Police seek help in hit-and-runs


Phil­adelphia po­lice ac­ci­dent in­vest­ig­at­ors seek the pub­lic’s help in solv­ing four old hit-and-run cases in­volving death or severe in­jur­ies.

The most re­cent case res­ul­ted in the death of 41-year-old Richard Far­rell. On Aug. 26 at 2:15 a.m., Far­rell was at­tempt­ing to cross Roosevelt Boulevard at Har­tel Av­en­ue when a vehicle struck him in the north­bound out­er drive of the 12-lane U.S. high­way. The strik­ing car, most likely a Chrysler 300, was driv­en from the scene be­fore au­thor­it­ies ar­rived.

On April 3, a 16-year-old boy was in­jured severely when a car struck him as he rode a bi­cycle on the 4500 block of Tyson Ave. The strik­ing vehicle was de­scribed as a small, dark-colored car and was driv­en from the scene east­bound on Tyson Av­en­ue. The vic­tim suffered trau­mat­ic head in­jur­ies and is at­tempt­ing to re­cov­er his abil­ity to move and speak, po­lice said.

A car theft pre­cip­it­ated an­oth­er Roosevelt Boulevard death on Ju­ly 22, 2011, po­lice said. Azeme Fitch­ett, 18, was a pas­sen­ger in a stolen vehicle trav­el­ing north­bound near Rorer Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost con­trol, struck a curb and flipped the car. Fitch­ett was ejec­ted from and crushed by the tum­bling vehicle. Wit­nesses said an 18-year-old man with a dark com­plex­ion fled the crash scene on foot. Fitch­ett died at the scene.

On Oct. 26, 2010 at about 8:40 p.m., Vanessa San­ti­ago, 26, was walk­ing across Fifth Street at York Street when a white Ford F-150 pickup truck ran a north­bound red light and struck her, po­lice said. The mo­tor­ist drove from the scene north­bound on Fifth Street be­fore au­thor­it­ies ar­rived. San­ti­ago died that night from un­spe­cified in­jur­ies.

Call the Ac­ci­dent In­vest­ig­a­tion Di­vi­sion at 215-685-3180 to re­port in­form­a­tion about any of these crashes. ••End­Frag­ment 

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