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Father of 5 Struck and Killed in North Philly Hit-and-Run

Loved ones are mourning a father of five who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run vehicle in North Philadelphia Monday night

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Loved ones are mourning a father of five who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run vehicle in North Philadelphia Monday night.

Family members and a law enforcement source told NBC10 Karon Underwood, 36, suffered a small stab wound after getting into a dispute with someone he knew. Underwood then left to go to the hospital.

As Underwood walked along the 2900 block of North Broad Street around 10:20 p.m., a passing vehicle stopped to avoid hitting him, the source told NBC10. A second vehicle then swerved to avoid the first vehicle and struck Underwood. Both vehicles then fled the scene.

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Underwood was pronounced dead by responding medics at 10:25 p.m. He was only blocks away from the hospital.

The hit-and-run was captured on surveillance video, according to the source. Police described the vehicle as a possibly gray or silver newer model Hyundai SUV that may have had a New York license plate.

"You might not have known you hit something but I'm quite sure you can look at your car and tell you got damage," Pamela Johnson, Underwood's aunt, said. "Just give my family some closure. That's all I ask. Please."

On Wednesday, police released surveillance photos and video of a white sedan with a sunroof that was in the area of the hit-and-run. They did not reveal however whether they believe it was the striking vehicle.

"We are seeking the public's assistance in identifying this vehicle and its operator, as we believe he or she might have information that is germane to the investigation of the crash," a police spokesperson wrote.

Police continue to analyze surveillance video and are asking witnesses to come forward.

"I know we're going to suffer because he's not here. But his kids, they're fatherless right now," Johnson said.

Underwood's youngest child is 2-years-old.

If you have any information on the incident, please call Philadelphia police.

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