91-Year-Old Returns To Ballpark After Hit-Run Accident, Suspect Identified
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police believe they have identified the driver involved in Tuesday night’s hit and run at Citizens Bank Park.
Investigators have been in contact with the person who was behind the wheel when 91-year-old Raymond DiCrescenzo was struck.
A day after the accident, with more the six staples in his head, the World War II veteran returned to the ballpark to watch his beloved Phillies from his normal seat.
Less then 24 hours earlier DiCrescenzo was clipped by a pick-up truck as he left the Phillies game.
He admits to jaywalking across Pattison Avenue.
“I saw he wasn’t going to stop so I stepped back, and he just brushed me. Had I stepped forward, he would’ve run right over me,” he said.
The driver never stopped.
“I fell pretty hard, and hit my head,” DiCrescenzo said.
Raymond was greeted back with lots of hugs from Phillies’ staffers who have gotten to know the season ticket holder and his wife Adele pretty well.
The Phillies even put the 91-year-old up on their gigantic phanavision screen after the 2nd inning.
“All I can say is that I thank the dear Lord we are here tonight,” Adele said.
“I was pretty lucky, at my age I didn’t break a bone or something else,” Raymond said.
DiCrescenzo made the decision to come to Wednesday night’s game even though he was released from the hospital earlier in the morning.
“He we are. Aren’t we fortunate,” Adele said. “God has to be on our side,” she concluded.
Police say the driver is from Delaware and as of now, no charges have been filed.
Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3