Police: Speeding driver dies in Mayfair collision after going through red light

The driver of the Acura was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Police: Speeding driver went through red light in fatal Mayfair crash
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Police say the driver of a 2004 Acura was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and went through a red light.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- One man was killed and two others were injured after a collision in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.

It happened around 4:47 a.m. Tuesday on the 6600 block of Frankford Avenue, between Unruh Avenue and Rowland Avenue.

Accident investigators say an officer was responding to a report of a theft when the 39-year-old driver of a 2004 Acura came flying out of a side street then went speeding down Frankford Avenue.

Police say the driver was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and went through a red light.

The Acura then struck a Nissan that was traveling southbound on Frankford Avenue and then hit a pole.

The driver of the Acura was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

His male passenger and the 60-year-old male driver of the Nissan were both taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in stable condition.

Police aren't sure why the driver of the Acura was speeding or whether he had anything to do with the reported theft because they didn't find any evidence that a crime had actually been committed.

Police say the passenger in the crashed vehicle has not shared any details about why they were traveling so fast.

Businesses in the area want drivers to slow down.

Yusef Adekambi's pharmacy was spared twice in two weeks time by light poles, which prevented cars from crashing into the storefront.

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