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Man charged in January crash that killed bicyclist in Doylestown


An 84-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday, on charges related to the February death of a bicyclist from injuries sustained in a January crash in Doylestown.

Anthony Caulfield, of Doylestown, was charged with a felony count of accidents involving death or personal injury, and misdemeanor counts of possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said. He is also charged with three summary traffic violations.

He was arraigned by District Judge Mark D. Douple and was released on $75,000 unsecured bail. The accident happened just after 3 p.m. Jan. 6, in front of 229 N. Broad St., Doylestown.

Officers with the Central Bucks Regional Police Department were dispatched to the scene and came upon civilians removing a purple and white Schwinn bicycle from the roadway. Police provided medical care to the bicyclist, later identified as 64-year-old Francis Patrick Montgomery, until Central Bucks EMS arrived and assumed his care.

Police learned that a vehicle, described as a white Honda van with Pennsylvania plates, fled the scene, going south on North Broad Street toward Main Street. The van was located at North Main Street near North Broad Street, and the driver was identified as Caulfield.

During their investigation, police reviewed the van’s in-car camera system, which showed Caulfield driving into the opposite lane of travel to pass Montgomery, the DAs office said. A thump from the impact is heard on the video and his vehicle then accelerates away from the accident, the DAs office added. Witnesses to the accident provided similar statements.

Montgomery suffered a bilateral cranial fracture, broken ribs, and a nasal bone fracture and was sedated on a ventilator at the hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 9.

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