Sisters struck in separate hit-and-run accidents on same day

Two young sis­ters, one from Fishtown and the oth­er from Wissi­nom­ing, were left hos­pit­al­ized by hit and run drivers in two sep­ar­ate in­cid­ents last week.

The ac­ci­dents happened barely 55 hours apart and in­volved two dif­fer­ent vehicles, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice.

On Thursday at about 2:15 p.m., a 10-year-old girl was walk­ing with a friend on the 2400 block of Mem­ph­is St. when a white GMC sport-util­ity vehicle with white cus­tom rims struck the 10-year-old. The vehicle failed to stop and fled south­bound on Mem­ph­is Street, po­lice said. No de­scrip­tion was avail­able of the driver.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders took the vic­tim to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren, where she was treated for a broken leg and fa­cial in­jur­ies, then re­leased.

On Sat­urday, at about 8:30 p.m., the vic­tim’s 14-year-old sis­ter was walk­ing along Chel­ten­ham Av­en­ue near Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue when a white, four-door sedan with tin­ted win­dows struck her. The car stopped about a half-block from the ac­ci­dent. Wit­nesses de­scribed the driver as a His­pan­ic man, who ex­ited his vehicle briefly be­fore get­ting back be­hind the wheel and flee­ing in an un­spe­cified dir­ec­tion.

The 14-year-old was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale for un­dis­closed in­jur­ies and lis­ted in crit­ic­al con­di­tion, po­lice said.

On Sunday, the fath­er of the two vic­tims told news re­port­ers that the young­er girl lives with him in Fishtown, while the older girl lives with her moth­er in Wissi­nom­ing.

To re­port in­form­a­tion about either ac­ci­dent, call the Ac­ci­dent In­vest­ig­a­tion Di­vi­sion at 215-685-3180. •• 

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