ATV rider ID'd after killed in collision with car in North Philadelphia

Friday, June 14, 2024
ATV rider dies in collision with car in North Philadelphia
ATV rider dies in collision with car in North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- An ATV rider was killed after crashing into the side of a vehicle on Thursday night.

The ATV rider has been identified as 35-year-old Michael Anthony Pembleton.

It happened around 8:50 p.m. at Broad and Westmoreland streets in North Philadelphia.

According to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small, Pembleton was traveling at a high rate of speed on an ATV when he collided with a Subaru that was being driven by a 65-year-old woman.

The woman was attempting to make a legal left-hand turn at the time, police said.

Pembleton was thrown from the ATV and rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Video reportedly shows two other ATV riders doing "wheelies" before the crash occurred.

"We're getting information from those cameras that the other two quads were driving recklessly, they were actually doing wheelies," said Small. "The 35-year-old who struck the Subaru was not doing a wheelie, however, the three were together."

After the collision, police say several additional ATV and dirt bike riders showed up at the scene and started circling the 65-year-old driver before officers arrived.

No other injuries were reported.

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Small adds that this incident is another reminder of the danger of illegal ATVs on city streets.

"They're driving them at a high rate of speed. Sometimes they're doing wheelies. Sometimes they're doing doughnuts. They're going the wrong way. So it's very very dangerous and the police are cracking down," he said.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call 215-686-TIPS.