July 15, 2015 |
A JUDGE yesterday ruled that a driver speeding on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago when he smashed into a mother and three of her young sons was indeed racing another driver and that his actions rose to the level of third-degree murder. "Not only did he treat Roosevelt Boulevard as his own personal roadway, he treated it as his own personal speedway," Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff said of defendant Khusen Akhmedov. Geroff yesterday convicted Akhmedov, 24, of four counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the deadly crash that killed Samara Banks, 27, and three of her sons, who were crossing the Boulevard at 2nd Street about 10:20 p.m. July 16, 2013.
July 13, 2015 |
Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. "These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important icons, and right by a major water supply," said Tracy Carluccio, director of special projects at Delaware Riverkeeper Network, one of the groups that organized the rally at Schuylkill River Trails park, near tracks used by oil trains daily.
July 11, 2015 |
A Berks County man who failed to secure the trailer portion of the truck he was driving, which resulted in a fatal accident, has been charged with homicide by vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. The crash occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on April 27 in Lower Providence Township. Edwin Olivo, 44, of West Reading, was driving with an invalid license and speeding, officials said. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Olivo "was reckless in so many different ways on the road that day. " Officials said Olivo set out from a business in Reading and was northbound on South Park Avenue when speeding caused the vehicle to veer out of its lane.
May 29, 2015 |
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.
May 24, 2015 |
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.
May 15, 2015 |
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?
May 10, 2015 |
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. email@example.com 215-854-2617 @DonSapatkin
May 9, 2015 |
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.
May 8, 2015 |
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.