NBC10.com - Katy Zachry
A Northeast Philadelphia High School senior was killed this morning when her friend's SUV overturned and crashed into a tree. The teenage driver was rushed to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition tonight. Police say the passenger--17 year old Utah Izvuk died at the scene.
A teen girl is dead and a teen boy injured after a car accident in the Bustleton section of the city.
It happened Sunday around 4 a.m. near the intersection of Grant Avenue and Krewstown Road. Police say a teen boy was driving an SUV when he somehow lost control of his vehicle which struck a tree and flipped over.
The passenger, identified as Utah Izvuk, 17, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. The teen driver was taken to Aria Health Torresdale where he was last listed in critical condition.
Izvuk was a senior at Northeast High School in Philadelphia.
"I love her and it's really hard to lose her like that," said Daisy Izvuk, the victim's sister.
Students at Northeast High say they will wear Izvuk's favorite colors, pink and purple, in her memory. Izvuk's family said she was planning to go to college after she graduated.
"I think she'd be happy to see her family and friends supporting her and remembering her," said Daisy.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined though police believe speeding may have played a role. Residents who live near the intersection say drivers often speed down Krewstown Road to make the light, instead of slowing down.
"There has to be something done with these lights," said one resident. "They need to put something in here."
"I've only lived here for less than a month and there's already been three or four cars in my lawn," said Charlie Keiper of Bustleton.
Police say new lights will go up at the intersection after construction of a nearby Wawa store is complete.