Police offering reward for help with fatal West Philly hit and run case

The Citizen's Crime Commission has posted $20,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction.

Mark Abrams
August 22, 2018 - 2:07 pm
Accident Investigation Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the below vehicle (currently unknown make/model) and its occupants.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are asking the public for help in solving a month-old fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a West Philadelphia man. And they're offering a cash reward hoping to general tips.

Police Captain Mark Overwise of the Accident Investigation Division says they're looking for the driver of a 2004-2008 silver Mazda 3 hatchback with damage to the hood and windshield.

"What we need from the public is someone who knows who the driver is," Overwise said. "They know this vehicle. They've probably seen it. But after July 22, they either didn't see it for awhile or noticed that damage, and we need them to call us and give us a tip to help us out."

Overwise says 61-year-old Kenneth Whiters, who was walking in the intersection at Aspen Street and Lancaster Avenue just below 42nd Street, was struck and killed by the driver.

Overwise says the Citizen's Crime Commission has posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 or the police tip line, 215-686-8477.