January 17, 2016 |
Just before he was to be sentenced Friday for setting an 11-year-old boy on fire last year in West Philadelphia, the teenage defendant told the court that it had been an accident, apologized to the victim's mother, and asked a Common Pleas Court judge for forgiveness. "I am very sorry for what I did," Rayfiq Tiggle, 16, of West Philadelphia, who was charged as an adult, told Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner. He said he had not intended to injure the boy. The incident, he said, was an accident that came about because he had been playing with a cigarette lighter.
December 23, 2015 |
The 2015 black Chevrolet Camaro that slammed into a parked tractor-trailer, killing three women in Holmesburg early Sunday, was speeding, perhaps more than double the 35-m.p.h. limit, investigators said. Police said Amonie Nicole Barton, 25, of Yeadon, was driving the rented car. Giavanna Scavo, 22, of Northeast Philadelphia, was in the passenger seat. The third victim, seated in the back, has not yet been identified, police said Monday. Barton lost control of the car, which was northbound, and it hit the truck head-on.
December 19, 2015
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night next to a Montgomery County college, authorities said. The accident was reported at 6:31 p.m. at Main Street and Sixth Avenue next to Ursinus College in Collegeville, a county dispatcher said. The county coroner was called to the scene. No information was immediately available on whether the victim had a connection to the college. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran
December 10, 2015 |
Ashley Barber was sitting on the passenger side. Her sister Amanda was driving. It was 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning last year, and the two were singing along to a Fetty Wap song after stopping at Dunkin' Donuts. They were heading up the Northeast Extension to Allentown to pick up their great aunt and take her back to their grandmother's house in Maple Glen. That's the last thing the Upper Dublin senior remembers. She doesn't recall the 18-wheeler truck that rear-ended their vehicle.
December 4, 2015 |
A trash truck leaked oil over more than 2 miles of wet roadway in Delaware County, resulting in two accidents and a major traffic mess Wednesday morning, officials said. Sarah Jane White, 78, of Media, suffered minor injuries after she drove through the oil on Glen Riddle Road in Middletown Township and lost control of her car, which then hit a tree near the intersection with Wrights Lane around 10 a.m. She was taken to Riddle Hospital. A state trooper heading to the accident scene was involved in a minor accident less than a mile away at the intersection of Glen Riddle Road and Route 452. The oil spill, caused by a mechanical malfunction of a Laxton Enterprises Trash Removal truck, spanned from Baltimore Pike to Route 452, state police said.
December 4, 2015 |
MAYBE FRANK Rizzo could've sorted this out. Because even Rizzo, the hard-nosed Philadelphia police commissioner-turned-mayor, saw his son-in-law Joseph Vito Mastronardo Jr. for what he was: a good man. Maybe Rizzo could have explained to the prosecutors and the judge that "Joe Vito" was actually a kindhearted genius and a compassionate workaholic who was generous to a fault - even if he made a living as an unrepentant sports bookmaker....
November 23, 2015 |
Michael Toner awoke Friday before dawn, excited and anxious about his meeting at the theater. His first since the accident, his first since he lost his leg. So much depended on the meeting. If his physical therapists and his director agreed he was ready - and most important, if he believed he was - it would lead to the stage. His role awaits him. It has been there, drawing ever closer since that night in June when the veteran Philadelphia stage actor lost his left leg in a Center City hit-and-run.
November 15, 2015 |
For years, Pennsylvania State University students have stood at intersections and storefronts from Boston to Washington holding cans and soliciting donations for Thon, the world's largest student-run philanthropy, a benefit for childhood cancer victims and research. And many of the group's 15,000 student volunteers would have been "canning" again this weekend if not for a car accident in late September that killed one student as she and six others were returning from a canning weekend in Chester County.
November 8, 2015 |
A Montgomery County man was found guilty Friday in the death of a friend in a 2013 accident that caused his car to explode and split in half. But the jury that convicted Sean Sperl, 23, of Lansdale, of homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident, acquitted him of the most serious charge - DUI homicide - in the crash that killed Ryan Petrille, 21. That count would have carried a mandatory minimum three-year jail term, as opposed to...
November 4, 2015 |
It began as a fun April day. A group of 21-year-olds from Lansdale went to Citizens Bank Park. They drank beer and liquor before and during the game. The Phillies beat the Pirates, 3-2. Hours later, one of them lay dead in Salford Township, thrown from the backseat of a car that hit a utility pole. Ryan Petrille's two friends abandoned his body and fled the scene, prosecutors said Monday in the opening arguments of a DUI homicide trial in Montgomery County. Sean Sperl, 23, is charged with driving under the influence and killing Petrille in the 2013 accident.