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Driver flees scene of fatal crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia’s Oxford Circle section


A man who crashed a car on Roosevelt Boulevard, killing his passenger, pulled the woman’s body out of the vehicle through the sunroof before he attempted to remove the license plate and fled the scene on foot, police say.

The crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. near the intersection with Devereaux Avenue in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia, 6ABC reported. The Toyota Scion was flipped onto the driver side when police arrived on the scene.

They found the 34-year-old female passenger laying on the asphalt with severe head trauma., authorities say. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police the vehicle was speeding and swerving when it jumped the center median, hit a light pole and flipped onto its side. They saw the driver, a 22-year-old man, climb out through the sunroof and pull the woman out of the car.

He then tried and failed to remove the car’s license plate, covering it in blood, before he fled the scene on foot, authorities say.

Investigators found identification for both the driver and the passenger in the vehicle and expect to make an arrest soon, CBS3 reported. They hope the boulevard’s speed cameras will aid their investigation.

Authorities are investigating another car-related death that happened in Germantown about an hour earlier, 6ABC reported.

Police say a 25-year-old man was shot in the chest near the intersection of West Apsley and Green streets. They believe he was able to get into a parked Nissan and close the doors before he died, as that’s where his body was found.

Investigators are questioning a 21-year-old person of interest who arrived at Temple University Hospital with gunshot wounds a short time later. They say he’s been uncooperative.



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