Kensington man crashes car into home, seriously injures 12-year-old girl

Darnell Gates was charged with unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and unauthorized use of an auto. Credit: Philadelphia Police Dept.

A 12-year-old girl is in serious condition after a 24-year-old man stole a car in Kensington on Tuesday and then crashed it into her family’s house, police said.

Darnell Gates, of the 2800 block of Jasper St., who was accompanied by a 17-year-old male, stole a 2003 green Ford Taurus which was parked on his block, police said.

Driving down East Somerset Street at top speed, Gates lost control of the vehicle, ran over a stop sign on the southeast corner of Amber and Somerset streets, and then crashed through the dining room wall of a house at the 2000 block of East Somerset Street. The vehicle stopped 3 feet inside the house.

The girl, who was in the dining room at the time of the crash, sustained serious injuries from flying projectiles, police said. The 17-year-old passenger also suffered serious injuries, breaking his right femur and right ankle.

Both were taken to St Christopher’s Hospital.

Gates was charged with unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and unauthorized use of an auto.

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