The sport utility vehicle that struck an Allentown man on Tilghman Street a week ago was a South Whitehall Township police vehicle, township police said on Monday.
Jacob Vassallo, 21, was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest for treatment of moderate injuries after being struck by an SUV near Parkway Road in South Whitehall last Monday (Oct. 28), according to a state police at Fogelsville news release.
Though the news release identified the driver, 52-year-old David Gross of Allentown, it did not say he was driving a police vehicle.
However, South Whitehall Police Lt. John Christman confirmed that Gross, a South Whitehall Township police officer, was driving a police vehicle. Christman also said that state troopers are handling the investigation.
According to the troopers' news release, Vassallo was crossing Tilghman Street near Parkway Road at 11:19 p.m. when he was struck. He was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk, police said.
Gross was traveling south on Parkway, had the green light and was making a left turn onto Tilghman Street when he struck Vassallo. Gross was uninjured.
Vassallo was cited for not crossing at a crosswalk.