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June 13, 1995 | By Larry Parker and S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS Inquirer correspondent Terri Sanginiti contributed to this article
Sunday was supposed to be a special day for Bethany Reale of Mount Holly. Instead, her 13th birthday turned out to be the last day of her life. Bethany Reale was killed when the 1988 Chevrolet Celebrity driven by her mother, 39-year-old Gayla Reale, was struck by a second car at the corner of Creek Road and Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road, just north of Route 38, at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. She died at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in Mount Holly at about 5:55 p.m., said state police spokesman Al Della Fave.
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June 27, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this article were the Associated Press, United Press International and the Boston Globe.)
The 13-year-old daughter of country singer George Strait was killed in a car accident late Wednesday, and the driver was charged yesterday with criminally negligent homicide. A Texas public-safety spokesman said Jennifer Strait was riding with two teenage male friends in a car driven by William Allen McDonald, 16, on a rural road outside San Marcos when the car failed to negotiate a curve, skidded sideways, rolled over and landed on its top in a ditch. The spokesman said that "excessive speed" contributed to the accident.
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March 20, 1996 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Rescue workers prepare to move the victim of a crash on the Vine Street Expressway yesterday. No one was killed in the accident.
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January 24, 2011 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Four-thirty in the morning, John Alessi was asleep in a Syracuse, N.Y., hotel room, away on business, when the phone rang. It was his son's best friend, Tyler. "Mr. Alessi, I'm real sorry, but I think Ben's dead. " Ben wasn't dead, but he was badly hurt. A car had hit him as he and several friends crossed Delaware Avenue outside the Roxxy nightclub. The impact - he went through the windshield, then into the air and onto the pavement - broke his jaw and several ribs and vertebrae, and left a deep gash in his scalp.
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May 4, 1996 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Rescue workers assist one of two police officers injured in a six-vehicle accident yesterday in West Philadelphia. The driver of a 1987 Plymouth was headed east on Chestnut Street near 55th when he struck a 16th District van, police said. That impact caused the van to hit a parked vehicle; three more parked cars were also hit.
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April 27, 1996 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
A firefighter hoses down the scene of an accident involving a Jeep Cherokee and a Toyota minivan on Lincoln Drive yesterday afternoon. Police said the Jeep, driven by William Hunter, of West Philadelphia, was going south on Lincoln Drive when it crossed into the northbound lane and was in collision with the minivan driven by Stuart Greenleaf, of Huntingdon Valley. Five fender-benders on Lincoln Drive and four on Kelly Drive were blamed on slippery roads. Injuries were relatively minor.
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November 19, 2009 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Cherry Hill bicyclist was recovering from fractures to her face, a leg, and a vertebra yesterday after being struck in Medford by a driver who was texting about a drug deal, according to police. Lisa Granert, 42, was riding on Route 70, wearing a reflective vest and a helmet, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday when a car driven by Robert Sharrer, 28, of Browns Mills, hit her, police said. Sharrer told police that he had been texting when his 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass wandered onto the shoulder, Lt. Jeffrey Wagner said.
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September 20, 1992 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two drivers involved in an accident that left three people injured and 156 residents without electricity after a utility pole was struck in Wrightstown have been charged with drunken driving. Marie E. Costa, 21, of 2100 Atkinson Place, Holland, and Anthony Roscoe, 28, of Voorhees, N.J., were charged Wednesday with drunken driving, driving while under suspension and driving at an unsafe speed in the accident, which occurred Sept. 4 on Route 232 at Pine Lane. Police said Costa and Roscoe know each other.
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October 19, 1999 | By Elisa Ung, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors yesterday dropped homicide charges against a 15-year-old girl in connection with a September accident in which a car she was driving struck and killed a man in Southwest Philadelphia. The girl admitted, during a hearing in juvenile court, to leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality and to using a vehicle without authorization. She faces sentencing Nov. 22. The girl, Teneshia Lewis, was driving a gray 1986 Chrysler LeBaron with two other girls when the car hit Royal Turner, 65, in the 1400 block of South Hanson Street around 9:30 p.m. Sept.
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November 12, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A freak accident in the Grenloch area of Washington Township knocked out electric power to more than 5,200 customers yesterday, according to a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Electric Co. Washington Township police said a backhoe being transported on a flatbed trailer fell over on its side at 6:50 a.m. on Grenloch-Hurffville Road near County House Road, as the tractor-trailer was making a turn, and knocked down an electric transformer housed on...
