Thursday, April 5 - Motorist Causes Fire, Leaves Scene, Found Having Drink
OCEAN CITY - An Ocean City man was arrested late Wednesday night after the truck he was driving struck a house which caught fire after the collision.
Jay Benedict, 36, was driving his truck eastbound on the Route 50 Bridge at a high rate of speed. At the base of the bridge, he lost control, traveling over the median, across Philadelphia Avenue and over the sidewalk striking a house at 111 Caroline Street.
The truck struck a gas meter attached to the house, which ignited a fire. The house became engulfed in flames quickly. The elderly occupants were able to escape the blaze without injury.
Witnesses claimed Benedict then left the scene. Police searched the area and were able to locate the truck at 7th Street and Edgewater Avenue in front of Benedict's home. A witness there told police they saw Benedict walking eastbound from that location.
Officers located Benedict at Pickle's Pub, two blocks away. He was arrested and charged with hit and run and minor traffic charges.
One firefighter received a minor injury and was treated at the scene.The victims of the fire are currently staying with a friend.