PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A suspect is in custody in connection with a hit-and-run in Upper Darby that left a woman and a young girl injured. The suspect then carjacked another vehicle before making his getaway.
This happened around 2 p.m. Saturday near the 69th Street Transportation Center.
Police say a man on a dirt bike came flying down a hill and struck a 6-year-old girl and her 44-year-old great-aunt as they were in a crosswalk.
From there, the suspect was thrown from his dirt bike, but immediately got up and carjacked a vehicle.
Police say he then made a short getaway in that vehicle, abandoning it a few blocks away and fleeing on foot. The suspect was found in a wooded area not too far from where the stolen car was dumped.
As for the woman and granddaughter, the child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in serious condition. The woman was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition.
Witnesses say the condition of the little girl, in particular, was horrifying.
“She was the one who got hit cause the tire marks were like all on her side,” said witness Chanay Truitt. “He hit both of them and went flying in the air.”
Philadelphia police say they were rounding up dirt bikes and ATVs in the area and the suspect involved in the crash was at some point being pursued by a Philadelphia officer as part of the roundup. However, they say it’s unclear whether the officer continued to pursue the suspect before he crossed into Upper Darby and crashed into the pedestrians.
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“It’s horrible for your kids, the dirt bikes in the street, this is what happens and so it’s a sad situation,” said witness Stacy Rivera.
So far police have not filed any charges.