A car thief was arrested, accused of going on a spree of hit-and-runs in the Philadelphia area during which he hit a woman walking on the sidewalk, then doubled back to run her over her a second time, killing her, before speeding off to steal another car and hit another pedestrian.
The rampage began at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, according to CBS Philly, when a man in a stolen Chevy Malibu rear-ended a pair on a motorcycle in the area of Broad and Lombard streets in Philadelphia.
The 29-year-old male motorcycle driver was unscathed, while his 29-year-old female passenger had ‘bumps and bruises.’
Then, police said the same suspect sped down 15th Street toward South Street and hit a 32-year-old woman walking home with her coworker from their workplace at Steak 48 in Center City.
Her coworker was able to dive out of the way, but the woman was boxed in by parked cars. She and her coworker’s bicycle were rammed by the car as it careened down the narrow sidewalk.
The driver sped down 15th Street toward South Street and hit a 32-year-old woman walking home with her coworker from their workplace at Steak 48 in Center City. The woman was boxed in between this wall and a line of cars to her right
The Chevy used to hit the woman was found 30 miles from the fatal incident at a closed gas station in Trappe, Montgomery County.
The yet-unidentified woman and her coworker before they are pursued by the rogue car on the sidewalk
The woman flew onto the car’s windshield, per surveillance footage obtained by WPVI-TV , then went flying when the driver slammed on the gas.
The woman’s coworker was able to dive out of the way of the vehicle – the woman, however, was boxed in by parked cars, and she and her coworker’s bicycle were rammed by the car careening down the narrow sidewalk.
The woman flew onto the car’s windshield, per surveillance footage obtained by WPVI-TV, then went flying when the driver slammed on the gas.
After shooting up Bainbridge Street, the car reversed, turned back onto the sidewalk where the woman had crumpled to the ground and ran her over a second time.
Before driving north toward South Street, the driver exited the car to examine the woman’s body.
The man is shirtless and wearing gray sweatpants, per the surveillance video.
Police are currently investigating whether he was intoxicated, and whether or not the attack was targeted.
The woman was declared dead at Jefferson University Hospital just before 5 p.m., according to Fox 29.
After stealing another car, the man reportedly struck another pedestrian near Umbria and Hermitage streets in the Manayuk neighborhood. That victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Around 5 a.m., police in Trappe in Montgomery County, 30 miles away, found the first vehicle abandoned at a closed gas station. Music was blaring from the abandoned vehicle. Its windshield was severely spiderwebbed, there were scratches on the side of the vehicle’s front bumper and its driver’s side rearview mirror was dangling, according to NBC Philadelphia.
The man, suspected of the woman’s murder and the two other hit-and-runs within the span of just three hours, was caught in Collegeville in the second vehicle. Witnesses from the first two incidents reportedly gave accurate, matching descriptions of the first vehicle.
Police had not released the identities of the slain woman or the suspect by Wednesday evening. The Philadelphia police did not return a request for comment.
The corporate office of Steak 48, where the woman was employed, said in a statement that it is ‘saddened to learn of a tragic incident.’
Allie Seifert of Cashman and Associates, Steak 48’s public relations manager said, ‘Our employees are like family to us here at Steak 48. Our hearts and thoughts are with the family, friends and employees impacted by this devastating tragedy.’