Police continue to search for Southwest Philadelphia hit-and-run driver

- A Southwest Philadelphia man who friends say loved to take walks has died after a hit-and-run last Sunday night. 

On Wednesday, police released a photo of the vehicle believed to be involved. The striking vehicle may have front end damage and a broken windshield. According to police, the vehicle is possibly a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country. 

Friday, police released more footage of the suspect's vehicle. 

Neighbors say the 57-year-old victim walked with the help of a cane to a local park twice a day. When he crossed 67th Street Sunday, he was struck by a car and killed.

Residents of the Southwest Philly neighborhood say 67th Street just before Linmore has always been treacherous, as motorists speed over the rise, blind to what's on the other side. 

Neighbors say the victim was a fixture in the neighborhood and was known as "Unc."

While on that walk Sunday, he was struck by a grey mini-van, and the driver fled the scene.

“From witnesses, they claim the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. We have officers out there retrieving a lot of video,” Captain Patrick Kelly of the Philadelphia Police explained.

Police describe the mini-van as having heavily tinted windows with its windshield smashed by the impact.
While residents mourn their loss, they hope for a traffic light or speed bumps or anything to slow the speeders.

 


 

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