On July 16, an 18-year-old Pennsylvania woman was killed when a car being chased by police struck her vehicle. The crash took place in Glenolden at approximately 1 a.m.
According to local media outlets, the incident began when an officer from the Collingdale Police Department saw a Ford Escape commit a traffic violation and pulled it over near the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Chester Pike. As the officer got out of his cruiser to approach the vehicle, the driver, a 28-year-old Chester man, drove off and pulled into a nearby McDonald’s parking lot. The officer followed and tried to approach the vehicle a second time, but the driver hit the accelerator again, hitting the police cruiser as he sped away.
Soon after fleeing the officer, the driver smashed his SUV into a car at the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Oak Lane. He then ran away on foot, leaving three young children and two female passengers behind. The collision killed an 18-year-old female occupant of the car. It also left a teen male critically injured. The driver was eventually apprehended and charged with multiple offenses, including homicide by vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person, assaulting a police officer, weapons crimes and motor vehicle violations. He reportedly told authorities he was on drugs at the time of the crash.
Individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by other drivers might be owed compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other losses. The family members of an individual killed in an accident may also be eligible for compensation. An attorney may review a victim’s case and help gather evidence supporting a claim. This information might then be used as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit or as leverage to negotiate an out-of-court settlement.