Hit and run suspect, 75, surrenders

July 30, 2009 3:36:53 PM PDT
The 75-year-old suspect in the hit and run of a teenager turned herself into police Thursday afternoon.An arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Suzanne Lammers earlier in the day, and her lawyer agreed to bring her in to the police headquarters in Ardmore.

Police identified Suzanne Lammers from Villanova as their suspect after a tip caller, a neighbor, lead them to her home and her gold 2002 Volvo station wagon.

A search warrant obtained by Action News shows that blood and hair that may belong to the victim were in that car.

Lower Merion police had the vehicle towed to their headquarters for processing. It had a tremendous hole on the passenger side of the windshield.

The hit and run accident happened back on July 15th on New Gulph Road in Bryn Mawr. A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after being hit, suffering from a broken leg and head injuries. He is now recovering at home. His family had not comment after Lammers' surrender.

On Thursday afternoon Clarence Diffenderffer, a friend of Lammers, arrived to post her bail, 10% of $50,000.

"She did not see what she did. She thought it was a deer, and she made a bad decision," Diffenderffer said. "She pulled into Bryn Mawr College, looked back and saw a bunch of cars and people and when she heard the police sirens she made the worst decision of her life."

He went on to say Lammers does not have a working television, and doesn't read the newspaper, and that's why she didn't know that police were looking for her.

Police may have never found the car had it not been for an anonymous tip. Police say they found it in a garage belonging to a home in the 1600 block of Hepburn Drive, a secluded out of the way nook off a main road.

Neighbors say the owner was not at home when police found the car in her garage. According to the search warrant, the hole in the windshield was covered by a blue blanket.

Neighbors also say they recently saw Lammers using a pickup truck for the past few weeks, instead of the car. Police say Lammers told them she was the only driver of the car.

Diffenderffer said Lammers had no idea she hit a child until police showed up at her home two days ago.

"She regrets it. She's been throwing up, she hasn't eaten in three days," he said.

He goes on to say they're hoping to make amends.

"We're sorry as heck about what happened, and we'd like to do everything in our power to make amends to this young man," Diffenderffer said.

Investigators originally believed the driver was a woman about 30-40 years old.

Lammers is facing two charges, including leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, which is a third-degree felony.