A man in his late 60s was struck and seriously injured by a hit and run driver early today as he was purchasing a copy of the Sunday Inquirer.

Police said the incident occurred at the intersection of 29th and Dauphin Streets at around 6:30 a.m.

The man, who was attempting to purchase a paper from a street hawker, was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Police declined to identify the victim.

``They were standing so close together that the hawker could have been hit, too,'' said Greg Keeley, a street sales supervisor for the Inquirer. He said the victim was a regular customer, who often stopped to chat with the hawker for a while after buying the paper.

Keeley said the car, which the hawker identified as a gray Mazda, was traveling south on 29th Street at a high rate of speed at the time of the accident occurred.

The car sped away and there have been no arrests.

Chris Mondics