PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police have released an image of the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that left a 60-year-old man dead in North Philadelphia. Police say Roberto Oquendo Velez was hit with such force that he was thrown from his shoes and dragged about 300 feet on the 3300 block of North 2nd Street.
Police believe the vehicle is either a 2001 to 2004 GMC Yukon or Denali, blue in color. Police say the vehicle has a broken right headlight.READ MORE: Taste With Tori: Huda In Rittenhouse Merging Standout Sandwiches And Fine Dining
Eyewitnesses told police the victim was crossing the street when he was hit.
Police responded just after 11 p.m. Wednesday, and when they arrived, they found Oquendo Velez badly injured in the street. He was eventually pronounced dead on the scene.
Police say they’re getting information that indicates the driver knew that he or she hit someone. Police say not only was Oquendo Velez dragged, but it appears the driver got out of the vehicle, looked at the body and then left the scene.READ MORE: Bucks County Police Chiefs Detail How George Floyd's Murder Changes How They Work
“That’s when the body got loose from the vehicle and the vehicle continues south on Second, toward Allegheny,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “Police are getting info the driver may have exited the vehicle, looked at the body, and then continued on Second Street. The description of the vehicle is a white vehicle, possibly a minivan.”
The victim’s family tells investigators that he lived just one block away from where the crash happened, and he lived there for 35 years.
They also told police that he couldn’t speak or hear, but he was well known and well-liked in the neighborhood.
The accident investigation district is now investigating.MORE NEWS: Body Of Missing Amish Teen Linda Stoltzfoos Found In Ronks, Lancaster District Attorney's Office Confirms
CBS3’s Jan Carabeo contributed to this report.