Philadelphia Deadly Crash: Teenager killed after being hit by stolen SUV driven by half-naked man in West Philly, police say

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A 16-year-old man was killed after being struck by an SUV being driven by a half-naked man in West Philadelphia late Wednesday night, police said.

Investigators said the 27-year-old suspect may have been disabled and at the wheel of a stolen Toyota Highlander when he encountered the teenager and a 20-year-old man around 11 p.m. in the area of ​​North 44th and Parrish Streets.

According to police, one of the victims was dragged about 100 feet.

“We believe speed played a role because we found debris covering an area approximately 300 feet from the attacking vehicle,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “One of the pedestrians was thrown out of his sneakers. We found a cell phone and lots of debris from the striking vehicle.”

Police said the 911 calls were inundated with reports of an accident that left people injured.

Officers later learned the Highlander was reported stolen in Cheltenham Township just before the crash at around 10:15 p.m

The 16-year-old sustained serious injuries all over his body as a result of the impact. The teenager was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The 20-year-old suffered a broken leg.

Investigators said the driver was still behind the wheel when he arrived.

“When they got him out of the vehicle he was completely naked from the waist down, which is very unusual for driving a vehicle naked from the waist down,” Klein said. “That’s also one of the reasons why we think he may have been impaired. Also by the way he was behaving and I believe the officers smelled alcohol emanating from him and the vehicle.”

Small said investigators are awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

The driver is also charged with crashing into three parked cars along the 800 block of N. 44th Street after hitting the two pedestrians.

The bumper flew off a car and the trunk was smashed after the impact.

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