Hit-and-run turns deadly in Philadelphia

March 25, 2008 4:32:08 PM PDT
The man who was hit by a car as he crossed Fox Street last Wednesday night has died. Police and the family of 68-year-old Stafford Charles want help finding the driver.

"It's really going to be difficult to have to look out there," said Lynette Draper about looking out her living room window.

She sees the place her companion, Stafford Charles, was hit by a driver who did not stop to help him.

"They left him out there to die to me," she said.

Surveillance video shows Charles walking toward the street near the Valero gas station at Fox and Abbottsford last Wednesday as he walked home. It was 7:40 p.m. A car comes into the picture, striking Charles, and then continuing on its way. No brake lights are ever seen in the video.

Lynette, at home at the time, heard the sound of the impact.

"I said, 'Somebody got hit real bad. I know they're not gonna live,'" she explained.

Stafford was rushed in critical condition to the hospital where he died four days later on Easter morning.

News of the tragedy hit hard at the Allegheny restaurant, where the beloved grandfather, known as Stan to friends, worked for two decades after retiring from his day job at the Ford motor company. He was known here as a good worker and a warm soul.

"He was just a great guy. He will be missed. I hope they find who did this to him. I don't know how they sleep with something like that on their conscience," said one of Charles' co-workers.

The car is thought to be a 2000 - 2001 silver Chrysler Concorde. It may have a dented hood and busted windshield.

This is all difficult for Charles' family. His son was fatally stabbed last July. His daughter died of an illness a few months later.

To get through this painful time, Charles' loved ones are holding onto faith and good memories.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are urged to contact Accident Investigations at 685-3180, 3181 or the TIP line at 686-TIPS (8477).