June 14, 2016
A 17-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the Crescentville section of Northeast Philadelphia on Monday night.
The victim has been identified as Markalyah Jackson, of the 4900 block of North Boudinot Street in the city's Feltonville neighborhood, according to information released by Philadelphia police on Tuesday afternoon.
Jackson had been walking within the crosswalk on a green light at Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue around 11:37 p.m. when the driver of a white or silver minivan hit and killed her, officials said.
Jackson alsonwas thought to have been on her cellphone during the incident, police said.
Capt. John Wilczynski of the Philadelphia Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit said Tuesday that the girl was thrown about 160 feet after the crash. But, he said, police are unsure whether the driver or the pedestrian was at fault.
Regardless, he said, the driver left the scene. Police are seeking the driver and vehicle.
Both the pedestrian, who was crossing Adams Avenue, and the driver, who was turning east onto Adams Avenue from the northbound lane of Roosevelt Boulevard, had a green light.
"There was a pedestrian walk sign, while at the same time, the driver had the light to make that turn," said the captain. "She had the green light to cross, you can't blame her."
Wilczynski said he was unsure if the driver had seen her and not stopped, or if she had crossed into the driver's path as the car turned.
The woman suffered multiple internal injuries and head trauma, and she was pronounced dead on the scene, Wilczynski said.
Chief Inspector Scott Small is urging the driver or anyone with details on the incident to contact the Accident Investigation District at 215-686-3180.