At approximately 7 pm, Monday evening, a young, unidentified girl, was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Clifton Ave. and MacDade Blvd. in Collingdale, in front of The Spirit’s offices..
“A little girl was hit by a car, I can’t say much else. It’s a juvenile,” Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said.
What is known, according to Adams, is the girl lives on the 600 block of MacDade Blvd.
From a window inside The Spirit’s newsroom, reporters heard the screech of the vehicle, a gray utility van, halting to an abrupt stop, followed by a collective gasp from onlookers, some who came to the girl’s aid.
Collingdale police, immediately responding to the scene and finding a girl face down in the street at the front bumper of the van, blocked the intersection with their vehicles, redirected traffic and notified Emergency Medical Services.
Another girl, who identified herself as the victim’s sister, was heard screaming in disbelief as she ran to the intersection from MacDade Blvd.
“I don’t know what happened; she ran right in front of my truck!” the driver, visibly distraught, said to both police and the equally distraught sister of the juvenile.
A witness said he was leaving Collingdale Borough Hall and saw the girl attempting to “beat the light,” while the gray van driving through the intersection had the green light.
“(The driver) feels really bad,” the witness said. “I hope she’s going to be all right, luckily she was able to sit up.”
Although an official statement about the girl’s condition at the scene was not provided by authorities, a woman who aided the girl after the accident was heard telling the juvenile’s sister that she was “okay, just a little shaken up.”
The juvenile was rendered aid by Collingdale Fire Company and, according to Adams, taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
“The driver is being taken to Mercy Fitzgerald to have blood drawn to see if anything’s in his system,” the chief said, adding that this procedure is standard.