PHILADELPHIA, PA – A search is underway for a hit-and-run driver after a pedestrian was struck and killed in North Philadelphia Wednesday night, CBS Philly reports.
Authorities say the man was crossing the street on the 400 block of West Hunting Park Avenue near 5th Street in Hunting Park at about 10 p.m. when he was hit. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 52-year-old Ralphi Rosario.
The vehicle that hit him was a black Grand Jeep Cherokee SRT. Police said that the driver left the accident scene, circled the block and returned to the scene before driving off. Investigators reportedly found some broken car parts at the scene that may have been from the Jeep.
Police say Rosario’s last known address is in New York. Investigators believe he was going to a nearby food truck when he was hit. Anyone with information was asked to contact Philadelphia police.
Pedestrians are increasingly at risk in Philadelphia’s high-traffic areas, and they are particularly vulnerable at dangerous intersections. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the city’s pedestrian fatalities increased over 15% from 2009 to 2013, at a time when automobile fatalities declined almost 15%. The coalition noted that aggressive driving is a contributing factor in 56% of fatal crashes in Philadelphia, while intersection design is a contributing factor in 43% of fatal crashes. According to the report, the city’s most dangerous intersection for pedestrians is 5th Street and Olney Avenue. The coalition has called for a policy of designing streets with safety of all users as the primary goal rather than speed or convenience of automobiles.
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