1 Dies, 6 Hurt When Driver of Stolen Car Runs Down Pedestrians, Hits Another Vehicle in South Philadelphia

A mother was killed and several others, including children, were hurt when a man crashed a stolen car along a South Philadelphia street Friday night, police said.

It was around 8:30 p.m. when the white Toyota Avalon came barreling westbound along Jackson Street near 21st and slammed into a minivan, carrying several adults and kids, at the intersection, police said.

The Toyota hit the minivan with such force that the car's driver's side door lodged onto the green van's fender, breaking away from the sedan.

The car then careened out of control, skidding along the sidewalk, before hitting a husband, wife and their 2-year-old son as they walked by, police said.

The car traveled another block to Snyder Avenue, where the driver jumped out and ran away. Witnesses led officers to the car and they were able to track down the male driver a short time later. The 36-year-old has been placed under arrest.

In all, seven people were hurt, police said.

The wife, a 40-year-old from the neighborhood, was left in extremely critical condition after the crash. She was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, but could not be saved, police said.

The husband and their son as well as three people from the minivan were also taken to Jefferson for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Philadelphia Police's Accident Investigation Division has opened a probe into the deadly crash.

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