String of hit and runs spanning 2 counties leaves woman dead, suspect in custody

PHL17 News

A woman is dead and several others are hurt after multiple hit and runs in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.

According to police, a car rear-ended a motorcycle at Broad and Lombard in Philadelphia shortly after 2 a.m. A 29 year-old man and 28 year-old woman were on that motorcycle. Investigators say the woman had some bumps and bruises as a result of the crash. Medics took her to Jefferson hospital where she is in stable condition.

Shortly afterwards, police say that the same car hit a 32 year-old woman who was walking on the sidewalk with her co-worker at 15th and South Street. Once hitting the woman, police say the car turned around and ran over her a second time and before driving off. Medics took her to Jefferson Hospital. She was pronounced dead around 4:45 a.m.

Investigators later found what they believe to be the striking car at Broad and South Streets. Police say that cameras captured footage of the driver getting out of the car wearing gray sweatpants, no shirt, and a light-colored jacket. The car, a Chevy Malibu, was reported stolen.

At some point in the morning, the suspect stole a gray Nissan Altima. Later in the morning, officers responded to Umbria and Hermitage Streets in Manayunk where they say he struck another person. According to sources, that person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers then tracked the driver to Montgomery County where he hit a person near 4th and Main Street in Collegeville. Medics airlifted that victim to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown.

State Police tell PHL17 the suspected hit and run driver eventually stopped at a gas station in Trappe, PA. That’s where police say the man got out of his car with a stolen dog, and started walking in a local neighborhood. Investigators say a good samaritan called police. Once officers arrived, they were able to take the man in custody.

Investigators have yet to release the mans identity or a motive in all of the incidents.

This is a developing story.

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