Two Pennsylvania state troopers and a man were run over and killed alongside I-95 in Philadelphia early Monday morning by a woman who had been stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence just moments before.
Troopers Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29, were on the shoulder helping a man into the back of a cruiser when a woman tried to drive past the three men at a high speed just before 1 a.m.
‘The impact was so great that it threw the troopers over into the northbound lanes of Interstate 95,’ Pennsylvania State Police Capt. James Kemm said in a press conference, according to KYW.
Witnesses attempted CPR but all three men were pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman who struck them had been stopped on suspicion of DUI moments earlier, but officers had to leave her after they got a call about a man walking down the highway.
She remained at the scene, state police said. It is not clear if she was detained, but police say that a DUI investigation is now underway.
Pennsylvania state trooper Branden T. Sisca, 29, died early Monday morning after he was struck by a driver suspected of driving drunk
Trooper Martin F. Mack III, 33, also died of his injuries after witnesses tried to perform CPR
The troopers were responding to a call about a man who was walking down I-95 in Philadelphia. Above, a police cruiser sits in the highway as police respond to the craash
A woman tried to pass them but struck all three of them. She had reportedly been stopped by the troopers earlier that night but was left when they got a call about the man walking
Video from WPVI shows a police cruiser along the divider with its airbags deployed.
A silver SUV with extensive damage to the front sat nearby.
Police officers rode down I-95 North in a procession Monday morning, hours after the three men died near milepost 18.
After the woman struck the men, the vehicle hit a barrier and continued a short distance before coming to a rest on the highway’s right-side shoulder, authorities said.
Officers had reportedly stopped the woman on suspicion of DUI but left her when they were dispatched to respond to the man walking along the highway.
It is not clear why he was walking or why he was being taken into custody. His name has not been released as police try to contact his family.
Trooper Mack, 33, joined the state police in November 2014.
He was a 2006 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High school and went on to attend Albright University in Reading, according to WCAU. He was married with two children and lived in Bristol Township, Bucks County.
Sisca, 29, joined the force in February 2021. He graduated from West Chester University in 2014.
Both troopers spent their entire careers assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop K in Philadelphia.
Commissioner Robert Evanchick said: ‘Our department is heartbroken with the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Philadelphia. We ask our fellow Pennsylvanians to keep the families of our troopers and the pedestrian in their thoughts’
Police rode down I-95 on Monday morning, hours after the incident killed two troopers and a man in custody
‘Our department is heartbroken with the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Philadelphia,’ said Commissioner Robert Evanchick in a statement.
‘We ask our fellow Pennsylvanians to keep the families of our troopers and the pedestrian in their thoughts. This is an extremely difficult time.’
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all flags in state and public buildings throughout Pennsylvania to be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in honor of Mack and Sisca.
‘This is a heartbreaking tragedy that occurred while these troopers were protecting and serving,’ Wolf said.
‘This mournful incident is a stark reminder of the risks – and sacrifices – our law enforcement officers undertake every day to keep us safe. My heart goes out to their families and the communities they lived in and served.’
Authorities are not investigating the incident as a DUI.
‘A young driver is potentially facing extremely serious consequences,’ said Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, according to KYW.