Spring Garden woman dies in hit-run

A 26-year-old Spring Garden woman died early this morning, less than four hours after a hit-and-run driver plowed into her as she crossed the street in North Philadelphia.

Veronica Santiago, of Mt. Vernon Street near 16th, died shortly after midnight at Temple University Hospital, police said. Santiago was crossing the street at the intersection of 5th and York streets when a pickup truck heading north on 5th Street hit her at 8:40 p.m.

The midsized pickup truck is described as white or tan with tinted windows and prior damage to the passenger-side door. It was last seen heading east on Cumberland Street from 5th. Tipsters are urged to call the Accident Investigation Division at (215) 686-3180 or -3181.