Woman run over by police car in Kensington park dies

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A woman who was run over by a police cruiser in a Kensington park a week earlier has died, police said Wednesday.


Michelle Kolk, 40, was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Police have said that about 4:25 p.m. April 18, two police officers were in a cruiser on a path for pedestrians and authorized vehicles in McPherson Square, on the 3000 block of F Street, while conducting an investigation, when the driver of the cruiser reversed and struck a woman.


Denise Dietrich, 49, of Fox Chase, a sister of Kolk’s boyfriend, has said that Kolk remained unconscious and on life support. She said Kolk’s injuries included a broken pelvis, broken ribs and a large cut across her face.

Dietrich said that Kolk lived with her boyfriend in Northeast Philadelphia and is previously from Bucks County. Kolk has two daughters, ages 7 months and about 7 years old.

Police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said last Friday that the two male officers with the 24th District remained on full duty, but the one who was driving, a 17-year veteran, has been placed on non-driving status at his commander’s discretion.





The investigation into how the officer driving the car struck Kolk remains ongoing with the police Accident Investigation District.

Kinebrew has said the woman was “absolutely an innocent bystander” and was not part of the police investigation in the park. He has declined to say what the officers were investigating. 











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