A woman and her teen daughter have both been charged after the girl struck and killed two men in a northeast Philadelphia parking lot while learning how to drive, police said.
Stephanie Hernandez, 32, was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and other related offenses. Her 15-year-old daughter is also charged with homicide by vehicle, accident-death-no license and involuntary manslaughter.
Police say the teen was driving a 2008 black Ford Explorer back on June 4 around 8:45 p.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center at the intersection of Aramingo and Castor avenues. Hernandez was inside the vehicle with her, police said.
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As the girl was driving, she lost control and the vehicle lunged forward, striking two men in their 50s who were standing in the parking lot and knocking them into a nearby store wall, according to investigators.
A 54-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while a 55-year-old man was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.