Kensington hit and run suspect turns himself in to police

Philadelphia, PA – On July 22 2021, a defendant, Samuel Starks, surrendered to AID, was arrested and charged in a previous Fatal Hit-and-Run.

On June 6, 2021 at approx. 4:00 AM in the 2700 Block Kensington Ave. the victim, Lauren Panas, a 35-year-old female from the 3000 block of Cedar Street, was attempting to cross Kensington Avenue mid-block when she was struck by a passing auto that did not stop and immediately fled the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by responding Medics.

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Through investigation, the assigned AID investigators were able to locate evidence identifying and locating the striking vehicle, and ultimately identifying the operator.

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Upon completion of the investigation, an Arrest Warrant was obtained and the below defendant was charged:

Samuel Starks, 32 year-old male from the 26xx block of N Howard Street, Philadelphia.

Starks is charged with: Involuntary Manslaughter, Homicide by vehicle, Accident Involving Death, REAP, Tampering with evidence, Obstruction of Justice, Reckless Driving and Driving unsafe speed.