Cheltenham Twp. hit-and-run victim dies; search continues for driver

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November 4, 2013 9:30:26 AM PST
Action News has learned that the woman struck by a hit-and-run driver in Montgomery County on October 27th has died.

55-year-old Judy Paul was taken off life support over the weekend and passed away from her injuries a short time later.

Police are still searching for the motorist who hit her and left the scene.

Digital signs are posted where the hit and run happened in Cheltenham Township.

The 8200 block of Ogontz Avenue is a kind of commercial no man's land. Vehicles zoom by as pedestrians cross between the Shop Rite to the Septa terminal.

Some pedestrians, like Helen Garrett, wait for the traffic signals while others don't. She watches as a young woman crosses against the traffic.

"It comes through fast all the time, and see like her going across? I wouldn't do that," she said. Helen tells Action News, it happens all the time.

Police say on October 27th at 8:40 p.m., Paul, a nurse, was crossing with her husband and daughter to catch a bus. It is not clear what the signals indicated.

"They are walking across; the daughter and husband make it across, she gets hit by a 2004 to 2008 Nissan Maxima - a dark gray color," said Chief John Norris.

Police know that because the hit and run car left behind a damaged passenger side mirror. They say the driver never slowed.

Near the point of impact, a flashing sign displays an anonymous tip line number for people to call with information, 215-885-1600 ext. 7777. Cheltenham also has an anonymous email account anonymous email account.

People already have sent word about one damaged gray Maxima, but it was not the hit and run car.

"It shows people are paying attention," said Chief Norris. "People there that night, it was a lot cars lots of cars and a lot of traffic, hopefully somebody remembers something; maybe get a partial tag and give it to us."

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is being urged to call police.

Anonymous Tipline ? 215-885-1600 ext. 7777
Anonymous Email - http://www.cheltenhamtownship.org/forms.aspx?fid=86

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