Store plans service to honor worker killed in accident

A cross and flowers mark the spot where Arthur Joseff Teitsort-Birog was killed bicycling eastbound along Route 926 near Schoolhouse Road early Saturday morning. PETE BANNAN – Daily Local News

East Marlborough >> A memorial service is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northbrook Marketplace to honor the memory of a 24-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning.

Arthur Joseff Teitsort-Birog, of Kennett, was riding his bicycle shortly after midnight Saturday on Route 926 near Schoolhouse Road when he was struck from behind by a passing vehicle, according to state police. The vehicle did not stop, police said, and Teitsort-Birog was not found until troopers discovered his body about 10 yards off the roadway around 2:20 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 21-year-old Alan Michael Medina Barajas of Pocopson, was later found at his home less than a five minute drive away from where the collision took place, according to police. His vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Liberty, was found at the residence and had moderate front-end damage, police said.

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No charges have been filed, but on Monday the state police and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office urged anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the crash to come forward.

Teitsort-Birog, known as Joe to his friends, was an employee of the Northbrook Marketplace at Route 842 and Northbrook Road, just a little more than two miles away from where the fatal collision took place. In the days after the incident, coworkers and friends recalled Teitsort-Birog’s contagious smile and willingness to help others.

Since the incident, many of the business’ regular customers who came to know Teitsort-Birog during his six years at Northbrook reached out to express sympathy and offer support, coworkers said.

On Monday Christine Boone, who owns Northbrook Marketplace with her husband, said she and her tight-knit group of employees wanted to do something to celebrate his life. On Wednesday that celebration will take place with a memorial service followed by a pot luck dinner.

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