Church van driver killed in hit-and-run

Philly police hunt for suspect who escaped from hospital
Philadelphia Police Dept.

Authorities are searching for the driver who hit a man as he was getting into his church van, fatally injuring him on Thursday night.

Around 10 p.m. on Thursday on the 2100 block of N. Front Street in Kensington, a driver headed northbound hit a parked van as a man was climbing inside, Philadelphia police reported.

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The force of the impact ripped the door from the van, authorities stated, adding that the man who was hit was dragged approximately 20 feet. He was taken to Temple Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m.

According to published reports, the driver was dropping off members of his church group when he was struck.

The driver who hit him fled northbound on Front Street, and police believed he was driving a dark, older model Saab that may now have front fender damage, a flat front passenger-side tire and possible scuffing on the passenger-side mirror.

Police found a thin chrome insert with the Saab logo at the scene.

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Anyone with information about this incident should call the Accident Investigation District at 215-685-3180/3181.