Philadelphia police have filed charges against 18-year-old Robert Roberts who came forward after striking a Temple University student with his car, and then promptly leaving the scene.
Roberts is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury and driving without a license, he was driving with a learners permit the night of.
22-year-old Rachel Hall was riding her bike when she was hit just after 7:30 p.m. while at the intersection of Diamond St. and Park Ave.
Roberts told police that he fled the scene after the incident because he was afraid and panicked.
Roberts’ mother and father recognized the car on television and contacted police.
Hall from Mullica Hill, N.J. Hall is a criminal justice major and expected to graduate next week.
She was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma. She is now listed in extremely critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
Temple University Vice President and Director of Athletics has put out a statement saying, “The entire Temple Athletics community, as well as the University as a whole, is in shock from last evening’s incident that has left our senior lacrosse player,Rachel Hall, in critical condition at Temple Hospital. I just met with her father and let him know that we are here to support Rachel and her family in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this trying time and our hope is to see this young woman, who was honored yesterday morning for her work in the classroom, back on her feet and holding her Temple University diploma in the near future.”
Hall’s mother will stand in Rachel’s place at Temple University’s 128th Commencement on Friday, May 8th.