Uncle Bobbie’s Staff Member Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

From a memorial for Dia Lee (via Twitter)

Dia Lee, a staff member at Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books, Philadelphia, Pa., was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver Monday. FOX 29 reported that Lee "was crossing Germantown Avenue on Culter Street around 7 p.m. when police say a speeding Tesla struck her and kept driving." Police later said the car was found Wednesday in Philadelphia, but not the driver.

Calling the death "callous and cruel," Uncle Bobbie's owner Marc Lamont Hill said Lee, who was 21, had worked at his business since it opened in 2017. "Dia was the person to cheer you up. Dia was the person to ask how you were doing. Dia was the person to offer hug if you wanted it." 

Hill noted that Lee studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University and was interested in writing, adding: "It's not for me to decide what justice looks like, but I know there is nothing fair or just about a hit-and-run where someone with such a beautiful and bright future is killed and no one is held accountable."

On Tuesday, Uncle Bobbie's posted on social media: "This is hard. We are mourning the loss of one of our beloved team members. Thank you to those who have shared kind words with us. We are absolutely heartbroken and figuring out how to begin the healing process."

The business closed for two days and reopened yesterday, noting: "None of this is easy and we don't have all of the answers. We ask that you give us grace as we won't be at our best but know we will be trying our best. Dia meant the world to us we will do what we can to honor their legacy."

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