Driver kills pedestrian, then is struck while trying to help

PENNSAUKEN Just after his van struck and killed a pedestrian on Admiral Wilson Boulevard early Sunday morning, the driver got out of his vehicle to help - only to be hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The tragic sequence of events occurred about 3:10 a.m. at the intersection of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and Lee Avenue, police said.

The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man whose name was not released, was walking across the highway when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The van driver, whose identity also was not released, underwent surgery Sunday for unspecified injuries, said Sgt. Chris Sulzbach of Pennsauken Township police.

Police were looking for the vehicle that struck him. A side mirror believed to have come from it was recovered at the scene, and witnesses were being interviewed, Sulzbach said.

Police did not know why the man who was killed did not use the nearby pedestrian bridge to cross the boulevard, Sulzbach said. The road is a heavily traveled artery in and out of Philadelphia.

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