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Arrest in West Philly accident that killed woman trying to catch trolley

Police say driver's car smelled like marijuana.
Malachi ArmstrongPhiladelphia Police

Police have arrested the driver who hit and killed a woman trying to catch a SEPTA trolley on Woodland Avenue Monday morning, saying his car reeked of pot.

Malachi Armstrong, a 23-year-old homeless man, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle in a 9 a.m.crash that killedMiriam Wilson, 38.

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Police said Wilson was crossing Woodland Ave. at 54th Street, trying to catch a Route 11 trolley that had stopped to let out passengers.

Armstrong, police said, ran a red light and tried to pass the trolley on the right side —where passengers get in and off the trolley —when his 2015 Nissan Altimahit Wilson.

There were no other reported injuries.

 

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