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June 01, 2016

Woman fatally struck by Uber driver walking across Cecil B. Moore

Police: Driver not at fault, couldn't swerve out of way in time

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Police investigation Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice


An Uber driver fatally struck a pedestrian in North Philadelphia early Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

Police said the incident occurred around 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of Ridge and Cecil B. Moore avenues.

The 56-year-old woman walked between oncoming cars into traffic on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, and the driver of a 2016 Honda Accord tried swerving out of the way to avoid her but couldn't do so in time, police said.

Medics transported the unidentified pedestrian to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The driver, 34, was not injured. It's been determined that he was not at fault, police said. 

He remained at the scene and waited for officers to arrive. He exited his vehicle to check on the victim, police said.

Some media outlets originally reported that the driver was working for ride-sharing service Uber at the time. 

An Uber spokesperson confirmed the driver was affiliated with the company's platform and released the following statement:

"Our hearts go out to the victim. We are cooperating with authorities to assist in their investigation."