Police Arrest Driver in Washington D.C. Hit-and-Run that Killed Philadelphia Man


Authorities have apprehended the hit-and-run motorist believed to have struck and killed a Philadelphia man in Washington, D.C. while attempting to evade Secret Service. Thursday, United States Park Police officials arrested 33-year-old Benjamin Robertson from Washington, D.C. He was charged with second-degree murder.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on July 12 at the intersection of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue near the National Mall, officers attempted to stop Robertson for an expired registration, according to the U.S. Secret Service.

Robertson, according to authorities, indicated that he would halt, but then fled quickly southbound on 17th Street Northwest. Then, Robertson allegedly ran a red light and struck Bing Wong, 75, and a 13-year-old girl, before fleeing the scene.

Wong was transported to the George Washington University Hospital, where he died. When he was fatally injured, he and his two daughters were on a trip to the area.

The 13-year-old sustained minor abrasions and was treated at the scene, according to park police. Shortly after the accident, Action News spoke with Wong’s family, who described him as a gentle soul with a big heart.

Hit-and-Run Suspect in DC was Retired Chef

Photo by: Wong Family via FOX5DC

They said that Wong was a retired chef who had overcome prostate cancer. The Wong family spoke with Action News for a second time on Thursday evening, hours after receiving the news they had been anticipating for nearly two weeks. Christine Wong, the victim’s daughter, stated of the arrest, “He should be held accountable for what he did.” Christine described how the community mourned her father’s passing.”

As the Wongs continue to grieve, they express relief that the suspect is no longer on the loose. Christine said, “I do not wish this tragedy on any other family because it is so painful.” In memory of Bing Wong, his family is collecting donations for the Double Care Adult Day Center in Northeast Philadelphia, where he spent each week. According to police, the 13-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Source: 6abc News, CBS News

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