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February 16. 2013 4:33PM
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WILKES-BARRE ‚?? State police at Shickshinny believe a passenger side mirror found at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run on state Route 11 in Plymouth Township came from a 2007 Saab.

Investigators served a search warrant for the vehicle they suspect struck Richard Stadts, 73, while he was riding a bicycle in the area of Stookey‚??s restaurant on Aug. 7. Stadts died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township the next day.

The search warrant signed by District Judge John Hasay in Shickshinny allowed state police to look for DNA, narcotics, prescription medications, cell phones and other evidence related to the crash.

State police allege Matthew Perkins, 19, of Hartman Road, was operating the vehicle when it struck Stadts.

Perkins was found at his residence and exhibited signs of intoxication and/or drug use during an interview with state police, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The affidavit says Perkins was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for a blood test. No charges have been filed.

The Saab when it was found by state police at the Hartman Street residence was missing the passenger side mirror, the affidavit says.

A motorist told state police that he had to swerve to avoid being struck by the Saab as it approached him from behind. Another motorist wrote down the Saab‚??s license plate number when the two cars stopped at a traffic signal on Route 11.

When the motorist later drove through the area seeing paramedics and state police at the scene, he provided the license plate number to a trooper, which led to the discovery of the Saab, according to the affidavit.

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