In our weekly report on accidents and legal news in Philadelphia for October 4th, 2017, we look at two separate accidents involving SEPTA trolleys, a lawsuit for fraudulent pain cream prescriptions, and an accident involving a pedestrian being struck by a truck in Gloucester County, NJ.
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1 Dead, 3 Injured In Two Separate Trolley Accidents In Philadelphia
Last week in Philadelphia, there were two separate accidents involving SEPTA trolleys on Girard Avenue.
In the first accident, on Wednesday, September 27th, a 36-year-old woman was driving in a vehicle with two children when she collided with a trolley on West Girard Avenue. The woman was traveling westbound while the trolley was traveling eastbound.
Police say the victim likely crossed over the median before colliding head-on with the trolley. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two children were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The second accident occurred on Saturday, September 30th near the intersection of Girard Avenue and 41st Street in West Philadelphia. A 38-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a SEPTA Route 15 trolley, which was traveling eastbound when the accident happened. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, but her condition was not released.
Philadelphia-Area Doctors, Pharmacists Sued For Prescribing Fraudulent Pain Creams
Several doctors, pharmacists, and related professionals practicing in the Philadelphia area have been named in a lawsuit alleging that they prescribed $4.7 million in fraudulent pain creams.
Liberty Mutual Insurance filed the lawsuit on September 14th, claiming that the 18 doctors named in the suit have been sending workers’ compensation patients to pharmacies where the doctors have a financial interest. These pharmacies would then allegedly bill employers’ insurance companies for large quantities of pain creams at inflated prices. One of the doctors named in the suit owns 12.25 percent of 700 Pharmacy, which was one of the eight pharmacies also named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges that these pain creams were manufactured in large batches, rather than being tailored to the specific needs of individual patients. This is a violation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
Pedestrian Struck By Pickup Truck In Gloucester County
A pedestrian was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden after being struck by a pickup truck on Route 322 in Gloucester County on Monday, October 2nd. The man was crossing 322 on foot when he was struck by the truck. He suffered lower leg injuries and was listed in critical but stable condition.
No summonses have been issued for the accident, which is still under investigation.