September 27, 2013 |
Relatives of a 55-year-old man who died of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident with an off-duty Philadelphia police officer held a vigil Wednesday night to demand that the officer face criminal charges. The accident at State Road and Ashburner Street in Northeast Philadelphia occurred Sept. 14, and David Farries died three days later at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. The officer, who has not been officially identified, was treated at the same hospital. The District Attorney's Office is investigating the accident and has said it was awaiting toxicology reports for both drivers and other investigative conclusions before deciding whether the officer would be charged.
September 26, 2013 |
A report by an anti-fracking group found an increased incidence of traffic accidents, arrests and sexually transmitted infections in rural Pennsylvania counties where Marcellus Shale drilling was most intense. The analysis of state data from 2005 to 2011 by Food & Water Watch showed heavy truck crashes increased 7.2 percent compared to a 12.4 percent decline in areas unaffected by drilling; disorderly conduct arrests increased 17.1 percent compared to a 12.7 percent increase in areas outside the shale-gas play; and the number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases increased 32.4 percent in drilling areas, compared to a 20.1 percent elsewhere.
August 17, 2013 |
After being convicted of what is believed to be the only third-degree murder charge based on speeding in Pennsylvania, a Bucks County man was sentenced Thursday to eight to 25 years in prison for a drag-racing crash that killed a 9-year-old girl and maimed her grandmother. "If I could trade places with them, I would do it, I would do it right now," Drew Bodden, 38, told the family before his sentencing, his voice cracking. "I am sorry to the deepest depths of my soul. " Bodden, of Plumstead, drove his souped-up Mustang more than 140 m.p.h.
August 8, 2013 |
THE NIGHT after last month's Brickyard 400, Tony Stewart's sprint car flipped five times during a race at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario. Stewart was not injured. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion wasn't as lucky Monday night. Stewart broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in an accident during a sprint-car race on Southern Iowa Speedway's dirt track. He had surgery early yesterday at a Des Moines hospital and remained there for observation. His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, also said he would need a second operation but did not reveal other details.
August 4, 2013 |
A terrible accident. That's how police are describing the death of 30-year-old woman who plunged early Friday from a 12th-floor balcony at a posh waterfront apartment building in South Philadelphia. The woman - who worked at Club Risque but whose name police have not released - dropped her cellphone about 4 a.m. from a friend's balcony at the Dockside condominiums on the 700 block of South Christopher Columbus Blvd. The phone had fallen onto a neighbor's patio eight floors below, police said.
July 30, 2013 |
An off-duty South Jersey police officer died Saturday night after losing control of his motorcycle and getting struck by a pickup truck driven by a Burlington County detective, New Jersey State Police said. Moorestown Officer Craig Berner, 52, lost control of his 1995 Honda about 10 p.m. on Burlington County Route 614, also known as Westfield Road, in the township, police said. After Berner fell from his motorcycle, which was traveling east on Route 614, he landed in a westbound lane, where he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by William McGovern, 60, of Mount Laurel.
July 30, 2013 |
CRAIG BERNER was just a few miles from home in Moorestown, the town where he went to high school, worked and raised his kids, when his motorcycle crossed the center line Saturday night, police said. Berner, a 26-year-veteran of the Moorestown Police Department, was off-duty and heading east on Westfield Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his 1995 Honda motorcycle, said Sgt. Adam Grossman of the New Jersey State Police. Berner was thrown from the motorcycle, into the westbound lane, and struck by a Ford F-150, Grossman said.
July 27, 2013
Four people were injured when a SEPTA bus rear-ended a dump truck Thursday afternoon on the Schuylkill Expressway near Center City, an agency spokesman said. The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. between the Girard Avenue and Montgomery Drive exits, said Andrew Busch. Four passengers on the eastbound Route 9 bus were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with injuries that were not life-threatening. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran
July 20, 2013 |
The driver blamed by police for the death of a mother and three of her young children on Roosevelt Boulevard has had eight serious moving violations, from speeding to reckless driving, and had his license suspended in 2011, police said Thursday. Khusen Akhmedov, 23, of Lancaster, has been charged with four ungraded counts of murder in the deaths of Samara Banks and her children Saa'deem Griffin, 4; Saa'sean Williams, 23 months; and Saa'mir Williams, 9 months. Also charged with four counts of murder was Ahmen Holloman of Philadelphia.
July 19, 2013 |
TO HEAR Fatima Akhmedov tell it, her twin brother Khusen wasn't drag racing when he hit and killed Samara Banks and three of her four young sons as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard on Tuesday on their way home from a day of family fun. "This is just an accident, this was not meant to be," said Fatima Akhmedov, 22, speaking by phone from her parents' Lancaster home. "He was not racing. He was not even speeding. He was just driving. He swear to us, we believe him: 'Father, mom, I did not speed.