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May 10, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writers
A tourist from Texas was run over and killed by a Ride the Ducks vehicle as she walked through one of the city's busiest intersections at the height of Friday evening's rush hour. She was struck about 5:20 at 11th and Arch Streets, across from the Convention Center and down the block from the Reading Terminal Market. The woman, Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, of Beaumont, died at the scene. Witnesses told police she was crossing southbound against the light. Her husband was several feet ahead.
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May 9, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested Robert Roberts, 18, of North Philadelphia, in an April 28 hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a Temple University student. Police said Roberts, also known as Rashan Roberts, turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury, which carries a minimum sentence of 90 days in jail. Capt. Robert Wilczynski of the department's accident investigation unit said the teenager would likely have faced no charges had he stayed on the scene.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE THIS WEEK arrested one driver for a drunken-driving accident last summer that killed a pedestrian and another driver for a hit-and-run collision last month that grievously injured a Temple University senior. Capt. John Wilczynski, commander of the Accident Investigation Division, said yesterday that Erica Zanczuk, 30, of Morrell Park, was charged in last summer's death of Justin Reidy, 22. Reidy was standing on the sidewalk, waiting for a bus, on Academy Road near the Northeast Philadelphia Airport just after 3 a.m. on Aug. 1 when Zanczuk lost control of her speeding 1997 Nissan Pathfinder, jumped the curb, hit Reidy and then slammed into a utility pole, knocking it to the ground, police said.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
LAUREN FERRETT, a recent arrival to Philadelphia, has grown accustomed to seeing drivers make U-turns right in front of her. But when the Bella Vista resident drove south on Columbus Boulevard about 6:05 last night, she could not believe her eyes. A SEPTA bus made a left turn at Dickinson Street, but continued into a U-turn and ended on the train tracks that run down the middle of the boulevard - directly in front of an idle freight train. "I realized [the driver] wasn't making a U-turn onto the road but onto the train tracks, and the driver got stuck there," she said.
NEWS
April 10, 2015
ISSUE | DIGITAL SIGNS Hazard in plain sight Put aside the fact that the six-story, full-motion video billboards recently approved by City Council were overwhelmingly opposed by the Planning Commission; are grossly out of scale with their surroundings; generate no meaningful revenue for the city; and benefit only their owner/operator, two nonprofits chosen by that owner/operator, and commercial advertisers. There's an even bigger concern, and that's safety. This legislation should be vetoed by the mayor because these signs are inherently dangerous.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speeding and inattentive driving caused a flaming truck accident near the Betsy Ross Bridge last month that caused about $1 million in damage and closed a busy highway ramp for several days, police said. The driver of the fuel tanker truck, Brian Ervin, 48, of Bear, Del., was cited for careless driving and illegal possession of multiple driver's licenses. The truck was owned by TK Transport Inc. of Pennsauken. The accident report by Delaware River Port Authority police concluded that Ervin was driving faster than 40 m.p.h.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writers
Freezing rain, slush, and snow made driving treacherous across much of the region Sunday, causing numerous crashes, some involving multiple injuries. The icy conditions prompted authorities to reduce the speed limit to 45 m.p.h. on most highways. More than 400 flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were canceled as the Federal Aviation Administration slowed traffic to cope with the storm and highway delays. Staffers were preparing to hand out cots, blankets, and water bottles if delays left travelers stranded after midnight, spokeswoman Diane Gerace said.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Heavy snow Saturday wreaked havoc on regional transportation systems, causing flight cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport, mass-transit delays, and a spike in motor-vehicle accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground stop for several hours barring flights from taking off from the airport. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said the action was taken because of the reduced visibility and high winds in the storm. The FAA lifted the ground stop in the late afternoon, but about 20 percent of flights into and out of the airport were canceled, and flight delays persisted the rest of the day. A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia region's petroleum refineries, many of which faced closure four years ago, have experienced an economic revival, thanks to the arrival of a virtual pipeline of domestic crude oil by rail. But the same petroleum from North Dakota's Bakken oil field has been implicated in a succession of dramatic North American rail accidents in the last two years, most recently Monday in West Virginia. Video images of orange fireballs erupting from crumpled tank cars near the village of Mount Carbon last week reignited concerns that the same thing could happen here.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
By all accounts, it was an accident. Cpl. Richard Schroeter had led countless classes in his 12 years as a Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor. He had taught the same class several times that week, always carefully unloading his weapon and following "the four cardinal rules of firearms safety," according to Montgomery County grand jury testimony. But on Sept. 30, Schroeter told investigators, he "did not perform a safety check of his Sig Sauer" pistol. When he squeezed the trigger, the five troopers sitting around a conference table "saw a flash, heard a sound, and saw Trooper Kedra jump," the grand jury wrote.
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