Dan Stamm

Suspect Surrenders to Face Charges in Deadly Main Line Hit-&-Run

A fraudulent insurance claim helped lead investigators on the Main Line to arrest a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run.

Kevin Gaughan, of Paoli, surrendered Thursday to face charges in the March 6 crash along East Lancaster Avenue in Wayne that left 69-year-old Frank Gitterman dead.

Gitterman was crossing Lancaster Avenue in the crosswalk when an SUV struck him.

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Fred Gitterman was killed in a hit-and-run crash along Lancaster Avenue on March 6, 2018. | See Larger

Delaware County investigators released surveillance video of the suspect's vehicle, believed to be a white GMC Yukon with front-end damage, hoping it would help them locate the driver. District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced a $10,000 reward in the case.

Copeland called Gaughan a "cold-hearted perpetrator."

Investigators eventually zeroed in on Gaughan a few days after the incident. He had taken his SUV to a collision center after filing a false claim just minutes after the crash, Copeland said.

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Kevin Gaughan is led from the Radnor Police Department after being charged in the hit-and-run death of Fred Gitterman. | See Larger

Gaughan was charged with fleeing an accident causing death, tampering with evidence and insurance fraud. He was released from prison after posting 10 percent of $500,000 bail.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

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