April 29, 2015
Police say an 18-year-old man came forward Thursday morning and admitted his involvement in the hit-and-run of a Temple University student Wednesday night on North Park Avenue and Diamond Street in North Philadelphia, 6ABC reports.
Charges are expected to be filed soon. Police have not yet identified the suspect, who, according to investigators, has a learner's permit, not a full driver's license. Police say the suspect told them he fled the scene out of fear.
The victim, 22-year-old Rachel Hall, from Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, left, was riding her bicycle at the intersection around 7:25 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle. She was thrown from the bike and landed on the street.
Witnesses told police the driver initially tried to stop but was told by a passenger to flee the scene. At that point, the car reportedly drove off.
Hall was taken to Temple University Hospital, where she remains in critical condition. Police say she was not wearing a helmet.
Police say they recovered the silver Mitsubishi Galant early Thursday morning.
Hall, a senior, is a goalie for the women's lacrosse team. She is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. In 2014, she was named to Temple's President's Honor Roll for a second year in a row for having a GPA above 3.5., according to her bio on the university's lacrosse Web page. She's also a member of the Temple Improv Club.
At Clearview Regional High School, she was the starting goalkeeper for four years, setting records for most saves for a career, highest save percentage for a season (51.3 percent), lowest goals allowed average for a game (season and career) and most wins for a season and career.
Her father told NBC10 she hopes to become a police officer and is set to graduate next week.
The investigation is ongoing.