Source: Person of interest caught in fatal accident with minor –…
Found on: 2022-07-15 13:52:31
A Montgomery County man with outstanding warrants for his arrest in suburban Philadelphia is considered a person of interest in a hit-and-run case in West Philadelphia last week that led to an 11-year-old boy was thrown about 50 feet away.
The man was finally arrested in Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County on a warrant Wednesday night, law enforcement sources told NBC10’s Deanna Durante.
Philadelphia police and Montgomery County detectives have spent the past few days searching for him, the sources said.
The man was due to appear in court in Montgomery Conty on July 6, but never showed up, the sources said.
The boy was struck on July 7 while crossing the 4200 block of West Girard Avenue, police said.
He was struck by a man driving a blue Ford F150 pickup, Philadelphia Police Department Officer Eric McLaurin said at the time. Paramedics took the boy to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was in “extremely critical” condition last weekend.
Multiple people called 911 after witnessing the crash, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said last week.
Witnesses and family members told police the boy was walking to a corner store with his mother and in the crosswalk when he was struck, investigators said. Police were told the driver of the westbound van turned two lanes of traffic and entered the eastbound lanes, where he struck the boy.
The boy was thrown about 50 feet, Small said. The impact left him with serious injuries from head to foot.
At least one driver followed the truck after the crash and was able to obtain a license plate for the truck, investigators said. He was last seen heading down Girard Avenue toward Martin Luther King Drive.
The man’s truck was found in New Jersey, sources said.
Charges in the hit-and-run were not announced as of Thursday morning.