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January 3, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Elkins Park woman who has a previous drunken-driving conviction was charged Monday with causing her husband's death in an alleged DUI accident in Lower Moreland in August. Alexandria Cogan, 54, was arraigned on charges including a felony count of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. The accident occurred Aug. 19 on Huntingdon Pike near Spur Road. Cogan was driving a Mazda Miata convertible with the top down when it crossed over the yellow lines and slammed into a Toyota Camry, police said.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have identified the Bella Vista woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night. Theresa M. Pozzi, 33, was crossing State Road in Holmesburg to get to a bus stop around 5:20 p.m. when she was hit by a truck, police said. The truck fled northbound on State Road. Pozzi was pronounced dead about an hour later at Aria Torresdale Hospital. Accident investigators are searching for an dark-colored older model truck - possibly a pickup truck or a tow truck, police said.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia publishing company owner and his companion were struck and killed by a car Wednesday night while crossing the street near their new home in Deerfield Beach, Fla. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said Philip J. Kendall, 85, former president of Packard Press, and Francine Freedman, 80, had moved to the beachside community near Boca Raton this week. At 7:06 p.m., the two were crossing Ocean Drive at mid-block when a 2007 Lexus RX350 driven by Mark Lasman, 64, of Boca Raton, hit them, the Sheriff's Office said.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old Bucks County high school student was struck and killed early Wednesday by an SUV when the 18-year-old driver failed to stop for a school bus even though its stop arm was deployed and its lights were flashing, officials said. They said the victim was crossing Bensalem Boulevard in Bensalem when the incident occurred in predawn darkness about 6:30 a.m. "You've got two sets of lives here," said Fred Harran, the township's public-safety director. In addition to the victim, he said, the driver, who has not been charged but was being questioned, is "not going to get that out of his head.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AN 18-YEAR-OLD student driving to school in Bensalem yesterday struck and killed a 16-year-old girl crossing the street to catch her school bus, police said. Police say the motorist - whom they did not identify or charge - drove his 1984 Ford Bronco II past the flashing red lights and stop arm of the bus and hit Minete Zeka, who was in the crosswalk. The 6:40 a.m. accident happened at Bensalem Boulevard at Bridgewater Road, an intersection with no crossing guard. Zeka, a sophomore at Bensalem High School, died shortly afterward at Aria Health's Torresdale hospital.
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
An unseasonable winter storm bore down on the region Wednesday, scuttling scores of airline flights and snarling traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year. During the afternoon hours, when many Thanksgiving travelers might normally climb into their cars, snow had started to blanket the northern and western suburbs, with as much as eight inches forecast for the hardest-hit areas. Police reported scores of minor car accidents. Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey, and by 6:30 p.m., 169 flights had been canceled and hundreds more delayed at Philadelphia International Airport.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN who was involved in an accident that killed an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter was sentenced yesterday to 30 to 60 days in county jail. Teddy Wilson had been convicted of DUI by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, and acquitted of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. "This was a very, very difficult case to try," the judge said yesterday. After reviewing witness accounts, "I am absolutely convinced in a system where the commonwealth bears the burden . . . there was absolutely no way any fair fact finder could determine . . . who was responsible for this accident.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A SEPTA worker involved in a fatal 2009 Regional Rail accident is fighting a federal effort to disqualify him from safety-sensitive rail work until 2019. Vance Almond, 57, of South Philadelphia, contends he is being made a scapegoat in the death of rail inspector Kevin Sparks, who was hit and killed by a West Trenton train on Nov. 5, 2009, during a transit strike. About 8:30 a.m. that day, Train 327 was coming out of a curve at 65 m.p.h., traveling south on tracks usually used by northbound trains, just south of the Melrose Park station, federal accident investigators found.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since the mid-1990s, the rate of vehicle crashes for teenagers has plunged thanks to graduated driver licensing laws that restrict driving privileges until teens gain experience behind the wheel. "But even with these graduated driver licensing systems, crashes are still the leading cause of death and disability in teens," said epidemiolo- gist Allison Curry, director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A new study led by Curry suggests that states can make their graduated licensing systems even more effective by requiring young drivers to display a teen driver decal on their vehicles.
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