Two Pennsylvania state troopers were killed when a car ran over them during a traffic stop in Philadelphia early Monday, authorities said.
Privates Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29, were killed along with a man they were attempting to take into custody at approximately 12:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I- 95 near the Broad Street exit, state police said in a statement.
A motorist traveling at “high speed” who was trying to pass the three men on the shoulder of the freeway then hit the three, State Police Capt. James Kemm said in a news conference broadcast in April. live by CBS Philadelphia.
“The impact was so severe that it threw the soldiers into the northbound lanes of Interstate 95,” Kemm said. “The vehicle then struck the Jersey barrier, continued a short distance along Interstate 95 and landed on the right shoulder.”
The soldiers and civilian – who were not immediately identified pending notification of family – were pronounced dead at the scene, Kemm said.
Mack joined the agency in 2014, while Sisca had worked as a private since February 2021. Both have spent their entire careers patrolling in and around Philadelphia, state police said.
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all flags in Pennsylvania to be flown at half-mast until sunset Friday in honor of Mack and Sisca.
“It’s a heartbreaking tragedy that happened as these soldiers protected and served,” Wolf said. “This dismal incident is a stark reminder of the risks – and sacrifices – our law enforcement officers undertake every day to keep us safe. My thoughts are with their families and the communities in which they lived and served.
A DUI-related investigation into the triple death is ongoing, Kemm said. The woman who hit the soldiers and the man remained at the scene of the accident, state police said.
Moments before the fatal sinking, Mack and Sisca arrested the woman who punched them, law enforcement sources told NBC Philadelphia. She had been arrested on suspicion of impaired driving, but troopers left her vehicle after receiving a call about a man walking on the freeway, sources told the station.
A second damaged vehicle, a silver Chevy, was also seen nearby. No charges had been filed by Monday afternoon, according to WPVI.
I-95 has since reopened after being closed for several hours in both directions.
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