Police step up search in deadly hit-and-run in Collingdale

Watch the report from Action News' Vernon Odom
March 10, 2014 3:30:49 PM PDT
Authorities stepped up their search Monday for the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a grandfather in Collingdale, Delaware County.

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Spruce Street

Police say 57-year-old Timothy McCaughan, a father of three and grandfather of two, was struck by a vehicle as he walked across Clifton Avenue on his way to visit a friend.

"The witness behind the vehicle said that after the person struck him, he got out of the car, looked at the victim, said a few choice words then got back into the car and fled on Clifton Avenue," said Chief Robert Adams, Collingdale Police Department.

McCaughan was taken to Crozer Chester Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

"He was a great guy," said Chris McCaughan.

McCaughan mourns the loss of his brother.

"I'm just numb. He has no respect for human life. Turn yourself in, just turn yourself in. You ruined a lot of lives," he said.

Police are now on the hunt for both the suspect and the striking vehicle. Investigators are looking for an early 2000s model, light colored Chevy Suburban with rectangular headlights. The SUV was photographed by a surveillance camera and also by a witness at the scene.

They say the SUV may have damage to the orange plastic light assembly on the front end.

The suspect is described as a light skinned African-American or Hispanic male over 6 feet tall with a stocky build, close-cut full beard and short curly hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Collingdale Police 610-586-0502.

The victim leaves behind his wife, Barbara, and three children, Matt, Tim and Amber who's serving in the military.

"It shouldn't have gone like this. For someone to hit him like that and get out of the car and see what he did then take off. It wasn't a dog that he hit, it was human being, it was a man," said McCaughan. "He's going to so missed. He's really going to be missed," his wife Barbara told Action News. "It isn't fair. Another good guy goes."

The family is hoping the hit and run driver has a change of heart and comes forward or that someone will turn him in to police.

"I'm sure the guy was probably scared," the victim's son said. "But still, the damage is done. Now we're the ones that have to deal with it. So I feel like we should have some sort of closure to it."


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