Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Killed During Crash In Philadelphia’s Somerton Section


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A tragic crash happened in Northeast Philadelphia. An off-duty Philadelphia police officer going home from work was killed in a violent crash Thursday night.

Officers described the scene as a t-bone accident with tragic results. They say a BMW was heading south on Bustleton Avenue when it collided with the passenger side of a Hyundai sedan.

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The crash ultimately killed the driver of that Hyundai.

Officers responded to this two car crash just before midnight on Thursday.

When they got to the scene, they found a 50-year-old man unconscious in his Hyundai sedan.

They say his car was hit on the passenger side by a BMW driven by an 18-year-old, who also had a 16 and a 17 year-old in the car at the time.

Right after the two cars collided, police say the BMW jumped the curb and hit a tree.

Incredibly, none of the three teens in that BMW suffered any injuries in this crash.

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However, the 50 year-old in the Hyundai was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

We later learned that the 50 year-old victim is a Philadelphia police officer with nearly three decades of service.

Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Killed During Crash In Northeast Philadelphia

“We know that this off-duty police officer, who had just got done work, is 50 years of age and he has 27 years with the police department, so this is a real tragedy,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “He was driving home from work and he was just a few blocks from his home when this accident occurred.”

Witnesses told police the BMW was traveling at a very high rate of speed before the crash.

Police aren’t sure if the 18 year-old driver ran a red light, but based on the damage  to both vehicles, they also believe the car may have been speeding.

Police say the 18 year-old driver did not appear to be impaired, so they were released and are not facing any charges right now.

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But that could change depending on what the investigation finds.



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