Police looking for driver who hit pedestrian in Fishtown

Molly Daly
January 15, 2019 - 7:25 pm
Philadelphia police

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are asking for your help in tracking down the driver who hit a pedestrian in Fishtown early Sunday morning and took off. The 29-year-old victim suffered head injuries that authorities don't believe to be life-threatening.

It happened on Girard Avenue near Shackamaxon around 2.40 a.m. as a light snow fell. On surveillance video, a man is seen trying to cross the street when a red Jeep appears, headed right for him. The victim's feet slide on the slippery street as he seems to try to turn back. 

Captain Sekou Kinebrew says the footage jumps to show the injured man on the ground, sliding back toward the curb as the Jeep keeps going east on Girard Avenue. 

"Either the speed itself, or the collision with the pedestrian, coupled with the road conditions, caused that car to fishtail in the immediate aftermath of the collision, so that's something that stands out to us as we look at the video," he said.  

He says the make of the car is known, but they don't yet know the model.

"The vehicle is red, and we know it is a Jeep SUV-type vehicle. Assistance from the public would help give us clarity on what type car it is as we continue on the investigation as well. So there's no such thing as a wasted tip," he added.