Friday, April 06, 2012

Scofflaw Motorists Leave Injured Teenagers Behind In Northeast Philadelphia

According ot the Upper Moreland Patch a hit and run driver struck two teens - a cyclist and a skateboarder - on Tomlinson Road in the Somertom section of the city. The report notes that the cyclist was traveling eastbound adjacent to the westbound curb. The driver of the silver Honda Odyssey then swerved and struck the skateboarder in the eastbound lane.

The 15 year old on the bike was treated for minor injuries. The skateboarder's family has posted a $10,000 reward and a family friend is offering a $1,000 reward to car repair shops if they report the suspicious vehicle.

On Tuesday Night another teen on a bicycle was struck by a hit and run driver, this time at high speed. David Silva, age 17, was crossing Tyson Avenue on his bike when he was broadsided by a motorist. Police are looking for a dark colored vehicle with tinted windows and a damaged front end.

We must remain tough on drivers who flee the scene of a crash, particularly crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians which can draw less attention. One out of five motorists involved in a bicycle-car crash leaves the scene. Few of these criminals are caught. Tougher penalties and better automobile technology such as GPS tracking could go a long way to improve these numbers.

We hope for a speedy recovery for these victims.

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