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Man, 50, Killed Crossing Street On New Year's Day

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PHILADELPHIA -

Philadelphia Police are looking for the driver who struck and killed a Wynnefield Heights man early New Year's morning.

Police identified Patrick Coyle, 50 as the victim. They say he was hit by a silver sedan as he tried to cross City Avenue and Presidential Boulevard around 2:45am. 

The driver was last seen driving onto the eastbound ramp of I-76 near City Avenue.

"To drive off like that your are a coward" said Steve Krystopa, Coyles cousin.

Family members say Coyle was walking home from a family party in Roxborough when he tried to cross the street. He was being remembered as a family man who always had a smile on his face.

"He was always there to make you laugh. He wanted to make sure you were happy and made sure everybody was ok" said niece Samantha Coyle.

Coyle who grew up in Roxborough with this 7 siblings had a wife and 4 children.

"He loved his kids. That's all he ever talked about  and bragged about was his kids and how much he loved his kids and how he wanted them to do good in life" Krystopa said.

There are several no crossing signs posted at the intersection along with a pedestrian crosswalk over City Ave. Regardless police believe someone out there knows the driver or saw something Tuesday morning.

"We're speechless I don't understand how somebody can just hit somebody and drive away. I mean he was right outside his apartment building it's not just like he was wandering" said Samantha Coyle.

The hit and run happened right outside the Presidential City Apartments where Coyle lived and worked in building maintenance.  Investigators are urging anyone who knows the driver or saw something early New Years morning to contact Philadelphia Police.

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