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July 18, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Mayfair man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence Thursday and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison for hitting and killing a man on crutches as he crossed Frankford Avenue. George Mullen, 26, said he was "truly sorry" for the June 6, 2014, accident that killed Timothy Quisito, 49, of Holmesburg, as he crossed Frankford Avenue at Sheffield Avenue. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home because of me," Mullen told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe.
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July 17, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writershawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A DRIVER WHO struck a man crossing a street on crutches last year pleaded guilty Thursday and apologized for taking another man's life. "I'm so sorry someone lost his life in this situation," George Mullen, 26, said before Common Pleas Judge J. Scott O'Keefe. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home. " It was about 11 p.m. June 6, 2014, when Mullen, driving a Ford Taurus north on Frankford Avenue, just past Sheffield Avenue in Holmesburg, struck Timothy Quisito, 49, Assistant District Attorney Alisa Shver said.
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July 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE yesterday ruled that a driver speeding on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago when he smashed into a mother and three of her young sons was indeed racing another driver and that his actions rose to the level of third-degree murder. "Not only did he treat Roosevelt Boulevard as his own personal roadway, he treated it as his own personal speedway," Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff said of defendant Khusen Akhmedov. Geroff yesterday convicted Akhmedov, 24, of four counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the deadly crash that killed Samara Banks, 27, and three of her sons, who were crossing the Boulevard at 2nd Street about 10:20 p.m. July 16, 2013.
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July 13, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. "These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important icons, and right by a major water supply," said Tracy Carluccio, director of special projects at Delaware Riverkeeper Network, one of the groups that organized the rally at Schuylkill River Trails park, near tracks used by oil trains daily.
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July 11, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Berks County man who failed to secure the trailer portion of the truck he was driving, which resulted in a fatal accident, has been charged with homicide by vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. The crash occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on April 27 in Lower Providence Township. Edwin Olivo, 44, of West Reading, was driving with an invalid license and speeding, officials said. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Olivo "was reckless in so many different ways on the road that day. " Officials said Olivo set out from a business in Reading and was northbound on South Park Avenue when speeding caused the vehicle to veer out of its lane.
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May 29, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
WILDWOOD, N.J. - The ties that bind Emily Negersmith to this resort town are the reason she's never been here. Negersmith, 27, lives in New York City, and the closest she's come to this popular Cape May County spot was earlier this month when she traveled to the county prosecutor's office to sit down with detectives. That is about 11 miles from the back door of the eclectic seafood restaurant in the heart of Wildwood where her sister, Susan Negersmith, was found dead on Memorial Day weekend 25 years ago. Emily was just 2 years old when her sister was murdered, and she has only a hazy recollection of her big sister at a family picnic and a brief diary the college student made for her. She's well-versed in the specifics, though, and in the muddled history of the autopsy and investigation that has frustrated her family, and she's committed to keeping her sister's name alive until a killer is caught.
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May 24, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The North Philadelphia teen charged with the hit-and-run accident that critically injured a Temple University senior waived his preliminary hearing Friday and his lawyer said he would accept responsibility and likely plead guilty. The waiver means the case against Rashan Roberts - charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury - proceeds to trial. Roberts, 18, surrendered to police May 6 after his parents contacted authorities and told them their son, who had a learner's permit, was the driver of the silver 2012 Mitsubishi Galant that hit 22-year-old Rachel Hall.
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May 15, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It may take months to figure out exactly what caused the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday, which left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured. But it makes sense to take a close look at the ancient railroad tracks being used by modern trains built for higher speeds. While U.S. passengers rattle around in trains that rarely reach maximum speeds because they might careen off creaky tracks, trains in China safely move people at 300 miles an hour. How do the Chinese do what Americans don't?
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May 10, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pedestrian was killed this afternoon in Chinatown when she was run over by a Ride the Ducks trolley. The accident happened about 5:15 at 10th and Arch Streets. The woman, whose name wasn't available, was declared at the scene. It was not clear immediately how the accident happened, but the scene was filled with rescue personnel and investigators. dsapatkin@phillynews.com 215-854-2617 @DonSapatkin
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