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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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March 24, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of airplanes traverse Taxiway S at Philadelphia International Airport each day to reach and take off from a primary airport runway, 27 Left. An April 2009 repaving of the taxiway, also known as Taxiway Sierra, has been the focus of sharp disagreement - and now, a lawsuit. City Controller Alan Butkovitz has refused to approve a final $65,000 payment to the contractor, A.P. Construction of Blackwood, Camden County, contending the contractor used a lower grade of asphalt than was specified.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY AGREED that the 2012-13 season was going to be the best ever for the Atlantic 10. With recent Final Four participants VCU and Butler new to the conference and the tournament moving to the just-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the league was poised to become even more of a national factor. When five teams (Saint Louis, VCU, Butler, Temple and La Salle) ended up in the NCAA Tournament, it was obvious that everybody was right. It was a great season for the league. Still, even as La Salle was set to play in the Sweet 16 as the final A-10 team alive, the storm clouds hovered over the league.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUSTIN, Texas - Two people were killed and 23 hospitalized early Thursday after a car crashed through temporary barricades into a crowd of pedestrians at the South by Southwest Music festival. The mood was dark at the Austin Convention Center, headquarters of the festival, later Thursday. SXSW managing director Roland Swenson issued a statement saying "the SXSW staff is stunned and deeply moved by the events of last night. " He said the festival planned "to carry on with our scheduled daytime events" and added, "We are contacting all of the venues to find out if they have made any decisions about our operations that impact our visitors.
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March 11, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
DOCTORS DID all they could, but were unable to save State Police Trooper Joseph Miller's pregnant wife - or the baby she was carrying - after he shot her Friday afternoon inside their East Norriton home. Authorities say it appears to have been an accidental discharge of his personal .45-caliber pistol. Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman, who performed the autopsies, said yesterday that the baby did not respond to treatment after doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section on JoAnne Miller, who was about 22 weeks pregnant.
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March 7, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDDYSTONE A waterfront rail terminal in Eddystone, a small Delaware County borough, will soon become a major center for transporting crude oil to area refineries. While officials applaud the project as a boost to the local economy, they also point to the threat of a disaster in the state's growing oil-by-rail industry. "Make no mistake," said former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon. "An incident involving rail transport of oil will occur in the commonwealth, and lives, including first responders' lives, and property will be put at risk.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A silent nod was the closest thing to an apology they got, Doreen Thomas-Payne later said. She noticed it as she sat in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday, describing the effect on her family after an off-duty Pennsylvania State Police officer got drunk two years ago and plowed his car into one driven by her cousin, Robin Taneisha Williams, who died. "I would like you to know Taneisha would have been 23 years old next week, just starting her life," Thomas-Payne told Barry Searfoss Jr. "I just want you to know how much she loved us and cared about us. " Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio sentenced Searfoss, 42, of Coatesville, to six to 23 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
Slick pavement, speeding drivers, and poor visibility due to sun glare were among the factors that led to last week's massive pileup on the turnpike, state police said Friday. Legislative and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials also announced that they would investigate the causes of and emergency response to the accident, which damaged about 100 vehicles and injured at least 25 people. And Gov. Corbett directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to review the state's response to this winter's storms, which, in addition to the turnpike mash-up, have caused widespread power outages and dumped large amounts of snow across the state.
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February 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN Hector Echevarria closes his eyes at night, all he sees is William Hopkins' face. After all, they were inseparable since childhood, playing pickup basketball and handball in the streets of Northeast Philadelphia. "Ever since then, he was by my side," said Echevarria, 18. "We were always together. " They stayed close throughout high school - Echevarria drove Hopkins to Northeast High every day. In return, Hopkins would cook for his buddy, whipping up plates of breaded chicken and Spanish rice in the Echevarria family kitchen on Mascher Street near Tabor Road in Olney.
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February 6, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODLAND TWP. It was a balmy Sunday afternoon, in the 50s, when Philip Raimondo and two other ATV drivers trekked across an 88-acre lake deceptively covered in ice. Raimondo drove about 400 yards from shore, the accompanying drivers told New Jersey state police, when terror struck. The ice began to crack. Raimondo, screaming for help, began to sink. He resurfaced moments later, slicing through ice to swim to shore, police said. Then he plunged for good. On Tuesday afternoon, after a search hampered by heavy snow and freezing temperatures, dive teams found what they believed to be Raimondo's body.
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January 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The last minutes of Jennifer Fitzpatrick's life played out in a Philadelphia courtroom Thursday on an audiotape of 911 calls and anguished testimony by her mother and the man charged with killing her. "I just ran over to her and picked her head up, and she died in my arms," said a weeping Colleen Fitzpatrick, recalling her 37-year-old daughter's Feb. 26, 2013, shooting by estranged boyfriend Anthony Alexander. Fitzpatrick glared at Alexander, 62, nattily dressed in a tan three-piece suit at the defense table.
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