New video was released of a man fighting a driver who allegedly struck a vehicle and then fled the scene in North Philadelphia.
On Sunday at 6:12 p.m., a man driving a 2007 black Toyota Camry rear-ended a 2009 white Lexus ES350 that was stopped along the 2000 block of West Lehigh Avenue, investigators said. The driver of the Camry allegedly fled the scene after the collision and the driver of the Lexus contacted police and reported the hit-and-run.
As the driver of the Camry fled, a 29-year-old man who witnessed the hit-and-run began to follow him, investigators said. The 29-year-old man tracked the driver down and confronted him on the 200 block of Ripka Street a few minutes later. A witness then recorded as the 29-year-old man wrestled the alleged hit-and-run driver to the ground, dragged him around and then put him in a headlock. A woman in the video also appears to be trying to break up the altercation.
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Trey Dunn, who lives near where the incident occurred, told NBC10 he believed it looked more like the 29-year-old was trying to subdue the driver rather than attack him.
“I could see how it’s justified,” Dunn said. “It’s a hit and run. You’re causing damage. It’s not like he’s throwing punches. He’s kind of subduing him.”
Police eventually spoke to both the 29-year-old man and the alleged hit-and-run driver. No charges have been filed at this time. They continue to investigate the incident.