An innocent man was killed Tuesday morning when a car speeding through a school zone crashed, sources tell NBCPhiladelphia. The force of the accident was so great, it literally cut a car in two.
"I saw the accident. It was very upsetting, it was a horrific accident," said a witness.
The accident started around 8 a.m. while Parkside officer Mark Marchesi was working a school crossing detail at Forestview Road and Route 352 and tried to stop a driver for allegedly speeding in a school zone, said police.
The burgundy SUV was swerving through the intersection at 90mph, according to investigators. The SUV struck a black Honda killing the 25-year-old male driver instantly.
Lou Atkinson was stopped at the light in his black pick-up truck with his 8-year old daughter when the SUV and Honda spun into his and another driver's car.
"I was at a stand still. I was very lucky," said Atkinson.
The 18-year-old driver of the SUV tried to get out and run but collapsed and was later taken into police custody, according to Atkinson.
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The crash shut down Route 352 near Knowlton Road for several hours.