August 2, 2012 |
THE 3RD Police District in South Philadelphia is putting unsafe bicyclists on notice that cops will be cracking down on rules-of-the-road violators by issuing warnings until Labor Day and then citations. The announcement highlights a citywide warning that bicycling on sidewalks, ignoring stop signs and red lights, going the wrong way on one-way streets, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and operating a bicycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol can result in criminal penalties, same as it can for motorists.
July 13, 2012 |
A Bucks County man pleaded guilty Thursday to striking and killing a Kensington bicyclist last fall while driving under the influence of drugs and was sentenced to the maximum five- to 10-year prison term Brett Truskin, 23, of Ivyland, pleaded guilty before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner to homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated and several related charges. The Nov. 18 crash killed Gregory Loper, 49, a father of nine children. As part of the plea agreement, Truskin was immediately sentenced by Lerner to the maximum prison term under state law, Assistant District Attorney John Doyle said.
June 10, 2012 |
After the car hit the bicycle that the 8-year-old was riding, leaving her bleeding and seriously injured, the driver did stop briefly, according to witnesses, but then he kept going. "He just takes off without helping her," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. After the witnesses provided a description of the red Nissan and the last four digits of the license number, Upper Darby police arrested Sukhjinder Singh, 33, of the 7200 block of Walnut Street, and charged him with aggravated assault by motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
April 6, 2012
A Deptford woman was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison in the hit-and-run death of a 43-year-old Woodbury bicyclist in 2010. Mary J. Dalton, 42, must serve 85 percent of the term - four years, three months - before becoming eligible for parole. She pleaded guilty on Feb. 6 to vehicular homicide in the death of Thomas McCoy, a longtime employee of a local McDonald's, on Sept. 14 and admitted she was drunk at the time. Dalton is not related to County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton, whose office prosecuted the case.
April 4, 2012 |
Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who left a 17-year-old bicyclist critically injured on a street in Northeast Philadelphia. A witness told police the teenager appeared to be texting when he was hit by a dark colored sedan about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday on the 4500 block of Tyson Avenue near Ditman, in Tacony. Police said the boy was crossing the street on a bicycle when he was struck by the eastbound car. The victim was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale campus in extremely critical condition with head injuries.
April 3, 2012
A NEW Pennsylvania law requiring cars and trucks to give 4 feet of clearance when passing a cyclist puts on the books what good drivers should do already, according to the bill's supporters. "All it does is codify what smart drivers and safe drivers already do," said Andrew Stober, spokesman for the Mayor's Office of Transportation. "There are 20 states that have this law. " The statewide law, which took effect Monday, allows drivers to pass over yellow lane lines to make way for cyclists.
March 18, 2012
Lanaye Jones, 24, was arrested Saturday on charges of drunken driving and related offenses after she hit a bicyclist at 30th and Diamond Streets and then fled, Philadelphia police said. They said that immediately after Jones struck the bicyclist, at 6:55 a.m., witnesses called 911, and she was stopped by police in her 2000 Suzuki Esteem at 19th and York Streets. Jones, of the 100 block of West Sylvania Street, was taken to police headquarters and charged. The bicyclist, a 22-year-old man, was not immediately identified.
March 17, 2012
Lanaye Jones, 24, was arrested Saturday on charges of drunk driving and related offenses after she hit a bicyclist at the intersection of 30th and Diamond Streets and then fled from the scene, police said. They said that immediately after Jones struck the bicyclist, at 6:55 a.m, witnesses called 911, and she was stopped by police in her 2000 Suzuki Esteem at 19th and York Streets. Jones, of the 100 block of West Sylvania Street, was taken to police headquarters and charged. The bicyclist, a 22-year-old man, was not immediately identified.