What to Know
- Samuel Jackson died after being struck by a car just feet from his Norristown home Sunday night.
- Police believe the driver who killed Jackson was in a Red Ford Focus. The car was going at a high rate of speed, a witness said.
- Jackson was a Vietnam War veteran, his family said.
A Vietnam veteran was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a day before Veterans Day, his family and police say.
Samuel Jackson, 67, appeared to have stepped out of his car near his Astor Street home in Norristown around 6:25 p.m. Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle that never stopped, Norristown police and Montgomery County detectives said.
Jackson was taken to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead a short time later, authorities said.
“He was well-loved as well as a vet,” Jackson’s niece, Tione Jackson, told NBC10. “And (Monday) morning will be Veterans Day. So he fought for this country and we need to fight for his rights.”
Norristown Police said the striking vehicle was possibly a red Ford Focus. A witness told police that the car was going at a high rate of speed.
"God sees all. So one day you will be held accountable, but the family that I have, we're going to make sure you're accountable," Tione Jackson said. "We're going to make sure, I promise you that. Rest in peace Uncle Sam, we will love you for life."
If you have any information on the incident, please call Norristown Police at 610-270-0977 or submit a top at NPDTips@norristown.org.