Police: 2 killed in Northern Liberties crash, driver arrested for DUI

Two people have died after police say a man suspected of driving under the influence lost control of his SUV in Northern Liberties early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to 5th Street and Spring Garden Avenue just after 4 a.m.

Police say a 2017 Jeep Cherokee was traveling eastbound on Spring Garden when it hit a 2011 Acura as it crossed the intersection on 5th Street.

Police investigate accident on North 5th Street and Spring Garden

The collision sent the Acura spiraling into a center median on Spring Garden Street and caused a passenger to be fatally ejected from the vehicle. The thrown passenger, who police believe is in his 50s, was not identified.

Police say another passenger, later identified as 28-year-old Steven Ortiz, was also killed in the crash.

The driver of the Acura was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition. 

According to police, the 27-year-old man driving the Jeep was transported to Temple University Hospital and later arrested for driving under the influence.

The investigation is ongoing.  

Police investigate accident at North 5th and Spring Garden.


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