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May 29, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
WILDWOOD, N.J. - The ties that bind Emily Negersmith to this resort town are the reason she's never been here. Negersmith, 27, lives in New York City, and the closest she's come to this popular Cape May County spot was earlier this month when she traveled to the county prosecutor's office to sit down with detectives. That is about 11 miles from the back door of the eclectic seafood restaurant in the heart of Wildwood where her sister, Susan Negersmith, was found dead on Memorial Day weekend 25 years ago. Emily was just 2 years old when her sister was murdered, and she has only a hazy recollection of her big sister at a family picnic and a brief diary the college student made for her. She's well-versed in the specifics, though, and in the muddled history of the autopsy and investigation that has frustrated her family, and she's committed to keeping her sister's name alive until a killer is caught.
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May 24, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The North Philadelphia teen charged with the hit-and-run accident that critically injured a Temple University senior waived his preliminary hearing Friday and his lawyer said he would accept responsibility and likely plead guilty. The waiver means the case against Rashan Roberts - charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury - proceeds to trial. Roberts, 18, surrendered to police May 6 after his parents contacted authorities and told them their son, who had a learner's permit, was the driver of the silver 2012 Mitsubishi Galant that hit 22-year-old Rachel Hall.
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May 15, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It may take months to figure out exactly what caused the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday, which left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured. But it makes sense to take a close look at the ancient railroad tracks being used by modern trains built for higher speeds. While U.S. passengers rattle around in trains that rarely reach maximum speeds because they might careen off creaky tracks, trains in China safely move people at 300 miles an hour. How do the Chinese do what Americans don't?
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May 10, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pedestrian was killed this afternoon in Chinatown when she was run over by a Ride the Ducks trolley. The accident happened about 5:15 at 10th and Arch Streets. The woman, whose name wasn't available, was declared at the scene. It was not clear immediately how the accident happened, but the scene was filled with rescue personnel and investigators. dsapatkin@phillynews.com 215-854-2617 @DonSapatkin
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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.
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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.
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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.
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