Fatal crashes claim two

Two people died on area ex­press­ways last week­end in a pair of un­re­lated crashes.

The first oc­curred on Fri­day at about 11:50 p.m. when a tract­or-trail­er struck a North­east man as he walked along the north­bound lanes of In­ter­state 95 near the Al­legheny Av­en­ue in­ter­change, Pennsylvania State Po­lice said.

Au­thor­it­ies iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Ger­ald Mar­tin, 65, of an un­dis­closed block of Le­onard Street. He died at the scene. State po­lice did not say why he was on foot on the lim­ited-ac­cess high­way.

The strik­ing vehicle was a 2006 Pe­ter­built re­gistered to Ward Ben­nett III, 46, of Lum­ber­ton, N.J. The truck did not stop at the scene. Wit­nesses helped au­thor­it­ies identi­fy it. State po­lice an­nounced the iden­ti­fic­a­tion and con­fis­ca­tion of the truck shortly be­fore noon Sunday. No crim­in­al charges had been filed on Tues­day.

At about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, a one-car crash on Wood­haven Road, near the Knights Road exit, claimed the life of a wo­man. The vic­tim was be­hind the wheel of a 2005 Hy­undai Tuc­son trav­el­ing east­bound when she lost con­trol of the vehicle, which struck a guard­rail and rolled down an em­bank­ment, Phil­adelphia po­lice said.

She died at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale shortly be­fore 5 a.m. Au­thor­it­ies did not dis­close her iden­tity. ••

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