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Identities Released Of Two Killed In Somerton Crash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two young women were killed and a driver is under arrest for DUI following a single car crash in Northeast Philadelphia early Friday morning. Philadelphia police have released the names of the two women who were killed.

The backseat passenger is identified as 22-year-old Melissa Lees of the 800 block of Barlow Street. Her roommate, 23-year-old Caitlin Hennessey, was riding in the front seat — both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver, also a woman in her 20’s, was speeding on slippery roads — lost control and clipped a utility pole before crashing into a brick wall. The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Her name has not been released and police are investigating to determine if she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck.

The deadly crash happened at about 2 a.m. at Byberry and Worthington Roads in the city’s Somerton section.

According to investigators, a SUV was traveling westbound on Byberry Road at a high rate of speed when the driver apparently lost control and struck a utility pole.

Annie-Marie Green reports…

One of the victims was ejected from the vehicle and the other passenger was pinned inside the car.

The driver, a 20-year-old woman, survived the crash and was initially taken to Aria Health’s Torresdale division for treatment.

The intersection near the crash was closed and local detours were in effect while the accident was being investigated.

Reported by Mike Dougherty & Al Novack, KYW Newsradio; Dray Clark, CBS 3

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  • silk

    I just drove by there yesterday with my 3 young sons in the back. my wife pointed it out where it happened, which I did not know about it. It was raining yesterday alos. I can see alcohol or no alcohol. If u r speeding on the opposite side and it is raining out, you have a great chance of missing that turn and plowing into that pole. I had chils running through me looking at it. I was ina bad accident in my 20’s and survived. I learned my lesson. Tnes girls won’t get that chance. The girl that survived tried to take her life twice already. PEACE !@

  • Denise

    You should be ashamed of yourself. You clearly lack the slightest bit of compassion for any human being. It’s truly a tragedy for all three of those girls involved and their families, yet you spew out your shameful opinions. It must be a wonderful view from the inside of your glass house. I’m the mother of 5 children and I can’t imagine the pain these families have endured. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  • Bigjim

    The girl that was dragged was at my house before and was friends with my son. Her sister Heather is a friend of the family. I feel sorry for the two passengers that were killed, and the driver was only 20. The driver has a long road ahead of her. Any parent fears that phone call in the middle of the night for this reason. Our prayers to the Hennesey Family.

  • Aunt 2 1

    Can everyone please read the article again!!!!!????? It states the driver was in her “20’s” Her name had not been released yet….. so information is still in the air…. pointing fingers doesn’t bring them back or make the drivers situation any better…. how about say a prayer for the deceased to be in peace and that the driver can forgive herself.

    • Andrew Shapiro

      she was only 20 and should not have been servved at either bar she visited

  • NS

    Perfect example of the stupidity and immaturity of today’s 20-somethings.

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  • Princessoops

    Brenda, No amount of jail time could ever compare to the pain that the driver must be going through. It’s easy to point fingers when you’re not close to the situation, but we should all remember that the driver is grieving and suffering too.

  • Sgt Jay Mclain

    Speed kills!!!

  • mark spin

    Let’s just go back to prohibition and not have to see this anymore!!

    • johan

      You are absolutly correct. My grandfather was a bootlegger during prohibition and made a small fortune. After Roosevelt repealed it my grandfather said he would never vote for a Democrat.

  • Dave

    I drove up to this accident on my way home from work just as the first policeman came on scene. I t was a horrible sight … especially the poor girl who was ejected and as a father of four I immediately thought of those who will never be the same from that moment on. Many of us have made it through stupid decisions and days of bad judgement, they didn’t.
    I said a prayer for them and reminded my family to consider safety at all times.

  • tab

    first of all who are we to judge? that is God’s job..Everyone posting these derogatory remarks should be ashamed of themselves. Everyone seems to forget 3 lives were lost this morning, where is the compassion? I didnt even know these girls and my entire day has been consumed with sorrow for all of the girls and their families..God bless them all and for all of you out there with nothing better to do than throw remarks out there remember “those who live in glass houses should not cast stones”

  • mary

    First of all – I am sure if they were in a bar – the bar will be sued because the girl was only twenty. When are people going to learn not to get in a car when the driver has been drinking. I feel so bad for the families of the girls who did not make it. We will wait for the drug test results to come back but I have a feeling the driver will be spending time behind bars. Do not drink and drive.

    • guy

      they were at paddywacks at comly. they are notorious for letting in underage kids

      • Raymond R Davis

        Social darwinism……

  • Zzbar

    Saving time and money, all the news companies have to do is change names and dates. These type of stories are getting boring.

  • Stephanie

    Well first off, I’m sure her parents didn’t “allow” her to drink. She’s 20 years old. People are going to do what they want. Second off, Hilda, you’re disgusting. That was my friend all 8 years of grade school and the beginning of high school. You don’t know her family or her. And to soley blame her as if the other 2 girls weren’t at fault is wrong.

    • Mom

      Don’t drive drunk or get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking. This is why parents preach to you because this can happen to anyone. Always make a phone call or leave your vehicle at home and take a taxi. The loss these tjhree families are going through could of been avoided. God Bless the Families in this tragic loss!!!!

  • Denise Dager

    I am saddened time and again when I see these stories. There is so much out there today regarding drinking and driving. I cannot comprehend what these young women were thinking. They have been shown/told from a young age and all through school about the repercussions of drinking and driving. There is no reason for a teen , young adult or adults to drink and drive. Many options are available today- make a phone call to a parent, a friend, a friends parent, a cab co. . This driver will go through hell the rest of her life knowing she was responsible for the death of two friends. Quite a life changing tragedy. Quite a punishment

  • Cailin O'Hennessy

    You’re a disgusting human being. I agree that all 3 girls were at fault but saying that the two that dies got off easy is sick.

  • CAPS

    So sad ! Some bar will be getting sued next

  • Valerie

    My condolences to the families of the girls. So sad when our children make stupid choices without considering the consequences of their actions.

  • Hilda L. Miranda

    Throw the book at her. 20 years and driving under the influence She is not going to stop Dont let her destroy any more family.

  • Jim Wilmer

    A 20yr. old driving drunk. How young were the passengers? How many yrs. lost by this driver, when the penalty phase begins.

    • Ron Steinmetz

      3 more families ripped to shreds. You can’t bla,e just the driver for these deaths. Those girls knew how much she had to srink. It amazes me that in this day & age I still see parents who allow their underage children to drink. May God help these 3 families in their time of sorrow.

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