Friends ask for answers after man, 62, struck by vehicle in Darby

Ring footage from a Darby home shows a 62-year-old man on his way out for his daily walk to the store for cigarettes Wednesday evening. 

Out of nowhere a black sedan with headlights flashing comes screeching around the corner the wrong way down one way of Chestnut Street, striking the man in the street. The car appears to be involved in some sort of law enforcement pursuit.

Seconds later, an unmarked police SUV with lights activated is also seen racing around the corner. 

Friends identified the man struck as Damien Romanelli. 

"He could have been killed. I’m surprised he’s not dead," friend Robert Skiano said.

Another family friend who didn't want to be identified says Romanelli is still recovering from brain surgery in January.

 "He’s actually doing very well. He only has a laceration and no broken bones and is already complaining get me out of here," the friend said.

A pair of sources told FOX 29 that the law enforcement vehicles seen in the video were from the Delaware County Drug Task Force. On Friday, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office extended its condolences and said authorities "continue to pursue the perpetrator."



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