PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are investigating after a driver struck and killed at least one person and injured several more in South Philadelphia Saturday.
It happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot along 23rd Street near Jackson Street.
Authorities say the driver of a white minivan lost control of the vehicle, struck several cars and then 46-year-old Maria Jacovelli.
“It’s pretty sad,” said witness MaryAnn Rodriguez. “She lost her life right there.”
Jacovelli would be pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say driver attempted to get away from one crash and caused multiple others.
“I seen him driving real fast, like speeding, and then the lady was there and he hit the lady,” said witness Maria Mastrandi. “Then he took off and came up on this side of the street and hit a couple of parked cars.”
Police say two others were also injured and were transported to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries are unknown at this time, but all are expected to survive.
“I seen him in the cop car and people were just knocking on the window telling him you just killed a lady,” Rodriguez said. “He had no remorse on his face.”
“So sad for something like this to happen right here, it really is,” added Mastrandi. “I breaks my heart. It really does. I can’t imagine how the family would find something out like this. I’m a mother and I can’t imagine having my mother or something like that happen.”
Police have not yet released the name of the driver, and there is no word yet on any charges.
Jacovelli’s family has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for her funeral arraignments.