Delco driver charged with hitting bicylist, 8, leaving scene

Posted: June 09, 2012

After a car hit the bicycle an 8-year-old girl was riding Thursday evening, leaving her bleeding and seriously injured, the driver stopped briefly, and then took off, witnesses told police.

"He just takes off without helping her," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

But armed with the witnesses' description of the red Nissan and the last four digits of the license number, Upper Darby police arrested Sukhjinder Singh, 33, of the 7200 block of Walnut Street, and charged him with aggravated assault by motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident, after they saw him run a stop sign, Chitwood said.

The girl, who was not identified, was in serious condition at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with multiple injuries, including a compound fracture of the leg, but she is expected to recover, Chitwood said.

He said police found "several empty bags" in the vehicle that evidently contained heroin, adding investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

He said Singh was driving in the unit block of Powell Street when he struck the girl about 5:30 p.m. Police patrolling the area in response to residents' complaints about vehicles' speeding and blowing through stop signs heard the screeching of tires. They then saw the Nissan go through a stop sign, and Singh was arrested at Marlborough Road and Chestnut Street.

He was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the Delaware County prison.

Chitwood said he was outraged by the incident. "To just leave someone lying ... You talk about cruel and unusual punishment," he said.

"These guys that run over people whether their children or senior citizens or whatever, in my opinion they should be jailed, and throw away the key."

Contact Anthony R. Wood at 610-761-8423 or twood@phillynews.com.

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