Two Pennsylvania state police officers were killed when a car mowed them down during a traffic stop in Philadelphia early Monday, authorities said.
Soldiers Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29, were killed along with a man they were about to take into custody at approximately 12:45 a.m. in the south lanes of I-95 near the exit Broad St. This was announced by the state police in a statement.
A motorist traveling at “high speed” attempting to pass the three men on the freeway’s shoulder then struck all three, State Police Captain James Kemm said at a news conference broadcast live by CBS Philadelphia.
“The impact was so severe that the soldiers were thrown into the north lanes of Interstate 95,” Kemm said. “The vehicle then struck the Jersey guard rail, continued a short distance on Interstate 95 and ended up on the right shoulder.”
The soldiers and the civilian – who was not immediately identified until the family was notified – were pronounced dead at the scene, Kemm said.
Mack joined the agency in 2014, while Sisca has been a soldier since February 2021. Both have spent their entire careers patrolling in and around Philadelphia, state police said.
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all flags throughout Pennsylvania to be flown at half-mast by sunset Friday in honor of Mack and Sisca.
“This is a heartbreaking tragedy that occurred while these soldiers were protecting and serving,” Wolf said. “This sad incident is a stark reminder of the risks – and sacrifices – our law enforcement officers take every day to protect us. My heart goes out to their families and the communities they lived in and served.”
A DUI-related investigation into the triple death is ongoing, Kemm said. The woman who hit the soldiers and the man stayed at the scene of the accident, state police said.
Shortly before the fatal wreckage, Mack and Sisca had stopped the woman who hit them, law enforcement officials told NBC Philadelphia. She had been pulled over on suspicion of DUI, but officers exited her vehicle after receiving a call about a man walking on the freeway, station sources said.
A second damaged vehicle, a silver Chevy, was also seen nearby. No charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon, according to the WPVI.
I-95 has since reopened after being closed in both directions for several hours.
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