Police seek driver after boulevard hit-and-run leaves woman critical

Justin Udo
June 27, 2019 - 4:30 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help as they search for the driver who hit an elderly woman and sped off, leaving her in critical condition.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, police say 69-year-old Alberine Bowen was walking in the southbound lane of Roosevelt Boulevard, near Cottman Avenue, when she was hit by a black car.

“She'd been thrown in such a degree that she went over the fence that is along the left lane there, and landed in the grassy medium. She suffered severe injuries including a broken left leg, punctured lung, severe head trauma, and some broken ribs,” explained Capt. Mark Overwise, the commanding officer with the Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Division.

Overwise says investigators are looking through video from around the area, as they work to track down the person responsible. However, he goes on to say that his unit is on the Roosevelt Boulevard for a crash or accident too often.

“Drivers need to be a little bit more careful, also pedestrians need to be a little more wary of the drivers that are out there,” he said. “Not everybody drives with regard to the pedestrians. They're too interested in getting to where they want to go.”

Overwise says he hopes the speed cameras, which are slated to go up at multiple locations on the Boulevard, can help bring some safety to this stretch of road.

Just last month, KYW Newsradio reported that the Roosevelt Boulevard saw 139 deaths or serious injuries between 2013 and 2017, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

AAA Mid-Atlantic's Jana Tidwell called the Boulevard, "arguably the most dangerous stretch of highway and the deadliest here in Philadelphia, if not in the nation.”