Man struck, killed along Roosevelt Blvd. ID'd

May 9, 2011 2:46:10 PM PDT
Police have identified the young man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the Roosevelt Boulevard.

Martin Xol, 22, of the 7300 block of Russell Street, was hit around 1:45 a.m. in the outer southbound lanes of the Boulevard at Fifth Street in the Olney section of the city.

The driver who hit Xol did not stop at the scene.

The accident was witnessed by a SEPTA driver. According to SEPTA, witnesses told police the driver had a right-of-way. Still, the driver committed a crime by fleeing.

Police are looking for what could be a black, four-door sedan with heavy front end damage and broken windshield wipers.

The intersection was closed for several hours while officers searched for evidence.

Investigators are looking for surveillance video in the area, and are calling on anyone who saw the incident to contact them at 215.686.TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at the Philadelphia Police Department's website.

Meanwhile, people who live in the area say this hit-and-run is tragic, but not surprising. They've been working to get cameras put up after several people other people have been hit.

"They're always trying to catch these lights and increasing speed," said Wallace Coward. "If we had the photo-light cameras, it would really cut down on accidents here."

"You can even sometimes see on the corners tire marks, on the corner itself," said Catherine Rivera.