A city man was killed Thursday when he drove through a red light on Schuylkill Avenue at Buttonwood Street while talking on a cellphone and his car was hit broadside by a work van, authorities said.
Jose E. DeJesus Garcia, 53, who investigators said lived in the northwestern area of the city not far from the crash site, was pulled from the car by a nearby resident as the vehicle caught fire following the 8:25 a.m. accident. He died before police arrived.
Within minutes, police vehicles, firetrucks and ambulances filled a one-block area that was strewn with mangled vehicle parts. Firefighters quickly put out the burning car.
City detectives and evidence technicians responded along with patrol officers. The intersection was closed nearly four hours, slowing commuter traffic on other routes.