Car crash kills 17-year-old, injures three
A teenage boy was killed Saturday in a car crash in Northeast Philadelphia while trying to save his stepfather and three other passengers, police said.
The crash that left the 17-year-old dead and three others injured occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. near where Red Lion Road becomes Norcom Road at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, police said.
The teen, identified as Christopher Alvelo of the Northeast by TV news accounts, was in the front passenger seat of a 2007 Ford Explorer, and he tried to take control of the wheel when his 51-year-old stepfather, Joseph Snyder, had a medical emergency.
The truck swerved into a parking lot, then down a hill before slamming into an empty paratransit vehicle. The impact of the crash sent the bus spiraling into an airport hangar building, police said.
Medics pronounced the boy dead at the scene.
The stepfather was listed in stable but critical condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. The three backseat passengers - all of whom are 15 - were being treated for minor injuries at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
- Jonathan Lai and Mike Newall