On February 19, 1985 at approximately 7:15 pm, Robert PHILLIPS was riding a bicycle west bound on 127 avenue at 88 Street. Robert was riding to his friend’s house after babysitting for a family friend when he was struck from behind by a van. The driver fled the scene, leaving Robert lying on 127 avenue in the west bound lanes.
Robert was found by a passing motorist who called 911, but was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe a 1969 to 1972 Ford Econoline Van with custom orange paint and a white grille is the vehicle responsible. The photos below show the area where Robert was struck in 1985, as well as photos of the area today. A photo of a van similar to the van police believe hit Robert is also pictured.
Police are asking for your help in identifying the driver and or the owner of the van. After 29 years, Robert’s family and Police would like to bring this tragedy to a close.