Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Upper Darby man, dog killed in hit-run

This story was updated at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

A pedestrian and his dog were killed Sunday evening in an apparent hit-and-run accident in Upper Darby, police said.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said other motorists drove around a fatally injured  Richard Patterson, 69, and his dog, after they were struck.

“The number of people who drove around the guy and never rendered any aid—they had to drive around him and the dog—that is sad,” said Chitwood. “The least they could have done was stop. They just drove around him like he was a piece of trash.”

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  • He said Patterson was hit about 5 p.m. while crossing Providence Road at Arbor Lea Road by a car travelling east on Providence Road. The dog was found about 40 feet away on the unit block of Carriage Lane.

    Chitwood said police were looking for a light-colored auto with a low-hanging front bumper. He said Monday morning investigators had collected forensic evidence and were looking for surveillance videos in an effort to identify the vehicle.

    Neighbors said Patterson usually walked his dog around the neighborhood two to three times a day,” Chitwood said. He said the man was retired and lived with his wife.

    Chitwood said the dog, a white poodle, had run away and Patterson had gone out looking for the pet. He had apparently found the dog, which was on a leash, and was heading home.

    – Stacey Burling and Mari A. Schaefer

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