Philadelphia Police ID Suspect in Deadly Scooter Hit-&-Run

Philadelphia Police Friday identified the driver they say struck and dragged a scooter driver about 200 feet then left him for dead.

Police charged Ramon Morales, 62, of Cedar Street Thursday in the Port Richmond hit-and-run that left Thomas Dunbar dead Wednesday night.

Dunbar, 36, was operating a motorized scooter driver along Lehigh Avenue near Aramingo Avenue when he was struck and dragged about 200 feet, said Philadelphia Police. Medics rushed Dunbar, of Almond Street near Venango in Port Richmond, to Hahnemann Hospital, where he later died from head and torso injuries.[[375744211, C]]

After striking the man, the driver of a Pontiac Aztec with New York tags drove off, witnesses told police.

"After striking someone on a motor [scooter] and dragging that person about 200 feet we're certain the driver of the striking vehicle knew what he did," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Investigators found the SUV about 90 minutes later park at Cedar and Madison streets -- that about 1 mile from the scene of the crash.[[375704311, C]]

Officers executed a search warrant on Morales' home and led him away in handcuffs around 3 p.m. Thursday. His lawyer Morales would make no statement.

Police charged Morales with murder, homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

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