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Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Car On The Roosevelt Boulevard

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s most dangerous stretch of highway was the sight of yet another fatal accident early Tuesday morning.

Joshua Hess, 33, died in the darkness at about 5:25 a.m. while trying to cross Roosevelt Boulevard near Welsh Road while on his way to work.

He was rushed to Aria Health’s Torresdale Division, but he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Police say the driver of the car that struck Hess stopped and has not been charged with any violations as the investigation into the accident moves forward.

Hess, investigators say, is the third pedestrian to be struck and killed in the lanes of the Boulevard in the past five weeks. Since January, seven people have died in accidents on the Boulevard, compared to five for all of last year.

In addition to his full-time job at the IRS, Hess worked nights and weekends at Curran’s Irish Inn on State Road. Fellow workers say he was, in their words, “a great guy with a big heart,” and his tragic death was “like losing a brother.”

Reported By Steve Beck,; Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • Cathy Chase

    Josh was an amazing indivuidual. I had the honor to work with him and be his job coach while he was a student here at the Overbrook School f/t Blind.. His energy and sense of humor were infectious. His gift was a that of a kind and gentle soul. He was one of a kind.. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. R.I.P

  • Jenna & Jeff

    Josh was a great guy who’s life ended way too soon. He would help anyone with anything and was always smiling. Every memory we have involving Josh, was filled with laughter, friends, and his smile. RIP Josh, we love you!

  • dmac

    if the PPD X-Way and HWY patrol would do their job and patrol the BLVD there would be less accidents

  • Kristen M. Minnich-Litterer

    Josh was a very sweet friend of mine, we were friends in grade school,and high school,me, my friends, and my family treated him like family. And My Husband used to work with him too. Me and my husband are going miss him.

  • Shannon Farrell

    Josh I will miss your smiling face in Currans may you Rest In Peace and continue to take beautiful pictures in Heaven.

  • Ray Presock

    Josh you will be missed…. Love you buddy

  • Alice Santucci

    To those who have commented.. You have no compassion for my friend who was the pedestrian crossing the Blvd. He was a handicap young man who worked hard and was loved by many. He will be sadly missed by everyone whose lives he touched with his big smile.. As for the driver it will not haunt him forever as it was an accident. The driver stayed behind the whole time. Accidents do happen and this one was a tragedy. RIP Josh you will truly be missed by many of your friends. <3

    • ashley digman

      I guess whoever left those disrespectful comments feels rather dumb now as they must’ve deleted their comments. R.i.p Josh. He was so sweet <3

  • Jim Wilmer

    Thats what a driver is suppose to do!!! Accidents do happen, sometimes there is fault. But to run someone down and take off is wrong!!So wrong!!

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