Teen Struck, Dragged by Hit-and-Run Driver

Witnesses to the crime were reluctant to provide any information to police

Police have located a vehicle driven by a hit-and-run driver who struck a 16-year-old boy, dragging him 30 feet along the sidewalk and then back onto the highway Friday night.

According to a preliminary investigation, an argument took place between two groups of men at a dance at Wissahickon High School, police said. After the dance, one of the groups was walking on the sidewalk on Knights Road when a dark-colored SUV drove by at a high rate of speed.

Another vehicle, which police believe to be a Chevy Impala, then drove up onto the sidewalk and lawn on Knights Road behind the teens and drove directly at them at a high rate of speed, police said. Everyone, except the 16-year-old, was able to get out of the way.

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After dragging the boy's body down the sidewalk and then back onto the highway, the striking vehicle then fled the scene. Police said they later found out that both vehicles belonged to members of the opposing group involved in the confrontation at the dance.

Witnesses to the crime were reluctant to provide any information to the police at the scene of the incident, officials said.

A Chevy Impala matching the description of the striking vehicle was located in the 1900 block of Pennfield Street in the 14th Police District in Philadelphia. The vehicle was impounded for processing.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The investigation is being conducted by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office and the Lower Gwynedd Township Police Department.
 

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