Woman, 75, fatally struck by van in Somerton parking lot, police say

A woman has died after Philadelphia police say she was struck and killed by a van in a parking lot.

The incident occurred around 12:45 p.m. Thursday on the 11600 block of Bustleton Avenue in Somerton.

Police say the victim a 75-year-old female was in the parking lot when a driver operating a Ford E-250 entered the lot at a high rate of speed. 

The woman was struck by the van, which also struck two parked cars.

She was transported to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital by responding paramedics where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The woman was walking to her car after a doctor’s appointment. She had just been at the shopping center for a hairdresser appointment earlier this week.

The driver’s son told FOX 29 his father accidentally struck the woman and somehow in the confusion hit the gas instead of the brakes, resulting in him hitting several parked cars. He adds his father has a series of medical issues.

The driver of the van is being questioned at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.  



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