Vietnam veteran killed in Norristown hit-and-run

Authorities say a man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday night in Norristown.

The incident occurred at Oak and Astor streets around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The victim, identified as 67-year-old Vietnam veteran Samuel Jackson, was rushed to an area hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

"You hit my husband. You hit Sammy. You left him in the street like a dog. He’s not a dog. He fought for this country. He wasn’t a coward. He was a strong, strong man," Debbie Campbell said.

Police say Jackson got out of the driver’s side of his car, parked directly in front of his home when what’s believed to be red Ford Focus struck him. Jackson’s 14-year-old step-granddaughter ran outside.

"It’s not fair that I saw him on the ground dying. That’s not fair. He should have lived. They didn’t have to ride away. He had a life. He had kids inside the house he cared for," Ashley Guidici said.

A law enforcement source tells FOX 29 police found video of what they believe is the hit-and-run vehicle leaving the intersection of Astor and West Oak.

Jackson’s family describes him as a loving, doting “pop pop” who blanketed his 7 step-grandchildren with love.

"He was very proud. He was a proud Marine. He was happy he fought for our country," Jessica said.

Jackson’s other love was music. His family says he was listening to a favorite song in his car before stepping out to his death.

The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Norristown detectives at 610-270-0977. Tips can also be sent anonymously to 610-278-TIPS or by referencing incident 19-5120.


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