Police release details of Phoenixville pedestrian crash

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough police Wednesday released information on a two-vehicle crash Tuesday which sent a pedestrian to the hospital along with some occupants of the vehicle that hit him.

A crash report released by Phoenixville police Wednesday indicated that a gray Ford Focus allegedly “rolled through” a stop sign headed east on Walnut Street across Gay Street when it was struck by a gold Toyota Highlander heading north on Gay Street.

Police said the driver of the northbound vehicle, Julie M. Kermisch, 42, of East Pikeland, stopped at a stop sign at the intersection, looked, then proceeded forward. It was then that she collided with the Highlander, driven by Gilmar Cardosa, 47, of Phoenixville, the crash report said.

Cardosa reportedly told police that he stopped at the intersection but a witness told police otherwise.

The Ford sustained damage to its passenger-side door and was forced into the northeast corner of the intersection by the crash, which was where Luigi Fischer Sr. was standing.

“Fischer raised his arms to protect himself, but was knocked to the ground” by the Ford, according to the crash report.

A witness at the scene told The Mercury he saw Fischer’s arms on the hood of the Ford and his legs in the air after hearing a loud “bang.”

The same witness said Fischer normally sits on a stoop in the area and was “shaken up” but walking around after the crash. He did complain of some pain and was taken via ambulance to Phoenixville Hospital, police said.

Two passengers in Cardosa’s car, Randy DeWalt, 49, and Andre Luis Pereira, 63, both of Phoenixville, were also hospitalized. DeWalt was taken to Phoenixville Hospital and Pereira was sent to Paoli Hospital.

Both Trappe and West End ambulances assisted in transporting the injured and the Phoenixville Fire Department responded to the scene.

Condition reports were not available for Fischer or DeWalt Wednesday. Pereira was reportedly “seen and released” at Paoli Hospital.

As a result of the police investigation into the crash, Cardosa will be cited for driving without a valid license and not obeying a stop sign, according to the report.

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