Man faces charges in Chester hit-and-run

Chester, Pa. (WTXF) Chester Police say a 24-year-old woman was struck and killed on 9th Street near Highland in Chester about 7:30 Tuesday morning.

35-year-old Braheem Scott is charged in the hit-and-run death of a woman in Chester early Tuesday morning. Investigators say he had a lawyer with him when he turned himself in Thursday night.

"Thank God. I don't know what he was thinking or what happened," said John Gray.

He is relieved to hear of the arrest. He worked with the victim, 24-year-old Mary Ann Bennett. She was a cashier at Sam & Sam Meats in Chester.

"She was very friendly, bubbly, great personality and was good with everybody. We all loved her," said Gray.

Investigators say Tuesday morning Scott took off from his girlfriend's residence after a domestic dispute. They say he was driving at a high speed when 3 blocks, away at 9th and Highland, he allegedly hit Bennett as she was crossing the street. She was knocked 12 feet into the air and 35 feet from the scene according to investigators. They say he ditched the car which they found soon after. It had been snowing that morning.

"So he was driving that car we believe at a high rate of speed without  clearing the snow off adequately of the windshield. There was maybe a small hole for him to see and he could probably barely see anything," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Wheland. Meanwhile Bennett's funeral was held today as family and friends learned of the arrest and charges.

"I hope it's rest for Mary Ann and her family," said Gray.

Scott is charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and other related offenses. Investigators say the car also had only one working windshield wiper. Scott was allegedly on parole and driving on a suspended license.

Investigators say he gave a statement admitting to the hit and run allegedly saying he was scared and panicked.

 

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