POLICE: Repeat Traffic Offender Arrested in Towamencin Hit-and-Run
Mukesh Shah, 54, of Hatfield, is charged with accidents involving death or injury and other violations following a March 23 hit-and-run. He has pleaded guilty to seven traffic violations since 2000.
Towamencin Township Police and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman have arrested a Hatfield man in connection with a March 23 hit-and-run at Forty Foot Road and Tapestry Way.
Mukesh K. Shah, 54, of the 100 block of West Vine Street, Hatfield, was arrested March 28 and charged in the hit-and-run that critically injured a Korean pedestrian, identified as Esther Lee.
Lee remains at Abington Hospital in critical condition.
Shah is charged with accidents involving death or injury, false reports to law enforcement authorities, unsworn falsification to police, recklessly endangering another person, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, failue to give duty and render aid, and failure to immediately notify an accident to the police, according to a press release.
Shah has had eight other traffic violations filed against him since 2000, according to documents filed on the Magisterial District Judge Docket Sheet website.
One case is an active case, in relation to a speeding charge in February 2011 in Towamencin. Shah is scheduled for a hearing on that charge on July 21, 2011.
In January 2000, Shah pleaded guilty to a charge of accidents involving damage to an unattended vehicle or property for an incident in Hatfield Township.
In August 2000, Shah pleaded guilty to disregarding a traffic control device in Lansdale.
He pleaded guilty to disregarding a traffic control device again in Lansdale in January 2001.
He pleaded guilty a second time in January 2001 for failure to perform driver duties at a stop sign in Hatfield Township.
In October 2007, Shah pleaded guilty for disregarding a traffic control device in Hatfield Township.
A year later, in March 2008, Shah pleaded guilty to disregarding a traffic control device in Lower Salford Township.
In December 2010, Shah pleaded guility to failing to stop at a stop sign in Hatfield Borough.
Shah was arraigned March 26 before District Judge Harry J. Nesbitt III. Bail was set at $50,000, and he was remanded to Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
The case will be prosecuted by assitant district attorney John Aitchison.
A preliminary hearing is set for April 5 at 10:30 a.m. before District Judge Harold Borek.
Stay tuned to Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch for further developments.