Hit-and-run accident in South Philly kills ballerina

A 22-year-old aspiring ballerina died late last month after being struck the previous weekend by a hit-and-run driver. She was studying ballet at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. She had clung to life for several days before being taken off life support.

The ballet student was reportedly crossing the street at a marked crosswalk on a recent evening. The car accident occurred at the corner of the 1100 block of South Broad Street, relatively close to the school. A green Audi driven by a 19-year-old male driver hit the student, according to police. The force of the impact was strong enough to throw her 50 feet away, causing her to suffer serious injuries. The motorist then also smashed into three parked vehicles.

Police also stated that the driver, as well as a passenger in his car, both ran away from the scene of the crash on foot. The driver and passenger later returned to the scene to retrieve some items from the car, and the driver was then placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault, according to ABC Action News. Following the ballerina’s death, there were reports that homicide charges may be asserted, including a charge of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The woman came to Philadelphia from her native Bulgaria three years ago on a scholarship, and was believed to have a promising future as a dancer. Her body was to be flown to Bulgaria, where her parents live, for burial. Terrible incidents like these happen all the time. If you are involved with driving under the influence, it’s important to contact your Wellington DUI defense attorney.

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