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2 Pennsylvania Troopers, Pedestrian Killed By Motorist

Philadelphia, PA – Two Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers and a pedestrian they were trying to get off the interstate were hit and killed by an impaired, speeding motorist early Monday morning.

The incident began on Interstate 95 southbound at approximately 12:30 a.m., when the PSP Trooper Martin Mack, 33, and Trooper Branden Sisca, 29, stopped a female driver on suspicion of DUI, WCAU reported.

During the traffic stop, the troopers were notified that a man was walking on the roadway and were forced to leave the stop in order to locate the pedestrian, law enforcement sources said.

The troopers located the pedestrian and were trying to get him into their patrol vehicle when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into all three of them, according to police.

The force of the impact threw the troopers and the pedestrian into the northbound lanes of the interstate.

The driver then crashed into a barrier.

Sources said the driver of the speeding vehicle was the same woman the troopers had been investigating for the suspected DUI, WCAU reported.

She remained at the scene.

Witnesses rushed to the injured troopers and attempted CPR, but all three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Traffic Division Officer Mike Staten told reporters.

The identity of the pedestrian has not been released, pending notification of his next-of-kin, WCAU reported.

Trooper Martin joined the PSP in November of 2014.

Trooper Sisca recently graduated from the law enforcement academy after enlisting with the agency in February of 2021.

The investigation into the fatal collision remains ongoing.

All lanes of traffic on Interstate 95 were shut down for approximately eight hours after the crash.

A procession of at least 25 law enforcement vehicles escorted the trooper’s body from the crash scene to the medical examiner’s office shortly before 6 a.m., WPVI reported.

“Frances and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of these two state troopers and the individual they were assisting,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement after the horrific crash. “This tragedy is a reminder that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day, and we Pennsylvanians are grateful for the men and women who protect us and our communities.”

“Frances and I are praying for the loved ones of these courageous troopers, the civilian they were assisting and for the Pennsylvania State Police,” Wolf wrote, according to WPVI.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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