Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Police: Hit-and-run driver ran over woman twice

Police are questioning a suspect in a hit-and-run crash in North Philadelphia that left a woman in critical condition early Saturday.

Police said a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling west on Allegheny Avenue, near Eighth Street, around 1:45 a.m., when a woman stepped into the vehicle’s path and was struck.

Though witnesses and passengers in the car told the driver to stop moving because there was a woman underneath the vehicle, the driver allegedly ignored the warnings, according to investigators.

Police said she instead put the car in reverse and ran over the victim again before fleeing.

She was tailed by a witness, who alerted police and followed the driver to 25th and Firth streets.

There, she allegedly crashed into an unoccupied parked vehicle before getting out and running away.

Officers checked the abandoned Grand Am and retrieved the owner information, which led them to the suspect’s home, police said.

She was taken to the Philadelphia police Accident Investigation Division for questioning. Charges against her were still pending Saturday afternoon.

The victim suffered extensive injuries and was admitted to Temple University Hospital, where she remained in critical condition.

The identities of the suspect and victim were not immediately released.


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