Woman dies after another driver fleeing police runs into her vehicle

A 56-year-old woman was killed when a car being chased by police crashed into her car Wednesday night in West Philadelphia, police said.

The pursuit began shortly before 7:15 p.m. when police approached two men at 48th and Westminster Streets where gunshots had just been fired, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The men fled in a black Nissan Maxima.

The high-speed chase wound its way south of Market Street and down 52nd Street when the suspects' vehicle ran a red light at Locust Street and struck a Kia Soul traveling east on Locust, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

The Kia was spun into a parked car and came to a stop in a nearby lot. The woman driving the Kia was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 8:10 p.m.

The suspects in the Nissan also were taken to Penn to be treated for pain, Walker said.

Surveillance video from 48th and Westminster shows occupants of a white vehicle opened fire on the black Nissan, and those were the shots to which police originally responded.

After the crash, police found a gun in the rear seat of the Nissan.

- Robert Moran