Philadelphia officials suspect drag racing led to fatal accident

Drag racing is a dangerous activity for anyone behind the wheel. Philadelphia drivers who broach the speed limit may be flirting with disaster, as traveling at high speeds can increase the likelihood of a car accident. Two Pennsylvania drivers have learned this lesson the hard way.

Tears were flowing as one family mourned the loss of a pregnant woman, killed in an accident law enforcement say was a result of drag racing. The 22-year-old woman was mother to a toddler and another baby on the way. She had plans to finish a nursing degree. Now, however, a high-speed accident has left her son without a mother and family and friends without their loved one.

Law enforcement say two Mercury Marquis were traveling side-by-side when one vehicle lost control after hitting the median. The car – which had the young woman, her fiancé and her 16-month-old – crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Investigators noted the young mother died on impact of the car crash, and her son suffered a minor cut on his lip. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt, though his passengers – a 19-year-old woman and a 1-year-old boy – were taken for observation.

The deceased young woman’s family continues to grieve “such a good mother,” whom they said could light up a room. Her mother has said she does not blame the young fiancé for the accident. As the days unfold and law enforcement continue to investigate, the family should consider talking to an attorney regarding the incident, as they may be entitled to compensation for their loss. A negligent driver can be held responsible for medical and emotional damages.

Source: Action News6, “Pregnant woman killed in fiery crash in Northeast Philadelphia identified,” Oct. 22, 2013



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