Northeast Times

One dead, another hurt in Bustleton crash

A mo­tor­ist trav­el­ing at high speed triggered a chain re­ac­tion crash that claimed the life of one man and dam­aged a Bustleton bank early Sunday, Phil­adelphia po­lice said.

Two men were trav­el­ing in a 2012 Volk­swa­gen south­bound on the 9400 block of Krewstown Road at 3:52 a.m. when the 23-year-old driver lost con­trol of the vehicle, crossed the north­bound side of the road, moun­ted a curb and struck a fire hy­drant, said Of­ficer Jim Brown of the Ac­ci­dent In­vest­ig­a­tion Di­vi­sion. The fire plug be­came dis­lodged and struck a parked car oc­cu­pied by a sleep­ing man, who was not in­jured.

Mean­while, the Volk­swa­gen con­tin­ued in­to the Krewstown Cen­ter park­ing lot and struck a Dump­ster, over­turned and struck a post in the drive-thru lane of a Cit­izens Bank branch. The 28-year-old pas­sen­ger died at the scene, while the driver was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale in crit­ic­al con­di­tion with un­spe­cified in­jur­ies, Brown said. Au­thor­it­ies did not re­lease their iden­tit­ies.

No crim­in­al charges were filed, but the crash re­mains un­der po­lice in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

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