A hit-and-run left a man dead who had just gotten off a SEPTA bus in the shadow of Saint Joseph’s University. A car emblem found nearby may have helped investigators find the car involved as they continued to search for the driver.
Philadelphia police arrived to City Avenue at 54th Street in the Overbrook neighborhood around 10 p.m. Tuesday to find an unresponsive 58-year-old man on the roadway, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Medics rushed the man — identified Wednesday as Anthony Rodgers — to nearby Lankenau Medical Center where he died a short time later. Rodgers lived along the 5600 block of Woodcrest Avenue, just a few blocks from where he was struck, investigators said.
Surveillance video captured by a nearby store owner shows the victim getting off a SEPTA bus and walking in the crosswalk just before being struck. The victim then went flying through the air.
Vehicles, including a SEPTA bus in the opposite direction, continue to drive past the scene in the moments following the deadly crash.
On Wednesday morning, a red Lexus with front-end damage, a shattered windshield and missing hood emblem was found parked on a sidewalk next to a warehouse at 19th and Courtland streets in the Logan neighborhood. Accident investigators believe the car is the one involved in the deadly hit-and-run because a Lexus hood emblem was recovered at the crash scene, police said.
It could take investigators a few days of testing to officially confirm that the car struck the victim, police said.