PHILADELPHIA — Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, Philadelphia recorded its first homicide happening. It was the first of many incidents keeping police busy this morning.
At about 2:45 Tuesday morning, the victim was crossing the northbound lanes of City Avenue, near Presidential Boulevard when he was hit by a vehicle. The driver did not even stop but continued on its way. The fatality was later identified by the police as 50-year-old Patrick Coyle, resided and worked at the Presidential City Apartments.
By nightfall, police continued to ask for the public’s help in identifying a hit and run driver.
Now the victim’s family wants answers.
Steve Krystopa said that he worked with his cousin, Coyle, on New Year’s Eve only to learn on New Year’s Day, Coyle was a victim to a hit and run driver over night. He said he was sad, shocked and angry at the same time.
According to police, the driver was traveling northbound on City Avenue when Coyle was hit and the driver kept going. We are told, two eyewitnesses including a medical student did stop and came to Coyle’s aid but the injuries were so severe that Coyle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Krystopa explained that Coyle was such a good person, he was loved by everybody who were all devastated by his demise.
Coyle comes from a large family with 8 brothers and sisters who operate Coyle’s Café on Ridge Avenue. But Coyle made a living as a maintenance technician at the Presidential City Apartments and by all accounts, was a loving and caring individual who always had a smile on his face.
Krystopa added that they want the driver to come forward so the family will be able to know what really happened and made a closure of the tragedy.
The police was able to get a description of the car; it is a silver sedan, possibly a Nissan which was last seen heading onto the ramp towards the Schuylkill Expressway, Lincoln Drive, and the Roxborough-Manayunk area.
Meanwhile, police have their hands full investigating two additional crashes they considered alcohol related. One single-car crash occurred in Henry Avenue around 12:30 in the morning. the other happened at Mascher and Tabor an hour later. Five people were injured and one of them critically when a car crashed into a pole.
There are also at least three homicides so far in this New Year, all shootings. Two of them involved teenagers — one in the Cobb’s Creek section of the city, the other in Nicetown.
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