PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian on the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.
The impact of the crash was powerful enough to knock the 69-year-old woman, identified as Alberine Bowen, out of her shoes when she was hit while walking along the Boulevard near Cottman Avenue at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night.
The victim was unconscious when police arrived and officials said she is currently in critical condition.
"Ms. Bowen had not only been struck, but she had been thrown to such a degree, that she was thrown over the fence that was along the left lane and landed in the grassy median," said Captain Mark Overwise.
The victim suffered a broken left leg, punctured lung and severe head trauma.
She was not using the crosswalk.
"We have a wig we believe she was wearing. We also have her purse that has identification and a bag of some groceries with some food missing, so I believe she was carrying those food items when she got hit," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Witnesses said the vehicle that hit her was dark in color, possibly black.
Police found a mirror from the vehicle at the scene. The driver did not stop following the impact.
Police are encouraging that person to turn himself or herself in.
"It may have been an accident," said Small. "But if the person struck her is aware of what happened or sees it on the news, they should call police. Just contact 911, that's the best thing to do."
Investigators are interviewing witnesses to the crash.
Police are looking through video from surveillance cameras from businesses in the area in an effort to help track down the driver.
Police are asking the public to look out for a dark-colored car with damage to the windshield, hood and left mirror. Any tips are welcomed.
Woman critical following hit-and-run on Roosevelt Boulevard