N.E. Phila. man, 67, killed in a hit-and-run accident

Posted: September 15, 2007

A 67-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard early yesterday, police said.

Joseph Courtney of Northeast Philadelphia was in a crosswalk near Oxford Street about 2:10 a.m. when he was struck by a burgundy van heading north.

The driver pulled the van into the parking lot of a nearby gas station before driving away, according to several witnesses.

Police said they arrested the driver after a tip from a witness. He was identified as Luis Aristizabal, 59, of Ditman Street in Northeast Philadelphia. He was charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

Courtney was taken to Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. He had sustained multiple head injuries and severe body trauma, police said.

Roosevelt Boulevard has long been considered one of Philadelphia's most dangerous streets. More than 60 people died in accidents along it from 2001 through 2005, according to police and state transportation officials.


Contact staff writer Ashwin Verghese at 215-854-2771 or averghese@phillynews.com.

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