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A 20-year veteran police sergeant died in a horrific car crash in Port Richmond late last night as he was responding to a robbery - six months after his then-partner, Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, was fatally gunned down nearby after a bank holdup.
Sgt. Tim Simpson, of the 24th District in North Philadelphia, was struck and killed by another motorist, reportedly a drunk driver, at Allegheny and Aramingo avenues at roughly 10:45 p.m., police said. After being struck, Simpson's patrol car rammed a building at the intersection. He was extricated from the mangled car and transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.
Debris from the accident was scattered over about 50 feet.
The death of Simpson was a grim milestone in what has been the deadliest period in recent memory for the Philadelphia Police Department.
The sergeant - who just marked his 20-year anniversary on the force on Friday, according to public records - is the fourth to die in the line of duty this year and the fifth to die in just more than a year.
"This is a tragic night, early morning, for the entire city of Philadelphia," Mayor Nutter said this morning outside Temple Hospital. "He was a good officer trying to do his duty."
Simpson leaves behind a wife and three kids.
Details of Simpson's accident were sketchy early this morning.
At the accident scene, the cruiser hit the corner of a two-story building. The other car was destroyed.
No information was immediately available on the condition of the other motorist or whether charges had been filed against him. Published reports said there were two civilians in the second car.
Ironically, because of his tie to Liczbinski, Simpson played a role in the arrest of one of his partner's three alleged killers, Eric Floyd, back in early May.
Following a police tradition, a wagon from the 24th District, where Liczbinski worked, was called in to transport the prisoner downtown. It was Simpson who placed the slain sergeant's handcuffs on Floyd.
Meanwhile, the besieged Police Department is still reeling from the deaths of two other officers in September.
Sgt. Patrick McDonald was killed on Sept. 23 during a shootout after a traffic stop. And Officer Isabel Nazario was also killed in an accident, on Sept 5. She was the passenger in a police cruiser when a driver in a stolen Cadillac Escalade slammed into her car. *

Story From: Philadelphia Daily News
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