Family of 82-year-old woman struck, killed in NE Philly begs driver to come forward

By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 3:55 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities are searching for the driver who hit an 82-year-old woman as she crossed the street in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday night, leaving her to die in the road. 

Yulia Sherman was crossing Bustleton Avenue at Hendrix Street, near Leo Mall, just after 6 p.m. when police say a dark-colored SUV struck her and took off. She was walking home from NetCost Market with a cart full of groceries.

Sherman was found unresponsive on the street with trauma to her head. Passersby were performing CPR when police arrived, but medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

“The witnesses we spoke to last night stopped because they saw her laying on the ground and they stopped to render aid,” said Capt. Mark Overwise with the Accident Investigation Division. “She was laying north of the crosswalk, but not very far.”

The family is begging the driver to come forward.

“If anybody witnessed the accident, please contact the police as soon as possible so that our family can be at peace and we can find out exactly what happened,” sobbed Alla Sherman, the victim’s daughter. “Somebody had to have seen something.

“From the bottom of my family's heart, please, please reach out to the local police.” 

Mark Ingerman, the victim’s son-in-law, said Sherman immigrated to the U.S. decades ago and embedded herself in the community, caring for everyone she met.

“She was an amazing part of this community. She immigrated from communist Soviet Russia back in 1978,” he said. “She has a beautiful, beautiful legacy.”

“Put yourself in the family's position here,” added Overwise, urging witnesses to come forward, too.

Unfortunately, Chief Inspector Scott Small said police aren’t completely sure what kind of car they’re looking for because the driver sped away so fast.

“It was possibly a dark- or black-colored vehicle,” Small said Thursday. “We're not even sure the direction that the vehicle was last seen.”

Authorities believe the car may have front-end damage.

Small said the good Samaritans who tried to help revive Sherman were interviewed by officers, but they didn’t see the car or the accident either.

Investigators are searching for surveillance video and checking local repair shops, hoping some clues come in.

Sherman is survived by two children and five grandchildren.

“We will miss her, and her grandkids will miss her,” cried Ingerman.

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KYW Newsradio's Antionette Lee and Mike Dougherty contributed to this report.