2 die in fiery car crash; driver charged with DUI
* Ditman Street near Disston
A 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman died Thursday morning after a crash in Tacony, police said.
A 2012 Camaro and a 2004 Kia collided when the driver of the Camaro failed to stop at a stop sign about 8:20 a.m., police said.
The man and woman were thrown from the Kia, which burst into flames. They were pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m., police said. The driver of the Camaro was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, police said. Police had not identified the victims as of Thursday night.
Man hit in Cedar Park shooting
* Baltimore Avenue near 49th
Street, West Philadelphia
A 25-year-old man was shot once in the abdomen at Cedar Park about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Police found playing cards at the scene and said he may have been shot in a dispute over a card game.
The victim - whose face was tattoed with the words "F--- Everybody" - was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. Police were interviewing the people who drove the man away from the scene.
Cops were searching the area for surveillance cameras that may have recorded footage of the shooting.
In other news:
Police now taking crime tips via text
Add texting to the ways you can now report wrongdoing to the police.
Mayor Nutter announced the Philadelphia Police Department's text tipline at Thursday's Philly Tech Week Switch Philly event.
"We are using as many tools as possible so citizens can easily reach out to the police to report crimes, illegal guns or to provide tips that could lead to the arrest of dangerous criminals," Nutter said. "This tipline is one more way that citizens of Philadelphia can take back their neighborhoods. I would like to encourage Philadelphians to save this number in their phones. If you know something, say something."
The tipline number is PPD TIP or 773847. Citizens can reach the tipline on any mobile device, and tips will be forwarded to police.
The text tipline, which isn't for emergencies, is now active and accepting tips. After sending a text, the sender will receive the message, "Your message has been received - thank you. We will contact you if further information is needed. If this is a true emergency, dial 9-1-1."
Residents can still call the tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or go to phillypolice.com and click "Submit a tip."
- Dana DiFilippo,
Phillip Lucas & staff reports