Haddon Township police search for hit-and-run driver

- Haddon Township police are looking for a driver in connection with a hit-and-run on Mt. Ephraim Avenue. 

"It shocked a lot of people," said Luis Asencio. He can't believe the person police say is in the hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries is one of his closest friends.

"I hope we get to see him again and he comes here again," he said.  Haddon Township Police say the man was hit by a car around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The driver kept going.  It happened here on Mt. Ephraim Avenue near Grant Avenue.  Police haven't released the victim's name but Asencio says people in the neighborhood know him as Danny and that he's homeless.

Asencio says the victim would come to the laundry mat where he worked to help out and make money so he could eat.

 "He always helped the customers with the clothes. He’d be out here even if he has to work for 25 cents," said Asencio.  He says sometimes his friend would give up the quick cash he made to help others.

"When they were struggling he was taking his tips to help the customers like even when they didn't have enough to wash."

Haddon Township Police say it appears the suspect was driving an older model full size SUV.  Right now they're looking over surveillance video from businesses along the road for more clues.  Asencio hopes the driver comes forward because he says it's the right thing to do.

"How would you feel if it was your children, your father or somebody that got hit?" he said.

Police say they're examining physical evidence found at the scene to get more information on the vehicle.

 

 

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