News: Search on for driver who fatally struck pedestrian in Juniata

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police are trying to track down a driver who left the scene after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Philadelphia early Sunday morning, WPVI reports.

The incident occurred in the 4100 block of Whitaker Avenue near the intersection with East Hunting Park Avenue in the city’s Juniata neighborhood.

Investigators believe a man was struck by a vehicle, then dragged 150 feet down the street. The victim was found dead at the scene by medics. His identity has not yet been released.

Police found car parts believed to have come from the vehicle that hit the man. It was believed to have been a dark-colored vehicle. Investigators will try to obtain additional evidence regarding the incident from footage taken by a nearby security camera.

Dangerous Philadelphia intersections

Each pedestrian accident is another reminder to take extra caution when walking the streets of Philadelphia, especially near some of the city’s most dangerous intersections. Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of pedestrian traffic fatalities in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And pedestrian deaths in Pennsylvania motor vehicle crashes topped 200 in 2018, the highest total since 1999, the state Department of Transportation said.

In fact, a report by Time Magazine concluded that the most dangerous intersection in the United States is in Bensalem in Bucks County, where Knights Road crosses Street Road.  A 2008 traffic audit found that on a one-mile stretch of Street Road that includes the intersection, there were 144 crashes in the two years leading up to the audit, and 170 people died or were injured.

A car crash is unsettling and aggravating, but it is even worse if the perpetrator quickly leaves the scene and the victim has been injured or killed. .The experienced Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky specialize in helping those hurt by the carelessness of others and they know how to fight for your rights to make sure justice is done. To set up a free evaluation and discuss your case, contact us today by calling (215) 735-4800 or filing out our online form.