74-year-old woman fatally struck by car in Roxborough

5:30 update: Police have identified the victim in yesterday’s pedestrian fatality as Sheila Banks of the 8900 block of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. 

A 74-year-old woman was killed yesterday afternoon after being hit by a car along Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.

The woman, whose name has not been released yet, was crossing 8900 Ridge Ave. near Old Line Rd. at 4:25 p.m. when she was struck by a 2011 Nissan Murano, police said. 

Reports indicate that the Nissan SUV was traveling northbound on Ridge Ave. and the victim was walking westbound, not at the crosswalk, at the time of the accident.

She was transported to Einstein Medical Center with reported chest trauma and was pronounced dead at 5:17 p.m.

The driver of the Nissan stayed at the scene of the accident. Police say no charges were filed yesterday but added that the accident is still under investigation.

This accident follows a wave of fatal car accidents in Northwest Philadelphia last month. 

On Feb. 21, 77-year-old local hoops legend Alonzo Lewis of Chadds Ford, Pa. was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross Henry Avenue at School House Lane in East Falls. Philadelphia University students and staff held a vigil for Lewis on Tuesday night.

Just one week earlier, 22-year-old Christian Sheridan of Conshohocken was killed after speeding and swerving into oncoming traffic and colliding with another car along Henry Avenue.

The East Falls Community Council held an emergency meeting on Sunday night to address traffic concerns along the neighborhood’s most dangerous streets. Captain Verdell Johnson with the 39th Police District said he would look into obtaining “speed timing” equipment and deploy officers to the area once they’re trained.

NewsWorks will continue to follow this story once more information becomes available. 

Editor’s note:  Initial reports from the Philadelphia Police Department indicated that the victim in yesterday’s accident was crossing the crosswalk at the time of the incident. This version has been corrected to indicate that she was not at the crosswalk. 

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