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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.
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November 23, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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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.
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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January 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
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.
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December 23, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
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.
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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  
SPORTS
December 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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....
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November 23, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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November 15, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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November 4, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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