Driver sought in deadly hit and run

August 4, 2009 2:33:09 PM PDT
Police continue the search for the driver of a vehicle who struck and killed a man on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia late last month.The victim, Brad Grogan, 48, of Connecticut, pushed his girlfriend out of the way before he was hit.

On Tuesday, officers said they are still looking for leads in the case.

"We're hoping to jog folks' memories right now, to jog someone's conscience," said Capt. Mike Murphy of the Philadelphia Police.

Brad Grogan, his longtime girlfriend Kristine Evans and another friend were crossing Kelly Drive north of the Fairmount Avenue intersection on July 25th around 10:30 p.m. when Grogan was hit.

Police believe the vehicle was a dark colored Jeep Wrangler with a soft top. Investigators say the Jeep would now have front-end damage.

From witness reports, it appears the driver stopped and got out of the car. He was described as a white man in his early 20's around 5'5" tall with a muscular build.

Evans remembers him as nervous when he spoke to her, but she didn't realize he was the driver at the time.

"I was standing back on the curve, and he said to me 'Who is that man to you? And I said 'That's my boyfriend,'" Evans said.

Now, Evans wants that driver to own up.

"I feel really bad for him. This was an accident. Why didn't he stay at the scene?" she said.

Evans called Grogan her "saint."

Grogan and his friends had just finished celebrating his 48th birthday at Waterworks Saturday night when he was hit.

"He was a good guy....a very good man," said Evans. She said she doesn't remember much.

"We were holding hands and Brad says 'Come on, come on' and we started to run across the street. Next thing I knew....." Evans said as she clapped her hands.

The impact hurled her boyfriend of 14 years, Brad Grogan, into the air. He flipped several times then hit the pavement.

"Just remember him on the ground. The back of his head was all bloodied."

But Evans, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, was uninjured.

She believed the man she called "Saint Brad", pushed her out of the way and saved her life.

If you have any information, you are urged to contact police at (215) 546-TIPS. There isa $3,500 reward being offered.

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