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Man Charged In Hit-And-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 34-year-old  man faces multiple charges after an 8-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run in the city's Feltonville section Wednesday.

Police say Michael Finn sped away after the fatal wreck but only made it about a mile before being taken into custody. He told police he was suffering from a "diabetic episode" but there is no word on why he did not stop.

Witnesses tell police a car was speeding and weaving through traffic when it slammed into a Honda with a father and son inside at the intersection of Whitaker Avenue and Herkness Street a little after 1:30 p.m.

After the suspect broadsided the other car, he got out, checked the damage on his car on Whitaker Avenue, then speed off westbound, hitting a parked car on his way out.

Officers later found his car at Frontenac and Venango. They also say the driver took himself in another car to Aria-Torresdale hospital to be checked out.

An 8-year-old boy was transported to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children where he was pronounced dead at 2:19 p.m. and the 28-year-old driver of the Honda was rushed to Temple University's hospital is expected to be okay.

Christian Diaz lives in the neighborhood and tells Eyewitness News the sounds of screeching tires and broken glass are nothing new in this area.

"There was the same accident there, in the same spot, with a truck and a BMW, and at the light there was another one. In the past month there was two accidents, now this is the third in the past month."

Finn faces charges of accident involving death, homicide by vehicle, accident-death-no license and involuntary manslaughter.



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