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New photo released of vehicle of interest in hit-and-run

February 16. 2013 2:12PM

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WILKES-BARRE – City police on Tuesday released a new photo of a vehicle of interest in a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a woman on Hazle Avenue on July 24.

The picture, captured by a city surveillance camera, clearly shows the dark-colored pickup truck has an extended cab with a tool box in the bed. It was taken at 2:19 a.m., about four minutes before Rebecca McCallick, 19, was struck in front of her apartment at 199 Hazle Ave.

McCallick died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. She was a student at King's College and a graduate of Crestwood School District.

Police are searching for the driver and pickup, which is believed to be a Ford.

"We continue to ask for the public's help in this case, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilkes-Barre Police Department at 208-4201," Mayor Tom Leighton stated in a news release.

"In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, we cannot go into more specific details; however, we renew our call for the driver of the vehicle to bring closure to the family and turn themselves in immediately. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Rebecca McCallick's family and friends and we want to close this investigation as soon as possible for their sake."

Tom and Judy Pribula, parents of Rebecca, are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

A fund to accept donations toward the reward has been set up at Citizens Bank in Mountain Top. Money collected will be added to the reward.

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward, the amount of which has not yet been determined.

Reward fund

Donations to the fund should be made out to the Rebecca McCallick Hit-and-Run Reward Fund c/o Citizens Bank, PO Box 78, Mountain Top, PA 18707.

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