A man from Mountville who was looking for the police after the disappearance of a child Friday Friday died after being hit by a car along Route 30 East, officials said.
Brandon Smith, 27, of Mountville, was pronounced dead at the West Hempfield Township scene at 6:10 p.m., according to the coroner’s office. Police did not confirm the identity of the man on Saturday.
Police said they were dispatched around 11:20 a.m. Friday to a verbal domestic disturbance between a man and a woman in the 300 block of East Main Street in Mountville.
An active abuse protection order was in place between the two, and Smith had an active warrant for his arrest, according to a press release. The caller told police that the man left with the woman’s 2-year-old child.
On Friday, officers searched for Smith and the vehicle involved, released the information to surrounding agencies, and contacted state and other local police departments for assistance. In a request for help locating the child on Friday, police said the child was 1 year old.
Around 2 p.m. Friday, the vehicle was found unoccupied. According to the police, the child was returned to the mother at 3:42 p.m.
At 4 p.m., officers received reports that Smith had been seen running outside businesses near Route 462 and Hempland Road. He was then seen running near the eastbound Route 30 guide rail at the back of a business in the 3700 block of Hempland Road, police said in a statement. When officers entered the parking lot, Smith jumped over the guide rail and ran into traffic. He was hit and killed by an eastbound vehicle, police said.
Why he was running in the area after returning the child is unclear, police said. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is assisting West Hempfield Township Police with the investigation.