Another officer killed in car crash

Another Philadelphia Police Officer is dead.

About 10:30p.m. last night, Sgt. Timothy Simpson, of the 24th District, was responding to a call of an armed robbery on Aramingo Avenue near Clearfield Street when he was struck by a vehicle, police said. Around Allegheny Avenue, police said the driver, who rode in a black Camaro, collided into Simpson's cruiser. Simpson was transported to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:05p.m. Police have in custody two men, one in his 30s, the other in his 40s. Both men may be from out of town, said spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Family members and police officers crowded around the entrance to the hospital where they consoled each other, devastated by another death in a police department still coping with the loss of the recently slain Officer Patrick McDonald, who was gunned down in North Philly last month, and Officer Isable Nazario who also died as a result of a car crash. Mayor Nutter, along with Commissioner Charles Ramsey, said they're shaken by the death.

"This department has had a significant amount of tragedy this year, last year and the year before," said Nutter. "We are deeply hurt, deeply saddened. Officers are feeling significant amount of pain as the rest of us in public service."

Commissioner Ramsey chimed in and offered a few words of consolation to Simpson's wife and three children.

"This is surreal this many [officers] to die in such a short period of time," said Ramsey. "It's ironic that just early today we were unveiling a mural of three officers of the 35th District that died, now we have another that's fallen. A sargeant from the same district as Steve Liczibinski. It's tragic so our hearts are out to the family and to the men and women of the 24th District.