Last Tuesday, the family of the bicyclist who killed after being hit by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident in West Philadelphia last weekend pleaded for the driver to give himself up to the authorities.
The victim was identified as Jamal Morris, age 27, a resident in New York but live in Philadelphia after his graduation from Drexel University. He expired at the Medical Center of Penn Presbyterian at 10:10 o’clock Monday morning. The accident occurred at 3:45 o’clock in the morning of Saturday while he riding near Market and 45th Streets. His death was the result of sustained massive head trauma.
His family arrived in Philly from their residence in Warwick, N.Y., on Saturday after being informed of the accident.
A news conference ensued outside Penn Presbyterian, where mother of the victim, Channabel Latham-Morris said that her only son was a lover of life, loved church and sports.
Mrs. Morris pleaded with the person who hit her son while ensuring that he was forgiven. You need to know that you are forgiven but you have to come forward.
Twenty-seven-year old Morris graduated from Drexel in 2011 with a mechanical engineering degree. He had been employed as piping designer for Amec Foster Wheeler in Philadelphia, an international engineering and project-management firm.
Hector Charlton Morris, the victim’s father, said that his son was a very simple person who had fallen in love with Philadelphia even during college. His son came to Philadelphia to study but he never wanted to leave the city after graduation.
Police Capt. John Wilczynski who heads the Accident Investigation District said that Morris was riding a “bright red bike” when he was struck.
The captain stated that they are facing a hard case as there was no source of information 8n the absence of surveillance videos, evidence of the hit-and-run vehicle, and reliable eyewitnesses. So he said that his best option was to appeal to the conscience of the driver.
Neither the police nor his family members knew where Morris, who lived in West Philadelphia, was going that night.
Morris’ friends claimed that the victim was an avid cyclist. Morris’ freshman roommate at Drexel identified as Bill Mahon, age 27, stated that Morris was always using his bike to work or in the house. He always biked no matter how long it took – an hour or minutes. He was always hand-in- hand with his bike.
Police is requesting anyone with information on the incident to contact the Accident Investigation District at 215-685-3180 or 911.
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