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Arrest Made in Fatal Hit-and-Run

December 28, 2006 By:
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Enrique F. Webb
After more than two months of investigating a hit-and-run, Lower Merion Township Police arrested a man for leaving the scene of an Oct. 9 accident that killed 70-year-old Mirian Biniashvili on the Main Line.

Enrique F. Webb, 38, who resides in West Philadelphia, confessed to police on Dec. 8 that he was driving the dark-blue Chevrolet van that struck Biniashvili as he was crossing City Avenue, according to court records. Webb fled the scene because his license was currently suspended, and he had no registration or insurance for the vehicle.

Biniashvili, and his wife Tamara, had just attended daily Minchah services at Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, an Orthodox synagogue in Overbrook Park, when the Jewish man was struck. The couple, from Queens, N.Y., had been spending the Sukkot holiday with their daughter in Wynnewood.

Police gathered evidence at the scene, which led them to the suspect's uncle, and ultimately, to the van involved in the accident.

Webb is quoted in the court records as stating: "I hit a guy on City Line Avenue. He was wearing a suit, and he tried to beat me across the street."

Witnesses were unable to corroborate what happened.

There was no evidence that Webb was speeding at the time of the accident, according to police.

On 26 separate occasions from 1986 to 2005, Webb's driving privileges were suspended, according to court records. He has previously been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, speeding, driving without a license and driving under suspension.

Webb, who was arraigned on Dec. 21, could face up to 14 years in prison, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr.

Leaving the scene of a fatal accident carries a minimum sentence of one year.


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