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Motorist still at large in Wissinoming hit and run

On cam­era: A sur­veil­lance im­age of the white four-door sedan that struck a 14-year-old on Chel­ten­ham Av­en­ue at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and then fled the scene.

Phil­adelphia po­lice have ar­res­ted one mo­tor­ist but seek a second in con­nec­tion with a pair of hit-and-run crashes that in­jured two young sis­ters on sep­ar­ate days this month.

The Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice al­leges that Charles Mul­hern, 23, of May­fair, was be­hind the wheel of a white GMC sport-util­ity vehicle on March 7 at about 2:15 p.m. when it struck a 10-year-old girl as she walked along the 2400 block of Mem­ph­is St. in Fishtown. Mul­hern fled the scene in his vehicle, au­thor­it­ies said. The vic­tim was treated at St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren for a broken leg and fa­cial in­jur­ies. In news me­dia in­ter­views, her fath­er iden­ti­fied her as Sarah Givens.

On March 12, Mul­hern walked to the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict at Har­bison Av­en­ue and Levick Street to sur­render, ac­com­pan­ied by his at­tor­ney, Joe Kelly. Au­thor­it­ies charged him with caus­ing an ac­ci­dent in­volving death or ser­i­ous in­jury. The fol­low­ing day, Mul­hern pos­ted 10 per­cent of $75,000 bail and was re­leased. He is sched­uled for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on April 1.

A sep­ar­ate hit-and-run case in­volving Sarah’s sis­ter Kylie re­mains un­solved.

On March 9 at about 8:30 p.m., the 14-year-old vic­tim was walk­ing south­bound on Chel­ten­ham Av­en­ue at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue in Wissi­nom­ing when a white four-door sedan with tin­ted win­dows struck her and fled the scene be­fore po­lice ar­rived. In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that the mo­tor­ist stopped mo­ment­ar­ily be­fore con­tinu­ing north­bound on Tor­res­dale, then east­bound on Van Kirk Street.

The girl was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale with crit­ic­al in­jur­ies, po­lice said. Au­thor­it­ies have not dis­closed her up­dated con­di­tion.

To view sur­veil­lance video re­lated to the March 9 in­cid­ent, vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­Tube.com. To re­port in­form­a­tion about either case, call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP. ••

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