Man killed, grandson injured in E. Mt. Airy hit-and-run; suspect arrested

A 73-year-old man was killed and his 13-year-old grandson was injured Friday night when another vehicle allegedly sped through a stop sign and crashed into his car near the intersection of Ardleigh Street and Gorgas Lane.

The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle ran away from the East Mt. Airy scene after the 8:35 p.m. collision but were apprehended shortly thereafter.

According to police, witnesses reported that a 1996 GMC Jimmy “was traveling eastbound on Gorgas Lane at a high rate of speed” when the driver allegedly ignored a stop sign and crashed into the other vehicle.

David Wilson, 73, of the 6100 block of Morris St., was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. The passenger, a 13-year-old grandson who Wilson had just picked up at football practice, was treated for minor injuries.

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Dion Hunter, 21, of the 1300 block of Yerkes St., fled the scene but was captured about three blocks away from the collision. His 27-year-old passenger was caught along Gorgas Lane and treated at Albert Einstein Medical Center for minor injuries.

Hunter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle-DUI and related offenses, according to police.

Currently in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, Hunter’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15.

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