Just after 10 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, a group of four teens left the Ridley High School production of the musical “Aida.” As they were crossing the street at Morton Avenue and MacDade Boulevard, they were struck by a red Ford Windstar van, driven by 52-year-old Tyron Williams.
Williams was speeding through the intersection, in an attempt to beat a red light, when he struck the group of teens. He reportedly did not realize what had happened and thought that he hit a traffic cone.
Williams was pulled over in nearby Chester for erratic driving. He was swerving across the middle yellow lines and bumping the edge of the curb. He was driving without a license, as his license was suspended in May because of a medical condition.
He was charged with causing an accident involving injury or death, not being properly licensed in such an accident, recklessly driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to stop at a red signal and recklessly endangering another person. He was jailed at the George Hill Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Three teenage girls and one boy, all either 14 or 15 years old, were hospitalized. Two of the teens were airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a third was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the fourth was taken by ambulance to Taylor Hospital, in Ridley Park.
Two of the teens remain in Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, one in intensive care, and the other under observation for a concussion.
The Pennsylvania injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile would like to wish a full, quick recovery to all of the victims who were injured in this Pennsylvania accident.