Driver of Speeding Car Killed in Fiery Crash Wednesday Morning
Early Wednesday morning, around 1:30 a.m., a 2014 Infiniti crashed into a building and burst into flames at Second Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, according to police. The driver of the car, who has yet to be identified by the medical examiner’s office, was killed in the accident.
Before striking the building and eventually coming to a stop, the car collided with a tree, two street lights and a traffic light, 6ABC reports.
The police statement indicates that officers from the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Temple University, in addition to civilian witnesses, saw the car traveling at high speeds eastbound on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The PHA officers activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but they quickly lost sight of it, at which point Temple officers joined the pursuit. Soon after losing a visual on the Infiniti, police received word that the car had crashed into a building and caught fire, but not before hitting several parked cars, police said.
“It doesn’t even look like a vehicle,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told 6ABC. “It just looks like a piece of steel. It has so much damage. It is hard to even tell it was a car.”
Among the catastrophic wreckage, authorities discovered some unlikely items. Hundreds of packaged McDonald’s cups, gift cards and several swipe machines were found among the debris. Police planned to check with local McDonald’s restaurants to see if the driver had been an employee.
Police are also reportedly investigating whether the car was stolen.
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