A 23-year-old woman died last night after she lost control of her speeding car as she tried to exit Roosevelt Boulevard at the Germantown/Wissahickon exit, veered off the highway, hit a pole and sheared it in half and plunged down an embankment.

The woman, whose name wasn't released, died at the scene of the 10:31 p.m. crash, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Three passengers in the woman's northbound 2013 Ford also suffered minor injuries - a man, 24, in the front passenger seat remains in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center with a broken arm and facial cuts, while two rear-seat passengers (a man and woman, both 24) were taken to Einstein for observation for minor injuries.

Chief Inspector Scott Small

that investigators found several bottles of alcohol at the scene. "They believe both speed and alcohol were contributing factors to this auto accident," he said.