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An off-duty Philadelphia police officer who had just gotten off the job died in a car crash a few blocks from his home in northeast Philadelphia overnight.
The two-car crash on Bustleton Avenue and Rennard Street in the city’s Somerton neighborhood happened just before midnight Thursday before Friday.
The officer, who has not yet been named, was pulled from his Hyundai Sedan and rushed to a nearby hospital where he died upon arrival, the Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector said, Scott Small.
“The 50-year-old driver of the Hyundai who died in this accident is a police officer, an active duty police officer, who had just finished shift work,” Small said.
The 18-year-old driver of the other car, a BMW sedan, and the driver’s 16- and 17-year-old passengers refused medical attention and were not injured, Small said.
The off-duty officer who died in the crash was a 27-year veteran of the force. “It’s a real tragedy, he was driving home from work and he was only a few blocks from his house when this accident happened,” Small said.
An initial investigation revealed the teenager was driving the BMW south on Bustleton Avenue when he hit the passenger side of the Hyundai as the off-duty officer was heading west on Rennard, Small said.
After hitting the Hyundai, the teenager’s BMW hit a tree, Small said. The sedan had damage to the front.
Investigators “believe speed was a factor,” Small said.
A witness told investigators the BMW was speeding down Bustleton Avenue at the time of the crash, Small said.
Small said the teenage driver did not appear to be impaired and neither alcohol nor drugs played a role in the wreckage, Small said.
No charges were filed Friday morning as the crash investigation team continued to investigate the wreckage.