Springfield – An Upper Darby man has been charged in the death of a man arising from a hit and run accident that occurred in the early morning hours on North State Road on July 4th, 2012.
The 29-year-old defendant appeared before Magisterial District Judge Anthony Scanlon; he waived his preliminary hearing and agreed to a straight waiver.
According to police, the defendant was the driver of the vehicle that struck a pedestrian who was walking along North State Road at around 3 a.m. on July 4. After being struck, the victim never regained consciousness and ultimately died last month after he was removed from life support.
After the hit-and-run, Springfield detectives were able to recover small pieces at the scene from the vehicle's headlamp. Detectives worked with that tiny bit of evidence, and along with the FBI, they were able to determine that the vehicle was a 2010 to 2012 Toyota 4Runner. Additionally, the police were able to determine the regional distribution center for the vehicle model's headlamps. From there, police tracked down a shipment of lights to a dealership located in Conshohocken. Police were able to find a body shop located in Southwest Philadelphia that purchased a headlamp two days following the hit and run accident.
The detectives questioned the shop's owner, who told them that a man had come into his business requesting an estimate to repair damage to his 2012 Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner had damage to its passenger side headlamp, the front bumper, the hood, windshield and grill. The shop owner identified the suspect in a photo lineup as the man that had brought in the 4Runner and paid $7,800 for repairs in cash.
One of the county detectives spotted the suspect's vehicle on the Blue Route last week near Route 30. The investigators followed the car and obtained a search warrant. The suspect was arrested on the same day the hit-and-run victim was buried. The defendant agreed to waive his hearing on charges including failure to provide information and render aid and charges involving the victim's death. The defendant is in Delaware County prison on $500,000 cash bail and his formal arraignment is scheduled for April 3.
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Unfortunately hit and run accidents can and do occur. Considering the great force a motor vehicle can have when it collides with a pedestrian, the results can be life-threatening as in the hit and run case mentioned above.
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident, a
pedestrian accident, or if someone you love has lost their life in a traffic collision, we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. at once. Each state has a statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims; therefore, it's critical that you file a claim before you lose the right to damages permanently. We will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf and help get the legally responsible party to take responsibility for their negligent actions.