Report: Dirt bike rider in Upper Darby strikes pedestrians, hijacks car at knifepoint

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A police chase through stopped traffic ended when a dirtbike struck two pedestrians in a crosswalk Saturday afternoon in Upper Darby, witnesses said. Then, they said, the driver ran from the scene on foot and hijacked a black Nissan Maxima at knifepoint. 


Upper Darby and Philadelphia police said no information about the incident was available as of 3 p.m. Saturday, including the number of people struck or their conditions.

But Charles Paris, 37, the manager at Michael’s Used Cars on Church Road in East Lansdowne, said he watched in horror as a young black man on a dirtbike sped north between two lanes of stopped traffic, with a Philadelphia Police motorcycle in close pursuit. 


“It’s like something you would see in Grand Theft Auto,” he said. “It was like any second he’s going to run head-on into one of these cars and flip into traffic.” 





Paris said other bystanders told him the police motorcycle was so close the dirt bike, the tires made contact. Later, he went about a mile up the road to the scene of the crash, on 69th Street just south of Market Street near the Tower Theater.

Eric Chen, who works at Top’s Beauty Supply on 69th Street, said he heard sirens at about 1:30 p.m. and went outside to see the motorcycle down in the crosswalk.

“There was a lot of police cars and an ambulance came in, and I saw two people lying down from afar. And one actually was taken onto the ambulance,” he said. 

A man who works at Cole’s Fine Jewelry, a few doors down, did not want to give his name but said he also saw the aftermath, including the motorcycle in the street.




“We heard the sirens and walked outside. There’s so many people here for the Tower Theater show that it’s a total zoo.”






















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