PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say 19-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.

It happened late Saturday night in the southbound inner lanes of the Boulevard and Large Street in the city’s Oxford Circle neighborhood.

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Police say the two girls were in the crosswalk against the red light when they were struck by the driver of a Jeep Wrangler who sped up to beat the light.

Authorities say the driver fled the scene but returned a short time later and was arrested.

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The 10-year-old girl was rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The 19-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver, 48-year-old Kenneth Ruch, was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. He has been charged with two counts each of homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while DUI and involuntary manslaughter.


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