Teen Death Not a Hit-and-Run: Cops

After reviewing surveillance video, police say the death of a 14-year-old boy was not a hit-and-run as they originally believed.

By David Chang
|  Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 11:35 PM EDT
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A 14-year old boy is hit by a vehicle while riding his dirt bike in Port Richmond.  Police initially thought the accident that killed Jermaine Alexander was a hit and run. But surveillance video showed the driver stopped, according to investigators.

NBC10Philadelphia.com- Claudia Rivero

A 14-year old boy is hit by a vehicle while riding his dirt bike in Port Richmond. Police initially thought the accident that killed Jermaine Alexander was a hit and run. But surveillance video showed the driver stopped, according to investigators.

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Police say the death of a local teenager was not the result of a hit-and-run as they originally believed. A witness originally told police that a blue minivan struck 14-year-old Jermaine Alexander and then fled the scene. However, after further investigation, police say this was not the case.

Surveillance video revealed that Alexander made a turn while riding his dirt bike at the intersection of Frankford and Butler when he crashed into another vehicle, according to investigators. Alexander died in the accident. Police also say the driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and that no other vehicle was involved.

Alexander's family tells NBC10 he was an 8th grade student at Harding Middle School. Police continue to investigate.


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