Police: Bulgarian Ballerina Dies After Broad Street Hit-Run

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police say a young ballet student, struck by a hit and run driver early Sunday morning, has died.

Staff members at the world-renowned Rock School of Ballet on South Broad Street have identified the victim as 22-year-old Polina Kadiyska, a student from Bulgaria, who played the dew drop fairy in the school’s production of the Nutcracker last Christmas.

Police say she was crossing Broad Street, in a marked crosswalk, with a green light, about 4 a.m., when a teenage driver ran a red light and struck her, then struck three parked cars. They say he and his passenger then abandoned the car — a green Audi — and fled, but were arrested a short time when they returned to get some things out of the car.

Police identify the driver as 19-year-old Deandre Barnes of South Philadelphia. He’s been charged with driving under the influence and aggravated assault and is likely to face more serious charges now that Kadiyska has died.

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  • JohnT

    Sad story.



    • Tracy

      She danced all day for her ballet training and had a job at night. Just trying to make ends meet. May not have been the wisest choice to be out at 4 am getting chinese take out after a long day of ballet and night of work, but it is still a tragedy.

  • Joe

    The young lady looked like she could be my daughter. Will the president call? Probably not, given the background of the driver.

  • Bob

    Shall we hold a million tutu march?

  • Peter

    Who is the “she” being treated for head injuries at Thomas Jefferson?


    Linda Bryant?.This poor innocent murdered young woman does not deserve your contempt.

  • Wise One

    Sometimes, unfortunately, there are no words that will suffice. My sympathies to her heartbroken and shocked parents.

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