CENTER CITY - Police say a man is dead and a woman is injured after the driver of a speeding car lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a tree on the center median of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
According to authorities, just before 4:30 a.m. a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta was speeding westbound on Vine Street nearing 20th Street. The driver lost control of the car when he swerved to avoid traffic cones that were blocking the outer westbound lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Police say the driver struck the center median and continued across the inbound lanes before striking a tree and a pole on a median between the two inbound lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway near 20th Street.
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man, was critically injured and taken to Jefferson Hospital where he died. Police say one of three passengers in the car required medical attention but is expected to recover.
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