An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by police after hitting two Pennsylvania State Police troopers with his vehicle on Interstate 95 early Sunday.
Anthony Allegrini Jr., of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead on the scene by Philadelphia Fire Department Medics. The troopers suffered minor injuries, police said.
Authorities said Sunday two troopers were struck on I-95 near Penn's Landing around 3:30 a.m. when Allegrini's vehicle failed to yield when police found a large group of cars blocking the busy highway when they responded to reports of street racing. One trooper shot Allegrini, state police said in a news release.
Upon arrival, troopers "found a significant number of vehicles illegally blocking the roadway, with others drifting, doing “burnouts” and numerous pedestrians outside of their vehicles spectating." Authorities also said there were reports of shots being fired before they arrived to I-95.
The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed to traffic early Sunday as police investigated but reopened later in the morning.
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the state police are investigating.
Earlier in the evening, the state police were also called to assist with street racing in the city.
"Once again, our great city of Philadelphia was under siege by criminal activity involving illegal street racing .. Another weekend of Philadelphia and state police officers putting themselves in danger to curb this criminal behavior," the Fraternal Order of Police Philadelphia Lodge #5 released in a statement Sunday.
The statement said the department remains understaffed "to adequately address the chaos."
The president of FOP Lodge #5, John McNesby, told reporters that illegal street racing occurred in Philadelphia neighborhoods Mayfair and Bustleton on Saturday night as well as on I-95. McNesby said in one incident an officer had a brick thrown through her windshield, which left her shaken but not seriously injured, according to the Associated Press.
Fire in Michigan: Wildfire burns more than 3,000 acres; 85% contained
This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania police fatally shoot man, 18, after street racing report