left scene, claims no knowledge of incident
DUNCANSVILLE — An Allegheny Township supervisor was cited for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident last week on Carson Valley Road.
David E. Burchfield Jr., 52, of 4738 Mill Road faces a pair of traffic citations for the accident, which broke a utility pole in half about 12:05 a.m. June 5, Allegheny Township police Chief Leo Berg said.
On that date, a Ford pickup truck was damaged on the 900 block of Carson Valley Road, where it impacted the utility pole, Berg said.
“There was significant damage to it,” Berg said, speaking about the truck.
The truck was unaccompanied when emergency responders arrived, Berg said.
The following day, Burchfield, who serves as the Allegheny Township supervisors’ chairman, was cited for failing to notify the owner of unattended property damaged in an accident, as well as not immediately notifying police about an accident.
On Monday, Burchfield denied knowing anything about the crash during a phone conversation.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
Before hanging up the phone, Burchfield mentioned the truck.
“Was it registered to me?” he said. “You should check your facts.”
Copies of the citations received from Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson’s office list
the vehicle’s owner as Express Auto Sales & Service.
The address for Express Auto Sales & Service is listed as 733 Route 764, Duncansville.
Records in the Blair County Assessment Office show that the owner of 733 Route 764 is listed
as Burchfield LTD Partnership, according to an office employee.
“Mr. Burchfield works for the family
business, The Burchfield Organization, which is located in Allegheny Township,” the township’s website reads.
Berg said police contacted Burchfield the day after the crash and the citations were filed.
“We handled it like any other accident,” Berg said.
Berg said Penelec workers were called to the scene because a utility pole was damaged.
Burchfield is to appear for a summary trial at
11 a.m. July 9 before Jackson, online court documents show.