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.

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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