Surveillance footage recovered so far from the alleged hit-and-run that injured 76ers forward Kelly Oubre Jr. shows no evidence that a crash occurred at the downtown intersection where Oubre reported being shot Saturday evening, police said.
“The police department does not currently have any video or photographic evidence depicting this collision,” said Sgt. Eric Gripp, a department spokesman, said Wednesday. “We continue to work in hopes of gathering evidence and encourage anyone with information to contact our accident investigation unit.”
Two employees at businesses near the site of the reported accident told The Inquirer that they viewed about two hours of footage from that evening on their work surveillance systems and did not see the accident. They asked to remain anonymous due to the high-profile nature of the case.
Gripp stressed that the police did not accuse Oubre of anything and the investigation is ongoing. But the lack of immediate visual evidence confirming the crash on a busy downtown street raises questions about the information Oubre provided to police.
A source familiar with the matter said Oubre may not have provided specific details about where the accident allegedly took place.
Oubre is new to the area — he signed with the team on Sept. 26 and recently moved into a downtown apartment — according to the source, and he was shaken by his injuries when he gave his story to the police. The player was only sure that he was walking home when the accident allegedly happened.
In an incident report released Saturday, police said a crash occurred at 7:20 p.m. in the 1400 block of Spruce Street. A 27-year-old pedestrian, later identified by the Sixers Like Oubre, was walking west when a silver vehicle speeding in the same direction attempted to turn south onto Hicks Street and struck him in the upper chest with the driver’s side mirror. Police said medics treated Oubre at the scene and transported him to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was treated for a broken rib and injuries to his hip and leg.
These nighttime police reports contain preliminary information, often provided by a victim of a crime or accident, and new details sometimes emerge that conflict with the initial description. The Inquirer has reached out to Oubre and the Sixers for more information on the accident story.
Drafted in 2015, Oubre was acquired by the Sixers in the offseason and was a catalyst for the team’s surprisingly strong start to the season.
The team initially said Oubre was expected to miss significant time due to his injuries. But Oubre reported to the Sixers practice facility this week and had another light workout Wednesday. The team is hoping he can return within a few weeks now, rather than a few months. “He rode the exercise bike for a little while,” Nurse said Tuesday. “Then he’s okay.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.