6-year-old boy dead, man in critical condition after SUV strikes minibike

Both drivers could be facing charges.

Tim Jimenez
April 23, 2018 - 7:31 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two drivers involved in a fatal crash in West Philadelphia both may face charges in the collision, which resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy.

Philadelphia police are investigating the incident in which a Jeep SUV collided with a minibike. 

The 26-year-old man driving the minibike had his girlfriend's 6-year-old son, Malik Williams, in his lap when they were hit by the SUV.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead just after midnight on Monday.

Police reported the man lost a leg and suffered hip and head injuries. He was taken to Lankenau Hospital for surgery and is listed in critical condition. Police said he may be facing charges if he survives the crash because the minibike should not have been on on the road.

The crash happened around 11 p.m. Sunday at 63rd and Callowhill streets. Police said the SUV made a left turn and slammed into the minibike. 

"[The boy] had trauma to his legs and body. He was completely unresponsive," explained Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Small added that the minibike "had no lights, no registration. It was not street legal."

Police noted the 28-year-old who was behind the wheel of the SUV was examined at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and taken into custody.

"He had alcohol smell on his breath. He was staggering when he was standing. And he was slurring when he was talking," Small said. "So, he was arrested for suspected DUI at this time."

The driver of the SUV has not yet been charged.

"We are going to have to wait for blood results to make a determination about that," added Capt. Mark Overwise from the Accident Investigation Division.

Authorities also said the SUV driver was driving with a suspended license. Police have not released the identities of those involved in the crash. 

Overwise said the minibike had the green light at the time of the incident.

But he advised drivers to be aware of minibike drivers, since they tend to ride in packs or groups.

"It's illegal period to ride it on the street. That should be on the track or some other safe area, and they should have a helmet on," Overwise noted. "The people who drive these have absolutely no regard for your safety. If you are on the road, pull over, let them go by."

Kristen Johanson contributed to this report.