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Police: York teen crashed into Rock Hill school bus then fled

Hochstetler
Hochstetler Rock Hill Police

A York teenager is facing multiple charges after rear ending a Rock Hill school bus and then walking away from the crash, according to Rock Hill Police.

Richard Dean Hochstetler, 19, of North York Street was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, receiving stolen goods, driving under suspension and operating uninsured, police say.

A Rock Hill school bus was stopped at the railroad tracks in the 200 block of Hollis Lakes Road just before 8 a.m. Tuesday when a white Ford Ranger struck the rear bumper of the bus, according to a police report. The bus monitor and driver told officers a young man got out of the truck and was on his cellphone, and that he left walking up Ebenezer Road.

An officer was in his patrol car preparing an accident report when Hochstetler walked up and asked if he could use his phone to call his girlfriend to come get him, police said.

“Hochstetler was out of breath and said he was out jogging and got a cramp real bad,” the report states. The officer called Hochstetler’s girlfriend to come get him, and then realized the truck involved in the collision belonged to Hochstetler.

Hochstetler reportedly told officers he was at his girlfriend’s house and walked up to the officer to use the phone. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Hochstetler’s truck had a tag that was reported stolen in Rock Hill, police said. The original tag was suspended for loss of insurance, and Hochstetler’s license was also suspended for cancellation of insurance.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082

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