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UPDATE: Hit & Run Driver Arrested Thanks to Uber Driver's Tip

Hailed a hero for spotting the killer car and reporting it to police.


Ulysses Coto sees lots of things while he's driving for Uber, but when he saw a car parked for a couple of days in a remote corner of the lot outside an apartment building he got suspicious.

Good thing.

Police were looking for a car just like it in connection with a hit and run in Penn Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh, that killed a 51-year old man.

"Something just seemed odd about that car," Ulysses told KDKA radio's Lynne Hayes Freeland, who broke the news on her show. "Something in me subconsciously just thought about that hit and run incident and when I was parked next to the vehicle I just decided to just get out and look at it a little bit more because I saw it a few days ago and it didn't click."

"Like they say you see something, say something." Ulysses Coto

Ulysses saw that the hood and bumper on the passenger side of the silver-blue Saturn sedan were damaged, and the windshield was shattered. He told Lynne he took a couple of pictures just in case, then called police.

Uber driver noticed a car matching a hit-and-run parked for days in this parking lot.

Sure enough the car is the one that hit and killed 51-year-old Joseph Morris as he walked home from work April 28.

Police have identified the owner of the car, Modesty Hopper, but so far she won't tell them the name of the man who was driving it when Morris was hit. If you know who he is, there's a reward for information leading to his arrest. Call police at 1-833-ALL-TIPS

Ulysses hopes they'll catch him. "That person's going to get whatever they're due," he said. "Even thought it's not case-closed yet, he's happy he spotted the car and did the right thing. "I"m really glad because that gives closure to that person's family.

UPDATE: Police have arrested 21-year old Surron Burch and charged him with vehicular homicide. WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh reports that texts between Burch and Hopper lead them to make the arrest. Hopper is charged with obstruction.

(Image: KDKA Radio )

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