Fatal accident on Grant Ave.

Po­lice sus­pect that ex­cess­ive speed played a role in a one-car crash that claimed the life of a teen­age girl and crit­ic­ally in­jured a 19-year-old man in Bustleton early Sunday.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at 3:44 a.m. on the 1500 block of Grant Ave., said Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man. The young man was be­hind the wheel of a 1995 Ford Ex­plorer trav­el­ing east­bound on Grant when he failed to ne­go­ti­ate a turn, crossed in­to the west­bound lane, scaled a curb and struck a tree, Rus­sell said.

The 17-year-old girl was sit­ting in the front pas­sen­ger seat and suffered un­dis­closed in­jur­ies. She was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The driver was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale in “ex­tremely crit­ic­al” con­di­tion for treat­ment of un­dis­closed in­jur­ies, Rus­sell said.

Po­lice have not re­leased the iden­tit­ies of either per­son in the Ex­plorer. One broad­cast re­port quoted a re­l­at­ive of the girl, who iden­ti­fied her as a seni­or at North­east High School. •• 

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