Penn student struck at 40th and Spruce


The area near the intersection has a history of traffic issues




A Penn student was the victim of a hit and run accident at 40th and Spruce streets on Sunday.

According to the Division of Public Safety, the accident occurred at approximately 9:13 p.m. when a tan SUV struck the student as it made a left turn from 40th Street onto Spruce Street. The student was crossing the intersection at the time, and the SUV did not stop after the accident occurred.

Penn Police officers were able to stop the SUV and discovered that the driver was driving on a suspended license. He was transported to the Penn Police Headquarters and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license in an accident.

The student had minor injuries and went to the hospital to be examined.

The area surrounding 40th and Spruce streets is historically dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. The intersection at 38th and Spruce streets saw six car accidents over the past calendar year.

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The incidents resulted in a total of seven people being sent to the hospital, including four Penn students. Additionally an incident occurred when a woman fell off of her bicycle along the 3800 block of Spruce Street in October and was hit by a vehicle.

Correction: This article has been updated to clarify that seven people were sent to the hospital as a result of the crashes at 38th and Spruce streets, but that not all seven were hospitalized — meaning admitted to the hospital as a result of their injuries.

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