Man charged for violent DUI collision in Northeast that killed 2

Mike DeNardo
December 16, 2019 - 3:48 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A North Philadelphia man has been charged for Sunday’s deadly crash in the Northeast that left two people dead.

Police charged 27-year-old Nehamiah Carstarphen with driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle and other charges in connection with the early-morning collision at Cottman and Torresdale avenues.

Investigators say Carstarphen was driving his Chevrolet Malibu under the influence, headed north on Torresdale, when he ran a red light and was T-boned by a Nissan Maxima, which was headed westbound on Cottman. Carstarphen's 18-year-old nephew, Rashaan Cole, a passenger in his car, was one of the two people killed in the crash.  

At a headquarters news conference Monday, Accident Investigation District Capt. Mark Overwise said it’s still unclear how fast Carstarphen was driving.

“We do not have any scientific analysis as of yet as to what the speed was,” he said. “We have some investigating to do on that, but from the video it's evident that it was a high rate of speed.”

It was so forceful that five of the six people involved in the crash were ejected from their cars — including 29-year-old Ciara Parker from Cedarbrook, a front-seat passenger in the Maxima, who died at the scene. 

Three other women in the Maxima suffered serious injuries. Carstarphen's blood-alcohol level has not yet been determined.

“Anybody who drives while impaired or drives intoxicated puts everyone’s lives at risk, including their own,” added Overwise.

Carstarphen remains at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital.