Police locate truck sought for fatal hit-and-run in Parkside; search for driver continues

Chopper 6 was over the scene after police located the vehicle on Friday afternoon.

Friday, July 22, 2022
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A pickup truck that was being sought after a fatal hit-and-run in the Parkside section of Philadelphia has been located.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A pickup truck that was being sought after a fatal hit-and-run in the Parkside section of Philadelphia has been located.

Chopper 6 was overhead as police surrounded a dark-colored pickup truck at Belmont Avenue and Thompson Street late Friday afternoon.

Police are still looking for the driver.

The hit-and-run happened around 1 a.m. Friday on 52nd Street near Wyalusing Avenue.

Responding officers and medics found the 28-year-old male victim lying on the sidewalk with a head injury and possibly two broken legs.

He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for surgery. Police say the victim died of his injuries just after 4:30 a.m.

The victim has been identified as Nyier Cunningham.

"Anyone that knew Nyier, Nas, he was himself, unique and that's what...I'm done," said J.P., Nyier's father.

J.P. was at a loss for words when speaking with Action News, as he's still processing what happened to his son, who was so close to making it home.

After striking Cunningham, the truck made a U-turn and made a left on Thomson Street, two blocks away from the accident.

Police found the bicycle at the scene, along with the victim's sneakers.

"He was hit with such force that he was knocked out of his sneakers even though he was riding a bike," Small said.

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Authorities believe speed may have played a role.

"He didn't deserve that and especially for someone to keep going," J.P. said.

Investigators also found parts of a vehicle at the scene they believe may be from the striking pickup truck.

"It's shocking, nothing I can say. The person that left the scene could come and turn themselves in, right now that's the best thing that could happen," said J.P.

Action News spoke with J.P., the father of Nyier Cunningham.