Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Suspect surrenders after fatal hit-and-run

A North Philadelphia man has been charged with homicide by vehicle for a fatal hit and run earlier this month that killed the son of a prominent city jazz drummer.

Suspect surrenders after fatal hit-and-run

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Daily News reporter Stephanie Farr has the latest on a hit-and-run case from earlier this month:

A North Philadelphia man has been charged with homicide by vehicle for a fatal hit and run earlier this month that killed the son of a prominent city jazz drummer.
At 1:30 a.m. today, police said Donta Johnson, 25, turned himself in at the roundhouse and claimed he was the driver of the minivan that struck Calvin Dominique Weston-Wilkerson around 2 a.m. May 7 at 9th Street and Roosevelt Boulevard.
Weston-Wilkerson, 18, was the son of city jazz drummer Calvin Weston, who has toured with such notables as Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood and played on movie soundtracks like “Get Shorty.”
Weston’s son was crossing 9th Street when a dark-colored mini van driving northbound on the boulevard struck him and failed to render aid or stop, according to police.
Weston-Wilkerson was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead within 20 minutes.
The following day, police said they were called to Cottman Avenue near Crispin Street in Northeast Philadelphia, where a woman told them her 1994 green Dodge Caravan was taken without her permission. The van was recovered that day about six blocks away on Leon Street near Shelmire Avenue.
Police would not comment on Johnson’s relationship to the owner of the vehicle, but he and the owner reside at the same address.
Along with the homicide by vehicle charge, Johnson has also been charged with accidents involving death, driving without a license and related crimes.

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