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Male allegedly fled Snydertown Road fatal scene with long gun

SUNBURY — A search warrant for a fatal accident on Snydertown Road on April 11 states drugs were located in the vehicle and reveals witnesses saw a male bleeding from the left ear running from the scene into the woods carrying a long gun.

The warrant was signed by Magisterial Judge Michael Toomey on Monday for police to obtain all lab reports, medical documents, forms and records and blood and urine samples for Christopher William Weston, 36.

Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley announced Friday the identity of the crash victim as Kaylee V. Pukiewicz, 21, of Shenandoah. Her death was ruled accidental due to blunt force trauma to the head.

State police responded to the one-vehicle accident at 5:51 p.m. April 11 on Logging Road between Route 61 and Snydertown Road amidst reports of a male fleeing into the woods with a long gun. 

A Mitsubishi Montero Sport was overturned on its roof and Pukiewicz’s body was laying on the road west of the vehicle. Stonington State Trooper Raymond Snarski III said he interviewed a witness who called the crash in to police.

The witness was traveling west on Snydertown Road and keeping an eye out for deer when he saw the crashed vehicle “in the woods.” He turned his vehicle around to get a better look and parked after seeing a body in the road. He had no phone and flagged people down on the roadway until he found someone with a phone to report the accident.

Upon returning to the crash, the witness told Snarski a male “suddenly appeared” at the rear of the vehicle and was bleeding from his left ear. The male was told by the witness believed the female was “gone” and was advised to sit down and remain calm because help was on the way. He reported the male’s demeanor immediately changed and he became agitated after being told “she’s gone.” The male retreated toward the woods.

He was described to police as a white male approximately 28 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 to 190 pounds, wearing a dark blue top, possibly long sleeves and jeans. The male had not shaved recently and was bleeding from his left ear.

A second witness who stopped had reported seeing a male of similar description walk to the woods, and a female witness told Trooper Patrick Roman she saw the male concealing a long gun as he left the crash scene into the woods.

A male matching the description was reported to be running through properties north of the crash scene along township route 716, north of Murphy Road heading north, around 7:36 p.m. A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter circled the area and located the male, who was taken into custody near an outbuilding behind a residence by Trooper Nicholas Berger minutes later. Berger noted the male had blood on his left ear. 

Trooper Kevin Kearney transported the male, who identified himself as Chris Weston, to Sunbury Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his legs, knees, hands, back, left clavicle, back of his left shoulder and left ear. The injuries were reported as being consistent with a motor vehicle accident. 

Weston had allegedly told Berger he used methamphetamine and marijuana, and Snarski reported in an affidavit that two baggies of methamphetamine, a green plastic container of marijuana, a digital scale and a bag of rubber bands had been seized from the Mitsubishi. Police also located the back cover of a phone with paper taped inside listing an email with Weston’s name and password. Additionally, hair consistent in length and color was reportedly observed on the headliner above the driver’s seat.

Snarski spoke to another woman over the phone at 8:38 a.m. April 12 who stated she was the first person flagged down by the first witness who was looking for a cell phone, but she didn’t have one with her. She parked and walked up to the crash scene, where she saw Pukiewicz’s body on the ground and a male standing on the driver’s side of the vehicle. She said he walked around the rear of the vehicle between the car and Pukiewicz and began rummaging through the passenger side of the vehicle near an embankment. 

The witness told Snarski he stood up and attempted to conceal a long gun under his jacket, and not wanting to escalate the situation, she told the first witness, “Let him go. He has a gun.” The male then left the crash scene on foot into the woods. The woman also reported the male had been bleeding from his left ear.

In the request for the reports from UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury Hospital, including urine and blood samples, Snarski states “these samples are evaluated at the hospital for treatment considerations and includes the blood alcohol content and controlled substances.”

Toomey said Wednesday he signed a second search warrant allowing for the inspection of the Mitsubishi to determine if another factor was at play in the accident that wouldn’t have been a fault of the driver.

Police have not located a long gun.

Charges of possession of a controlled substant, criminal conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia related to a Dec. 12 incident were filed against Weston in January by Mount Carmel Patrolman Kyle Schauer. Weston was reported to be a resident of Lititz at the time. The case status is inactive after a preliminary hearing was canceled for Feb. 28.