Woman Killed in Christmas Hit-&-Run Identified: Cops

The search continues for woman who stopped & got out of her car before getting back in to flee the scene, police say

By Dan Stamm and David Chang
|  Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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An eyewitness tells NBC10's Chris Cato that a driver hit a woman in Kensington Tuesday night and before speeding off she got out of the car and looked at the victim.

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An eyewitness tells NBC10's Chris Cato that a driver hit a woman in Kensington Tuesday night and before speeding off she got out of the car and looked at the victim.

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Kensington Hit & Run

Police are searching for a black Dodge Charger in connection with a hit-and-run on Frankford Avenue that left a woman with severe head injuries.
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A woman struck and killed in a hit-and-run on Christmas has been identified, police announced Thursday.

Philadelphia Police say 54-year-old Denise Williams, of the 5400 block of Euclid Street, fell around 8:10 p.m. Tuesday on the sidewalk and was laying in front of the driveway to the Family Dollar store at 3141 Frankford Ave. when a black Dodge Charger turned into the driveway.

The driver turned right into the parking lot, striking Williams and causing severe head trauma, police said.

The victim was rushed to Temple University Hospital where doctors operated on her head and liver but it was too late. Early Wednesday morning, NBC10 received word that the woman succumbed to her injuries just before 11 p.m. Christmas night.

The search for the driver, described as a Hispanic woman in her 40s, continued Wednesday afternoon. Police say after hitting the victim, she got out of the car but then got back in and drove off westbound on the 2000 block of Wishart Street.

"(She)  stepped out of the car, coming close to the body -- not touching the body -- but come close, a couple of feet away and talking -- I believe in Spanish language -- and going back to the car and taking off," said Milan, who wintessed the the incident.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Dodge Charger and/or knows who the driver was should contact Philadelphia Police.

 


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