1 dead in crash at Del. Co. Hospital

August 14, 2009 8:57:44 PM PDT
A 19-year-old girl is dead after an out-of-control car slammed into an Upper Darby Township hospital.Action News has learned that two vehicles were involved in an accident around 11:15 a.m.

Police say the driver of the car was using her iPod when she hit two pedestrians, before slamming into the Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

Police say 20-year-old Rachel Jenkins remembers little of this crash, only that she was playing with her iPod and the next thing she knew the airbags were in her face. There's no indication she hit the brakes before striking and killing 19-year-old Nicole Gallo and critically injuring her friend 20-year-old Christine Bochanski, who were on the sidewalk.

"It's mindboggling to think that two young ladies' lives are destroyed because she's playing with her iPod," Supt. Michael Chitwood of the Upper Darby Police said.

Jenkins' car finally lodged in between the wall of Delaware County Memorial Hospital and a tree.

Jenkins walked away, but she could face charges as police investigate further.

"They've taken blood from her. We are in the process of getting a search warrant for her vehicle," Supt. Chitwood said.

Chitwood adds these inattentive accidents are on the rise, as more drivers distract themselves with electronic devices like cell phones and iPods.

"There's no reason for this to happen, other than lack of attention and inattentiveness and stupidity," Chitwood said.

Bochanski has been upgraded to stable condition.

Police say Jenkins did not look to be intoxicated. Her blood results are expected to be in next week.


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