Woman who jumped out of car to flee gunman run over by same vehicle

Steve Tawa
April 29, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Philadelphia police

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While accident investigators initially thought they were looking into a fatal hit-and-run crash in West Philadelphia early Sunday, it's turned into something entirely different. Police are now looking for the driver and at least one gunman who was firing at the car.  

Early Sunday morning, police now say a woman who was a passenger in a white Infinity jumped out as two men approached the car, one of whom fired on them. 

Captain Frank Milillo, the commanding officer of Southwest Detectives, says when the gunfire started, the driver threw it into reverse and backed over her on Aspen Street, near 49th Street. 

"The door opens as she was trying to avoid that gunfire. She jumped out, and got caught up under the front as she tried to get out of the vehicle. I believe she got caught under the front tire," Milillo said. 

The victim was 36-year-old Abbra Johnson. Police say surveillance video shows the car struck parked cars before Johnson was hit. The driver then hit another vehicle before jumping out of the car and running from the scene. 

Milillo hopes neighbors and businesses have their own video to share from just after 6:30 Sunday morning. 

"Check their cameras for that time frame, because the operator of the vehicle ran eastbound on Aspen Street, and then north on 49th Street," he said. 

Police are looking for the driver as well as the gunman. Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.