Actor, 68, Loses Leg After Philadelphia Hit-Run

A 68-year-old stage actor suffered serious injuries in an overnight hit-and-run in Center City Philadelphia, police said Tuesday.

Michael Toner was mid-block near 11th and Market streets about 1 a.m. when a car struck him and fled the scene, Capt. John Wilczynski of Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation said. Toner is in critical condition, police said, and one of his legs has been amputated as a result of his injuries.

Toner recently wrapped up a show at the Amaryllis Theater Company. He was set to begin rehearsals soon for a touring show with the Walnut Street Theater.

Police on Tuesday afternoon did not have a description of the vehicle that struck Toner, and had not found any witnesses. Accident Investigation officers were checking the area for cameras and asking the public for help tracking down the driver who hurt the actor.

Police were expected to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. about the hit-run.

Anyone with information on the hit-run is asked to call Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation at 215-685-3180.

Editor's note: Initial reports said Toner is blind. He is not blind, but recently played a blind character on stage.

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