Crash kills pedestrian on Frankford Avenue

A Wissi­nom­ing wo­man died on Sunday morn­ing after a minivan struck her on a Frank­ford Av­en­ue side­walk blocks from her home.

The crash oc­curred at about 9:36 a.m. on the 5700 block of Frank­ford Ave. near Comly Street, said Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man. Teresa Marquard, 58, of the 6100 block of Gillespie St., and her hus­band were walk­ing north­bound in the side­walk ad­ja­cent to Wissi­nom­ing Park at the time.

A wit­ness told po­lice that a 1999 Pon­tiac Montana was trav­el­ing south­bound on Frank­ford Av­en­ue when it veered in­to on­com­ing traffic, moun­ted the curb on the north­bound side of the street and struck Marquard be­fore hit­ting a tree. Po­lice said that the wo­man screamed and pushed her hus­band out of the way as the van ap­proached the couple.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders found the vic­tim ly­ing on the side­walk. She was bleed­ing from the head and legs and was un­re­spons­ive. They took her to Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, where she died at 10:01 a.m.

Ac­cord­ing to a pub­lished re­port, which cited an uniden­ti­fied po­lice source, the driver of the van was a 33-year-old man. He was taken to Hahne­mann and lis­ted in crit­ic­al con­di­tion.

Po­lice con­tin­ue to in­vest­ig­ate the crash and have filed no crim­in­al charges against the driver, O’Bri­en said. •• 

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