Upper Darby Twp., PA - A man police say is responsible for a deadly hit-and-run that killed a man and his dog is now in custody. The accused driver turned himself in.
"Here's an individual who should not be behind the wheel of a car."
Those words from investigators as 58-year-old Earnest Marks was lead off to jail. Police say he was the driver of a car when it plowed into 69-year-old Richard Patterson Sunday evening as the retired carpenter walked his dog "baby" to his home just a block away.
"He didn't stop because he was under suspension. His driving record over the years shows that he has had 11 motor vehicle suspensions," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
Chitwood says Marks admitted his involvement and told investigators he didn't know he hit Patterson until he saw news reports and video of his car the next day. He stashed the heavily damaged car in the 800 block of North 47th street in West Philadelphia just around the corner from his Felton Street home. He surrendered to police on Tuesday after his attorney contacted investigators.
"To say that he didn't know what he hit, but he knew he hit something is absolutely ludicrous in my mind," Chitwood added.
Detectives say Marks was traveling 50 to 60 miles per hour in a 35 mph speed zone when he struck Patterson as he crossed the street with his poodle. Patterson, a husband and father of three, was dragged 50 feet. The poodle was also killed. Marks is now charged with causing an accident involving death, driving while suspended and other counts.

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