Police: Man wanted for sex assault arrested after fatal pedestrian crash in North Philly

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police say a man wanted by the Special Victims Unit in reference to a sexual assault was involved in a fatal pedestrian crash Tuesday.

It happened around 2:45 p.m. in the 600 block of West Master Street.

A sergeant and a police officer assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit observed a known suspect that was wanted for an alleged sex assault.

That suspect identified as 36-year-old Raheem Geathers was sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle as the sergeant and officer approached him on foot and identified themselves as police officers.

Geathers recognized the sergeant and immediately mounted the sidewalk in an attempt to flee from police.

As he drove up on the sidewalk, his vehicle struck a legally parked unattended Ford Escape.

Once on the sidewalk, Geathers continued driving westbound and struck a pedestrian, causing fatal injuries.

Police say Geathers exited his vehicle and then fled on foot. The sergeant then pursued him on foot, while the officer rendered aid to the pedestrian.

After a foot chase, the sergeant apprehended Geathers.

The 63-year-old female pedestrian suffered critical injuries and she died en route to Hahnemann Hospital.

Geathers is facing involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle.

Charges for an open warrant for sexual assault are currently pending.