Police search for hit-and-run driver who sent cyclist to hospital in critical condition

Tim Jimenez
July 26, 2019 - 6:47 am
The rider of this bicycle was sent to the hospital after a hit and run on Roosevelt Boulevard.

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UPDATED: 11 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police are searching for a man who hit a car and a bicyclist with a stolen vehicle and ran away.

Cars are zipping by at F Street and Roosevelt Boulevard Friday morning at the site of the hit-and-run accident. Debris still litters the outer northbound lanes of the boulevard, and a mangled bicycle sits in the median.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, police say a man driving a stolen Jeep Compass hit the BMW, which hit the bicyclist in a chain reaction. The driver of the Jeep then jumped out and took off running into the neighborhood.

The bicyclist, a 19-year-old man, was taken to a hospital, where he is in critical condition. The BMW driver was checked out at the hospital for pain, but he wasn't seriously hurt. 

The scene of a July 25, 2019, hit and run accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.
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The accident happened right in front of Jessica Velez's house.

"I was laying down. All of a sudden I hear screeches and bangs. And I thought I heard a boom, maybe somebody fell to the ground," she said. “These people go extremely too fast they don’t look. And right here, they just turn right away they don’t care what color the light is.”

Neighbors say they’re not surprised, and crashes happen there way too often.

"I've been here two years. In the past two years, it's about the tenth accident," said one man who lives near the site.

The search is on for the driver of the stolen Jeep in Northeast Philadelphia.