Phila. man pleads guilty in fatal Delco hit-and-run

Posted: June 11, 2014

A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Monday in the Jan. 5 hit-and-run death of a 69-year-old Delaware County man who was walking his dog.

Ernest Marks, 58, of the 5800 block of Felton Street, who had a history of driver's-license suspensions and drug abuse, will be sentenced Aug. 8 before County Court Judge George Pagano.

Marks surrendered to police three days after the accident, in which Richard Patterson of Upper Darby and his dog, Baby, were killed. Marks told police he was unaware he had hit a person as he drove home along Providence Road in Upper Darby.

After striking Patterson, a retired carpenter, Marks drove about 51/2 miles along backstreets into West Philadelphia - with a front bumper dragging on the ground, a missing headlight, and vision obscured by a spiderweb pattern of damaged glass in the windshield.

Marks, a self-employed mechanic, had picked up the car from a friend to do some minor repairs, and was driving without a current license.

He pleaded guilty to accidents involving death or personal injury and to accidents involving death or personal injury while improperly licensed.


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