POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:12am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm
Robbery suspects crash fleeing police; three children killed...
A baby and two other young children were killed when a car spun out of control during a police chase and plowed into a crowd on a Philadelphia street Wednesday night.
The driver was running from police and had just turned onto the neighborhood street when he lost control of the car, according to police.
The car ended up wedged between a row home and utility pole.
One woman tried to lift the car off one of the children, according to a witness.
Another was led away by police, screaming, "She's only seven! She's only seven!"
Two children, ages 5 and 7, died at the scene.
The baby, 11-months old, died at the hospital.
The fourth victim, the mother of one of the children, was in critical condition Thursday morning.
Police, rescue crews, neighbors and the Mayor converged on what quickly became a chaotic and emotional scene.
"This is an incredible tragedy," said Mayor Michael Nutter. "Three children killed senselessly through the action of this individual. All we can ask is that the citizens of the city pray for these children, pray for these families."
The suspect is one of two men accused of stealing a motorcycle in North Philadelphia around 7:30 p.m.
One suspect took off on the motorcycle and the other in a silver Pontiac Grand Am.
The pursuit started minutes later when police spotted the car.
"We're reviewing tape. We're reviewing everything right now," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said about the police pursuit.
Both suspects are in custody.
The stolen motorcycle was found several blocks away from the accident scene at a house where police said they found the second suspect along with several guns.