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Upper Darby Police Seek Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A 69-year-old man and his dog were killed in the crash.

Upper Darby police are searching for the driver of this vehicle, which allegedly struck and killed a man and his dog. Credit: Upper Darby police.
Upper Darby police are searching for the driver of this vehicle, which allegedly struck and killed a man and his dog. Credit: Upper Darby police.

Upper Darby police seek the public's help in identifying the driver whose vehicle struck and killed a 69-year-old man and his dog.

On Sunday at 5:07 p.m., Upper Darby police responded to 911 reports of a pedestrian struck on Providence Road near Arbor Lea Road in the Hilldale section of the township. 

Arriving officers found a 69-year-old man and his dog dead in the middle of the roadway. The victim was surrounded by crash-related debris. Two witnesses reported to police that a white, mid-sized sedan fled the scene on Providence Road toward Hilldale Road. 

The victim was identified as Richard Patterson, 6ABC reports

The front end of the vehicle that struck Patterson had significant damage that included a hanging bumper, police said. 

Crash debris recovered from the scene indicated that the vehicle was missing a section of a front headlight. Video recovered from nearby cameras, and paint chips from the scene, confirms the vehicle's color and shows the vehicle turning off of Providence Road onto South Lansdowne Avenue and then onto Lincoln Avenue in Yeadon Borough.

Police on Monday released a photo of the vehicle, and said in a news release:

"If you see this vehicle or know someone who owns such a vehicle that now is not usually where it is parked, please contact UDPD at 610-734-7677 with any information no matter how insignificant that you may think it is, it may be the one key piece of evidence to solve this crime. If you were traveling in the area and saw this vehicle with the bumper coming off, let us know the last place you saw it."

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