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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Law enforcement have identified a “person of interest” in the Selinsgrove hit-and-run case, sources have exclusively told the Orange Street News.
A hit-and-run driver struck and seriously injured Katherine Blann as she crossed South Market Street near the First National bank on June 12, 2015. Police now have the results of the DNA samples and have a “person of interest.”
“Yeah, the DNA test results are back in and they are in the official police report,” Blann told the Orange Street News in an exclusive interview.
It is unknown if the DNA results were what led to finding the person of interest.
Blann had a meeting with law enforcement Friday morning. They shared evidence with Blann, who is satisfied with how the investigation is going. Blann could not share the evidence with the Orange Street News but said she was happy with how the police were handling it.
“I feel good that the police department is still very active in my case,” said Blann.
Blann is hopeful the person of interest makes the decision to turn themselves in to law enforcement.
“I still feel the person of interest is going to come forward,” said Blann.
The Orange Street News asked Blann what she would say to the person who hit her. Blann asked for the person to please step out.
“Please come forward. I need help. Its very difficult to be disabled the way I am. I could get up and walk and go outside and now its not simple to do any of those things and I believe that if you would just come forward that this would be just a simple thing to do to help me and put this thing to rest for you and for me.”
The District Attorney’s Office was not immediately available for comment.
The Orange Street News is offering a $1,000 to any one who comes forward with information leading to the arrest of who ever hit Katherine Blann.
Below is a transcript of the Orange Street News interview with Blann:
Q: Could you tell me what happened today at the meeting?
I met with the police station here and with the district attorney. The case is still ongoing. The investigations have not stopped.
Q: How do you feel about how the meeting went?
I feel very good about the meeting. I feel good that the police department is still very active in my case.
Q: So when you went to the meeting originally they were going to talk to you about how the investigation may have been closed. What do you think made them change their minds?
They came here to my house to visit this morning and they wanted to make sure I knew all the facts that they have gathered and that the investigation is not inactive. That its still active.
Q: .Borough police Chief Thomas Garlock, a while ago he said he’s waiting for DNA test results on evidence seized from a suspect’s vehicle. Are the DNA samples back yet, and if so what do they prove?
Yeah, the DNA test results are back in and they are in the official police report.
Q: What do they prove?
They are keeping that in the police report.
Q: Could you tell me what you remember the night of the accident?
The night of the accident what I remember is after I had dinner downtown I crossed the street and the vehicle that was going very quickly, which was more than the speed limit, actually hit me and it sounded like a big thunder clap then the vehicle left. I don’t remember the vehicle leaving I just remember getting hit.
Q: And how do you feel that the driver who hit you could be anywhere?
I feel that because I have not given up on the person who actually hit me and changed my life I feel like that person is going to come forward so that I can get vehicle insurance to cover my injuries that I have had to overcome for the last almost two years. I still feel the person of interest is going to come forward.
Q: How does it make you feel that the driver that hit you could be anywhere?
This is a small town and people know what happened. I know what happened and I just want that person to come forward so that I can get some help
Q: Could you tell me how your life has changed since the accident?
How has my life changed? In every single way possible you could imagine. The hospital records of all my injuries and surgeries is more than a fifty page document so I was injured internally I’m still working on a kidney surgery, which they may take the kidney out or try to save it. And I have now a bag, which is also something that came from the accident.
I want to get better and I want to be able to walk and I want to get my life back to the way it was. The other person has been living and I have been struggling and its just a simple case for them to help me. Thats why we pay insurance. To help me with medical.
Q: What would you say to the person who hit you if they were watching now?
Please come forward. I need help. Its very difficult to be disabled the way I am. I could get up and walk and go outside and now its not simple to do any of those things and I believe that if you would just come forward that this would be just a simple thing to do to help me and put this thing to rest for you and for me.
The Orange Street News is offering a $1,000 to any one who comes forward with information leading to the arrest of who ever hit Katherine Blann. I’m Hilde Kate Lysiak. Thanks for watching.