A 12-year-old girl was critically injured in South Philadelphia on July 19 when the car she was in was broadsided by a drunken, unlicensed teen driver who fled the scene on foot. According to this article in the Philadelphia Daily News, the car accident in Philadelphia occurred at 10th and Bigler streets when a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by a 19-year-old of West Philadelphia ran a red light and smashed into a Hyundai Elantra, two parked cars, and a fence surrounding a football field.
The teen driver was able to free himself from his car and subsequently ran, but was captured shortly after.
A witness said the driver’s side of the impacted car was smashed in and that firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the operator.
According to the article, the driver of the Hyundai Elantra, who is in his 50s, and an adult female passenger in the car, were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
A 12-year-old girl in the car was not as lucky. She suffered critical internal injuries and several broken bones. She remains in critical condition since the accident.
The under-aged teen driver who caused the accident by running the red light was found to be intoxicated and is not licensed to drive.