On April 20, 2020, the Plumstead Township Police Department investigated a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic accident in the parking lot of the Wawa, where an 85-year-old male was left on the ground with injuries as a result of the collision. The operator of the striking vehicle fled the scene. A witness obtained the registration on the vehicle and officers were able to interview the registered owner of the striking vehicle. The registered owner, Alexandria Herrmann, 25 of Hellertown, fabricated a story indicating she did not know who the operator of the vehicle was. After an almost one-year long investigation, Plumstead Township Detectives were able to identify a suspect.
On February 8, 2021, investigators interviewed, Elias Mallouhi, 21, of Allentown, who admitted to being the driver and leaving the scene of the accident. Herrmann was also reinterviewed who ultimately admitted to fabricating a story to police.
Mallouhi was charged with Accidents involving death or personal injury, Accidents involving death or personal injury while not being licensed, Obstructing administration of law or other governmental function.
Herrmann was charged with Hindering apprehension or prosecution, Obstructing administration or law or other governmental function and false reports to law enforcement authorities.
On February 23, 2021, both Mallouhi and Herrmann were taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gary Gamberdella. Judge Gamberdella set an unsecured bail of $200,000. Both defendants were released and a preliminary hearing date has been set for March of 2021.