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May 25, 2016

Man faces charges in fatal hit-and-run in Northeast Philly

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05252016_John_Cook Source/Philadelphia Police Department

John Cook, 35, of the 4800 block of Tackawanna Street in Frankford, was charged with Homicide by Vehicle and related charges in a fatal hit-and-run in Northeast Philadelphia early Tuesday morning, police said.

A Philadelphia man was charged Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident overnight Tuesday that killed a man at Cottman and Bustleton avenues in Northeast Philadelphia.

John Cook, 35, of the 4800 block of Tackawanna Street in Frankford, was charged with Homicide by Vehicle, Involuntary Manslaughter, Causing an Accident While Not Properly Licensed and Fleeing the Scene of an Accident Where Death Results, police said.

Cook had turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning after a man was killed in a hit-and-run around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday while waiting at a SEPTA bus stop in Northeast Philadelphia, according to authorities.

The victim was identified as Alejo Molina, 50, of the 6600 block of Souden Street, who was walking home from work when he sought cover from a rainstorm under the bus stop canopy, police said. He was six blocks from home.

Molina was struck at a high rate of speed, propelling him 120 feet backwards and knocking down the bus shelter, authorities said. The Lexus skipped a bend on Bustleton Avenue and swerved into the SEPTA bus shelter, police said. 

The vehicle he was driving, a 2003 black Lexus E-300, was not owned by Cook, police said. 

Cook, as well as another male witness who was operating a dark-colored vehicle, both got out of their cars and walked up to the victim, and inspected Molina as he laid on the ground, police had said earlier.

Police said both fled the scene, with Cook abandoning the Lexus and fleeing south on foot on Bustleton Avenue and the other man getting in his car and driving away.

Police are hoping to identify the driver of the other vehicle, as well, police said. He said he was uncertain if the crash may have been the result of a street race between the two drivers.