Pair of Blvd. crashes hospitalize four

A pair of single-vehicle crashes on Roosevelt Boulevard last week­end left four people hos­pit­al­ized, one driver fa­cing DUI charges and po­lice on the hunt for an­oth­er driver sus­pec­ted of hit-and-run.

One out-of-con­trol minivan struck a wo­man out­side of a Felton­ville motel, po­lice said. The 49-year-old vic­tim was stand­ing in front of the Days Inn near Gar­land Street at about 11:05 p.m. Sat­urday when a south­bound van veered off the high­way and over a curb, strik­ing the wo­man. The im­pact launched the wo­man 15 feet and caused head trauma, a broken leg, a rup­tured spleen and oth­er in­tern­al in­jur­ies, po­lice said. She was hos­pit­al­ized in crit­ic­al con­di­tion at Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter. Her name was not re­leased.

The way­ward vehicle also struck a fence out­side the motel and stopped there briefly, be­fore leav­ing the scene in an un­known dir­ec­tion, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness. Po­lice did not re­lease a de­scrip­tion of the driver or a tag num­ber, but de­scribed the vehicle as a tan minivan, pos­sibly a 2009 Chevy Ven­ture.

At about 3:30 the fol­low­ing morn­ing, a second crash in­jured three young men, in­clud­ing one who will face DUI charges, po­lice said.

A wit­ness told in­vest­ig­at­ors that he saw a Ply­mouth Neon trav­el­ing north­bound in the out­er lane of the Boulevard near Wood­haven Road when the car struck a curb, crossed the high­way, moun­ted a grassy me­di­an and struck a tree. The car then burst in­to flames.

Two 18-year-old pas­sen­gers were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale in crit­ic­al but stable con­di­tion, while the 20-year-old driver was taken to the same hos­pit­al in un­spe­cified con­di­tion. Their names were not re­leased. The driver will be charged with DUI and re­lated of­fenses, po­lice said. •• 

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