Kingsessing Hit-&-Run Suspect Faces Murder Charge

NY man accused of murder after allegedly not even slowing down when he struck and killed a woman

By Dan Stamm and Kelly Bayliss
|  Friday, Dec 7, 2012  |  Updated 12:31 AM EDT
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Car Found, Suspect on the Loose in Deadly Kingsessing Hit-&-Run

Philadelphia Police

Jerome Brooks, 45, is accused of murder, homicide, DUI and related charges in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Kinsessing woman.

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SUV Abandoned After Deadly Hit-&-Run

Deeanna Teal, 52, was killed after being struck by a gray Chevy Tahoe around 10:30 Monday night at the intersection of 48th Street and Chester Avenue. The moment was caught on camera by surveillance video. NBC10's Christine Maddela reports.

Raw Video of Deadly Kingsessing Hit-&-Run

WARNING: This video could be disturbing to some viewers. NBC10 has the surveillance video from a nearby grocery store the Kingsessing hit-and-run that killed 52-year-old Deeanna Teal Monday night.
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Police announced the arrest Thursday the man who they say was behind the wheel of a speeding SUV when it struck and killed a woman in the Kingsessing section of Philadelphia Monday night.

Deanna Teal, 52, was hit by a gray Chevy Tahoe with New York tags around 10:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of 49th Street and Chester Avenue, according to police.

  • WARNING: This raw video of the deadly hit-and-run could be disturbing to some viewers.

The moment was caught on camera by surveillance video from a nearby grocery store. In the video you can see Teal walking home -- crossing the intersection -- when the SUV quickly crosses the screen, hitting Teal.

Jerome Brooks, 45, of Elmira, N.Y. was arraigned Thursday on murder, homicide by vehicle, DUI and related charges, according to court documents.

Police say Brooks never slowed down or stopped after the crash. Police found his heavily damaged Chevy Tahoe abandoned about six blocks away from the scene behind a property on the 4700 block of Larchwood Avenue.

A witness told NBC10 that SUV came careening across the Chester Avenue Bridge, bottomed out and lost control nearly striking the witness before hitting Teal.

Police declared Teal dead on the scene.

"She was a sweet girl, she didn't deserve that," said Teal's friend Loretta Casey.Deanna Teal, 52, was hit and killed by a SUV late Monday night. The driver then sped off and abandoned the vehicle.

Teal, who was set to be married, left behind a daughter, six grandchildren. Her fiancée James McClellan hopes justice is served for the driver who killed Teal.

"He should of just stopped," McClellan said. "He'll get his... I'll leave it up to the courts."


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