Erica KeelAge 21
23 Mar 2007
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
TDoR list ref: tdor.info/23 Mar 2007/Erica Keels
Erica was repeatedly struck by a car.
Motorist Roland Bottom struck African-American trans woman Erica Keel at about 2 a.m. March 21, 2007, at Broad and Thompson streets in North Philadelphia. Erica, 21, died two days later at Hahnemann University Hospital from multiple injuries. The city’s Medical Examiner’s Office classified her death as a “hit-and-run accident.”
Witnesses and friends of Keel refute that Keel’s death was accidental. Keel was engaged in sex work at the time, and witnesses claimed to have seen Keel enter the car at Broad Street and Girard Avenue. The car then headed North one block, where witnesses say the driver ejected Keel from the car and run over her four times as she lay in the street.
The driver, Roland Bottom, fled the scene but was later apprehended by police. He has yet to face criminal charges, including “hit and run.” When friends of Erica, who are themselves transgender, questioned police officials about the classification of Erica’s death as an “accident,” they were asked to disclose their “birth” names and were told they were “trying to make something out of nothing.”