Three people were killed early this morning when a driver, reportedly from Delaware and suffering from stab wounds, crashed head-on into their vehicle.
The crash occurred just after 1:30 this morning when a white Audi with Delaware plates veered into oncoming traffic and struck an SUV on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia, according to reports from the scene.
The SUV driver Joseph Ferry, 36; his fiancée and passenger Kelly Wiseley, 35; and passenger Dennis Palandro, 31; all died at the scene. A fourth passenger, Palandro’s 30-year-old wife survived was transported to Jefferson University Hospital for a broken pelvis and other injuries suffered in the accident. She is listed in critical condition.
Police said the driver of the Audi, identified as 29 Keith Campbell, was also transported to the hospital where it was discovered that he was suffering from 15 to 20 stab wounds. Officials said that a knife was found in the vehicle.
Social media scanner pages reported that just before the accident Delaware authorities were in pursuit of a white Audi. Those reports indicated that the Audi was driving over 100 MPH.
We have confirmed that the Audi did have Delaware plates. We have not confirmed the pursuit reports.
The Mummers South Philadelphia String Band, which Ferry and Palandro were members of, posted a statement on their Facebook this morning.
“On behalf of the officers and members of the South Philadelphia String Band, we are deeply saddened at the loss of our family members.
We ask you to keep all families in your thoughts and prayers.
While the Mummers community is a close knit family, we ask for privacy for the families and our organization during this difficult time.
The South Philadelphia String Band family will be making no further comment.”
This is a developing story.