"Person of interest" ID'ed in fatal hit-run

August 7, 2008 3:06:04 PM PDT
Police have new leads in the hit-and-run accident that killed 16-year old Faith Sinclair in Sharon Hill, Delaware County. "We'd love to talk to the driver, but we don't know if that will happen or not," said Sharon Hill police chief Robert Tinsley.

The owner of the car isn't saying anything and can't be forced to.

Tip callers led police to this garage in Upper Darby on Wednesday. Inside they found this black Mercedes. It has damage consistent with debris found at the scene. A missing mirror casing and chrome grill trim. It also has a dented fender and smashed windshield.

"The windshield, broken where it is, is consistent with what the witnesses said about how she flew up into the car," said Tinsley.

Police say the car belongs to 26-year old Lemuel Payne. He was last seen driving his mother's VW. It was parked outside her house in Southwest Philadelphia, where no one came to the door today.

Action news has confirmed that Payne has a record of arrests for DUI and reckless driving. His lawyer has told police to direct all questions to him, that Payne wont be talking.

Sunday night, 16-year old Faith Sinclair was run down and killed on Chester Pike. Her friends gathered at the scene today. They're glad the car allegedly involved has been found. But Faith's older brother says they won't be satisfied until the driver comes forward.

"We just want him to come forward. We want him to turn himself in. My little sister. He shouldn't have blew through the light, he shouldn't have done what he did. We just want him to come forward," said Scott Ferrell.

Experts are processing the car for clues but it won't count for much unless a witness can identify who was at the wheel when the accident occurred.

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