Two Teens Die Speeding on Roosevelt
PHILADELPHIA, PA. (June 4, 2019) – Friends and family are mourning two teenagers who died after being ejected from a vehicle in a crash on Roosevelt Boulevard Saturday night June 1st.
Bao Tran, 19, was driving a 2007 Nissan southbound at a high speed on Roosevelt Boulevard around 10:45 p.m. Nicholas Sy, 17, was his passenger.
The Nissan collided with a 1998 Subaru Legacy at the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Deveraux Street, causing the Nissan to veer right, crash into a tree, and ultimately into a home on the 1500 block of Stevens Street.
The teens were ejected from the vehicle which also struck a parked and unoccupied 1997 Toyota Avalon. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Tran’s brother told the media the crash occurred about 10 minutes away from their home.
“We rush up there and last thing you know is I see him laying up there,” his brother said. “My mom is devastated and I’m really missing him a lot right now.”
The driver of the Subaru Legacy, a 30-year-old man, was not hurt. His passenger, a 27-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries.
“He was a great guy,” said friend James Arena, who met Tran at a local car club a year ago. “Great kid. Take the shirt off his back for you.”
Other friends described both teens as funny and kind people who were always in a good mood. A candlelight vigil for the victims took place early Sunday evening.
Nearly 2,700 crashes occurred on Roosevelt Boulevard between 2013 and 2017, with 25 percent of those fatal, according to PennDOT.
Two weeks ago, city council approved speed cameras for Roosevelt Boulevard in an effort to make the road safer. Anyone caught driving more than 11 miles per hour over the speed limit will face a fine.
Source: NBC 10
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