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Vehicle Theft Leads to Fatal Philadelphia Car Crash

Posted on Apr 26, 2011

April 26, 2011, Philadelphia, PA - A 19-year-old who was driving a stolen car was placed in custody and hospitalized after causing a fatal Philadelphia car crash that killed his passenger and injured 4 people, police have reported.

According to a report at Philly.com, two of the people who were seriously injured were pedestrians, a man and woman ages 84 and 79 respectively. Police said their conditions were critical after the Southwest Philadelphia accident.

The passenger who was killed has been identified as 20-year-old Kalil Sephus, who had resided in Kingsessing.

Based on police reports, shortly after 7 p.m. April 5, a stolen Acura was seen headed west in Kingsessing on Chester Avenue. The driver failed to stop at a red light and hit a car on 58th Street that was traveling northbound.

The Acura's driver lost control of the car and Sephus was thrown from the vehicle. The Acura then hit a traffic pole and pinned the two pedestrians. Another pedestrian, an 82-year-old woman, was also injured as was the driver of the other car. Police said their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver of the stolen Acura was listed as critical at Hahnemann University Hospital. The two pedestrians who were also critical were transported to the same hospital. The woman suffered a fractured leg and the man had a head injury.

The 19-year-old is expected to face multiple charges.

As a service to the residents of Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in Pennsylvania that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • single-vehicle accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers. 

If you have been named in this blog or you are the victim's family member or friend and would like the blog posting removed from our website, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly accommodate your request.

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