Two women were killed and a teenager was injured after a driver lost control and collided with them on the sidewalk in Mantua. The violent incident happened shortly after 9:30 pm. At 35 North Street and Mount Vernon Street in Mantua.
This is a tragedy in every sense of the word. And between the two women, eight children lost their mothers.
Police say 30-year-old Nicole Vondenburg, 57-year-old Zenobia Murray, and her 14-year-old daughter were on their way home after getting some food when a car jumped onto the sidewalk and crashed into them. The car hit Vondenburg with such force that it set off airborne through 35th Street and entered the door of a vacant house.
She was hit with such force, her body was fired, the corner property door struck, she knocked on the door from the hinges and they actually found this 30-year-old victim in the property’s living room near the front door, ”said Philadelphia Police Inspector Small.
Vondenburg, mother of two, and Murray, mother of six, were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. Murray’s daughter recovering from leg injuries at Ben Presbyterian Hospital.
The 19-year-old driver was taken to Ben Presbyterian Hospital in a stable condition. She will be tested to see if there are drugs or alcohol in her system.
Eyewitnesses reported that they saw a man in the car who was distracted, but the police have not yet been able to confirm this information.
Meanwhile, outside her mother’s house on 35th Street, the Fondenburg family consoled each other. Her father collapsed talking about his daughter.
“She was the most beautiful child,” said Vondenburg’s father, Derek. “Everyone knows and loves it here.”
Although investigators have yet to determine the cause of the accident, family members are asking drivers to slow down in residential neighborhoods.
“I just don’t understand why the speed started,” said Derek Vondenburg. “We have to stop speeding.”
“People are flying all over these streets, man. Put some speed bumps here,” added Fondenberg’s cousin, Daryl Fusky.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but was captured entirely by police cameras in real time at the intersection.