At at 2:30 in the afternoon, it occurred. The guy was using a cane as he strolled along Frankford Avenue on a Wednesday.
A 20-year-old guy driving a gold Honda Pilot stopped at a stop sign while heading east on Chippendale Street.
After that, he turned left onto Frankford Avenue heading northbound, where he eventually collided with the 73-year-old pedestrian.
According to the police, the vehicle kept going, ran over the victim, and then drove off along Frankford Avenue.
An autopsy confirmed the death of Joseph Lawson, a resident of Chippendale Street.
On Wednesday night, the motorist turned himself in to police at the 2nd Police District Headquarters.
The manager of a local car body business, MAACO, reported the event as follows: “All of a sudden you hear a loud blast.”
This occurred at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Chippendale Street. I’m guessing there was some kind of mishap.
Murphy said he observed what happened and made eye contact with the driver.
Murphy stated, “He seemed horrified, too, but he continued driving after he struck him and he hesitated a little bit when he spotted me, and then he just went straight down the street.”
MAACO employees had personal knowledge of the victim. Word on the street was that he was a frequent visitor, since he just happened to reside a few houses away.
The manager, Frank Ambrosano, claims they had just spoken minutes before the event occurred.
How can you just drive off like that?,” Ambrosano said.
“It’s extremely upsetting and it gets you really irritated because like, have some decency…you done something wrong, you should at least stop, make sure the man is OK.”
Workers have reported crossing the roadway on a regular basis to access the convenience shop. They’re probably worried whether they’ll be the next ones to be struck.
“You know how it is in Philadelphia today,” Ambrosano remarked.
It’s not safe anymore, really; look at how many people have been struck recently with how people are driving these days.
No one has been able to identify the driver so yet, according to the police.