Hit and run outside NE nightclub leaves eight women hospitalized

Eight wo­men were hos­pit­al­ized after a sport-util­ity vehicle plowed in­to them as they stood in the park­ing lot of a Bustleton nightclub early Sat­urday.

In­vest­ig­at­ors are try­ing to identi­fy the mo­tor­ist who fled the scene in a dark-colored or sil­ver Jeep, leav­ing two vic­tims in crit­ic­al con­di­tion and six oth­ers in need of med­ic­al at­ten­tion. The in­cid­ent oc­curred at about 2:51 a.m. out­side Stu­dio 98 at 9859 Bustleton Ave., po­lice said. The nightclub has an after-hours li­quor li­cense and is in a strip mall less than a block from the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict sta­tion.

Po­lice be­lieve that the mo­tor­ist was in­volved in a fight in­side the club. The al­ter­ca­tion also in­volved sev­er­al oth­er wo­men and spilled in­to the park­ing lot. Hos­til­it­ies seemed to sub­side when someone sprayed Mace in­to the air, said po­lice, who cited state­ments by the vic­tims. That’s when the SUV struck the vic­tims. The vehicle was last seen trav­el­ing north­bound on Bustleton Av­en­ue.

The vic­tims were wo­men ran­ging in age from 20 to 25 years. Two wo­men, ages 21 and 25, were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale in crit­ic­al con­di­tion. The 25-year-old was later up­graded to stable con­di­tion, but the 21-year-old re­mains in crit­ic­al and has been trans­ferred to Uni­versity of Pennsylvania Hos­pit­al. The six oth­er vic­tims were all lis­ted in stable con­di­tion ini­tially and were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale or Naz­areth Hos­pit­al.

Wit­nesses de­scribed the mo­tor­ist as a black wo­man wear­ing a black dress or body suit, po­lice said. No fur­ther in­form­a­tion has been re­leased. ••

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