Police have filed charges against a Levittown man who allegedly committed a hit-and-run on December 19 that left a bicyclist dead.
Ali Hakan Cifter, 35, of Kentucky Lane, is facing charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle – all felonies; one misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter and summary counts of reckless driving and failure to give information and render aid.
Authorities believe Cifter was racing another vehicle down Route 13 in his 2003 Mercedes Benz AMG when he struck and killed Kevin M. Williams Sr. near Corson Street. Williams, 52, of the 700 block of Corson Street, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Cifter drove the car home, parked it in his garage and told his roommates that he’d hit a deer. Cifter’s roommate called police on December 23, telling officers the Mercedes was in his garage. Police executed a search warrant later that day and seized the vehicle. Matching parts were recovered by investigators at the crash scene.
By that time, Cifter had already left the country, flying to Serbia on December 21. Two days after fleeing the country, Cifter called Bristol Borough Police and confessed to Sgt. Peter Faight that he thought Williams jumped in front of the car and that he’d left the scene out of fear. Faight received an email the next day of his confession. Cifter told Faight that he was indeed racing another vehicle at speeds exceeding 70 mph. A witness told police that the cars were going more than 90 mph when the crash occurred.
Police said many tips were received over course of the investigation. The case has been assigned to Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James, who said he would work with federal authorities to seek to have Cifter extradited to the United States for prosecution.