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Owner of SUV Suspected in Hit-&-Run That Killed 4-Year-Old Cooperates With Police

NBC 10 Philadelphia

By David Chang and Dan StammPublished at 1:48 PM EDT on Apr 15, 2015 | Updated at 7:56 PM EDT on Apr 15, 2015

It isn’t likely that the owner of a sport utility vehicle, being investigated as the vehicle that drove off after striking and killing a 4-year-old boy, will turn herself in Wednesday.

Michael Diamondstein, the attorney for the unidentified SUV owner, told NBC10 that she had no plans to turn herself in as police continued to process her SUV.

Police told NBC10 they recovered the black Ford Edge that likely struck and killed Abdul Wilson around 9 p.m. Tuesday in an underground parking garage at Love Park after the owner of the SUV contacted police.

Diamondstein said his client was behind the wheel.

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A car owner suspected in a deadly hit-&-run that killed a 4-year-old boy and was originally expected to turn herself into police Wednesday but NBC10’s Matt DeLucia talked to her attorney and is finding out how that might change. (Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015)

“I was approached by the driver of the car,” Diamondstein said. “She was very upset about what happened. She contacted us and we contacted police. We let them know the location of the car and provided them with the keys to the car as well.”

Accident investigators weren’t ready yet to talk to the woman about Monday night’s crash near 57th Street and Florence Avenue. Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Division Capt. John Wilczynsk confirmed that they continued to process the vehicle Wednesday and didn’t expect the woman to surrender to police during that day.

Surveillance video showed Abdul walking between two cars when he was hit by a Ford Edge and knocked 15-feet into the road. The vehicle then drove over the boy as he lay helpless in the street.

“It just broke my heart,” said Raysa Cespezes, a witness. “Since he was so little it was very hard to watch.”

Philadelphia police say they’ve located the vehicle at the center of a deadly hit and run investigation. Monday night, a 4 year old child was killed when he was hit by an SUV. NBC10’s Denise Nakano has new details in the investigation. (Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015)
The driver, who police said was a woman, then fled south on 57th Street.

Abdul later died at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The boy’s mother came to the scene minutes after the accident.

“She was just crying for the baby,” Cespezes said. “It was horrible. Something I would never want anybody to go through.”

Two separate hit-and-runs have left one child dead and another in critical condition. Now, police are searching for the vehicles: a black Ford Edge SUV and a white Acura. NBC10’s Doug Shimell has more on the investigations. (Published Tuesday, April 14, 2015)
A $20,000 reward was offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

The incident occurred less than an hour before another hit-and-run in Philadelphia. In that crash a mother and her 2-year-old son were struck in the Kensington section of the city. the child remained in critical condition Wednesday.