A crash culminated a police pursuit along Roosevelt Blvd. in Northeast Philly. According to police report, it was around 10:30 o’clock Friday evening when officers noticed an illegal drug deal transaction in the Block 5100 of Frankford Ave.
Police was watched the business going on and finally officers apprehended one the males who struggled with the authorities and was able to flee on foot and leaped inside a Cadillac Escalade.
Police commanded the driver of the vehicle to pull over authorities witnessed how fast it took off; traveling at high rate of speed. The vehicle struck the officers and dragged four of them; as the same time injuring two.
Police called over police radio and gave a description for them to pursue the rampaging car. It was seen running at full speed along the inner lanes of the Roosevelt Blvd. just below Summerdale Ave. Upon reaching the Boulevard and Langdon, police saw the front part of Escalade crashed left side of a Honda.
As police were in pursuit, they apprehended driver of the Escalade. Police identified the driver as the male, age 24, who was trying to resist arrest that they had to use their taser.
The Honda male driver, age 25, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Medical Center of Albert Einstein and confirmed in stable condition.
The two injured officers were transported to Jeanes Hospital and were in stable condition.
Police is continuing their investigation of the accident.
Roosevelt Boulevard has always been considered one of the most dangerous thoroughfares in Philly. First week of November, a car hit a couple killing them after they were crossing the Roosevelt one Saturday morning.
The two fatalities were a male and female pedestrians were running along the north lanes just near Avenue at Borbeck at about 6:00 o’clock that morning. Authorities stated that they were hit by a Honda 1998 blue Accord.
Due to critical injuries, the man was pronounced dead at the scene while the woman expired an hour after she was admitted at the Aria-Torresdale Hospital.
Records at the PennDOT showed that for the past 5 years, there were almost 3,000 crashes with 43 dead and with 147 pedestrians. The way is prone to accidents as there are more than 100,000 drivers and many more pedestrians, riders of SEPTA and bicycle riders using the Boulevard every day. Average yearly fatalities are around 10.
A study made by the State Farm insurance ranked the Roosevelt Boulevard cross streets as the number two and three of the most deadly intersections in the country.
Citizens of Philly have been demanding DOT to create a more permanent solution to keep all pedestrians safe. They have asked the City of Philadelphia to build pedestrian bridges on Roosevelt Boulevard to save lives and prevent any future fatalities.
If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a car accident lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.
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