Witnesses catch glimpse of license plate in hit-and-run, leading to quick arrest

Dan Wing
July 05, 2019 - 11:45 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police have arrested a man in connection to a hit-and-run early Friday morning in North Philadelphia, which left a man in his late 20s in critical condition.

Police say the victim was riding his bike in the area of 13th Street and Lehigh Avenue when he was hit by a car around 1:30 a.m. The driver didn't stop, but witnesses got a good look at the car. They were were able to give police most of the car's license plate numbers.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said that information from witnesses was spread out to officers throughout the city, and it led to a quick arrest.

"SEPTA police officers in the 3300 block of Fox Street saw a vehicle parked on the sidewalk with the engine running, and there was someone in the driver's seat sleeping," he said. "He was sitting in a Chrysler 300 with the engine running, and the first three letters, and last number, which is the partial tag witnesses had, did match."

SEPTA officers say the sleeping driver appeared to be under the influence, and the vehicle had front-end damage. 

The driver, whose name has not been released, was arrested and now faces charges connected to the hit-and-run.

As for the victim, he was rushed from the scene to Temple University Hospital for severe injuries to his head and leg.