Car Strikes, Severely Injures Woman Crossing Roosevelt Boulevard

A woman suffered severe injuries when a car struck her as she crossed one of Philadelphia's most dangerous roadways overnight.

Police said the 40-year-old woman was walking across Roosevelt Boulevard near Rising Sun Avenue shortly after midnight when a car in the inner northbound lanes hit her. Medics took the woman to Albert Einstein Medical Center in extremely critical condition. It was unclear whether she would survive.

Police said the driver of the striking vehicle did remain at the scene.

Roosevelt Boulevard has long been known as one of Philadelphia's deadliest roads. Local legislators and advocates recently set their sights on making the Boulevard safer by calling on the state to pass legislation that would allow for speed cameras to be installed along the 12-lane highway's most dangerous stretches.

More than five dozen people died in traffic crashes along the Boulevard between 2011 and last year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation -- an average of one person a month. In the same span, PennDOT reports that 4,670 people suffered traffic-related injuries on the Boulevard, 159 of which involved pedestrians.

Earlier this year, 17-year-old Markaylah Jackson died as she crossed the Boulevard near Adams Avenue -- not far from the scene of Sunday morning's crash that injured a pedestrian.

The woman injured Sunday has not been identified.

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