A woman hit by a reversing police cruiser as she walked through a Kensington park last week has died.
Two officers were in a marked patrol car in the course of an investigation about 4:25 p.m. on April 18 when the driver backed over Michelle Kolk as she walked nearby, police said. The incident happened on a paved path in McPherson Square on the 3000 block of F Street. The path is not a public roadway – but is wide enough to accommodate a car and sometimes is used by police vehicles, said Capt. Sekou Kinebrew, a police spokesman.
The officers rushed Kolk, 40, of the 1100 block of Tabor Terrace in Fox Chase, to Temple University Hospital, where she died at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday.
Accident Investigation District detectives are investigating.
Detectives haven’t yet determined how fast the driver reversed nor whether he braked before hitting Kolk, Kinebrew said. Both officers are veterans – the driver has 19 years on the force, and his partner, 10 – assigned to North Philadelphia’s 24th District, Kinebrew said. The driver was pulled from street duty pending the outcome of the investigation, as is standard in such cases, Kinebrew said.
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