A few blocks away from the intersection where a West Oak Lane woman suffered fatal injuries when her niece’s car slammed into a SEPTA bus, relatives gathered under the red metal awning of Yvonne Scott’s residence.
By the time Newsworks reached their door on the 6500 block of N. Gratz St. on Wednesday, they were heading inside and not willing to comment publicly about the incident.
“We were told not to do interviews,” said a woman who did not provide her name when she answered the door.
Neighbors were also reluctant to provide names, but one said that many on the block were familiar with Scott and were upset to hear of her passing.
Neighbors also reported hearing shouting from the Scott home in the days since the collision.
The back story
The incident, which occurred at Old York Road and W. Sparks St. just after 6 p.m. Monday.
NewsWorks content partner NBC10 has reported that investigators believe the Acura was driving the wrong way down the street, and that they “found evidence inside the car that leads them to believe the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.”
“There was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the Acura,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC10. “It also had open containers of alcohol inside.”
Twenty-one passengers aboard the Route 55 bus were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and Temple University Hospital with minor injuries.
Police have not released the identity of Scott’s 31-year-old niece, who remains at Einstein.
A department spokeswoman said that the incident remained under investigation Thursday morning.