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August 19, 1993 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Last year, police in the 8th District recovered about 90 vehicles from around Dunks Ferry and Mechanicsville roads, a desolate spot in Byberry Industrial Park in the Parkwood section. Down a rut-filled dirt road, it was a favorite place to dump abandoned cars and strip stolen vehicles, police say. "It's so secluded, you could take a car back there and wash and wax it, and nobody would see you," said Officer John DiDonato. But in the past three months, DiDonato said, "we haven't found any (vehicles)
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May 23, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PHILADELPHIA police have successfully launched a new city law aimed at clearing illegal ATV riders and dirt-bikers out of public parks and streets, but "bike life" has proven persistently deadly regionally, with at least four fatal wrecks in the last 14 months. Police impounded 26 ATVs and dirt bikes through Monday and issued 57 citations through May 7 (more recent figures are unavailable due to a paperwork lag) under a law first enforced April 6 that stiffens penalties for illegal riders, police data shows.
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September 5, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A friend of murder suspect Eric Smith's described yesterday how he watched - and then fled - last summer when Smith hid in bushes and gunned down Luis Navarro Jr., who was riding his dirt bike along a woodland path in Tacony Creek Park. "I was scared by the shot," Terrence Washington, 17, told the Common Pleas Court jury hearing Smith's trial. "I couldn't believe he did it, but he shot him. " Washington was the only one with Smith when Smith shot Navarro, 16, authorities say. Two other friends testified yesterday that Smith asked them to help him hide the victim's new, $3,000 green-and-white Kawasaki FX85 dirt bike and told them he shot Navarro to take it. Washington testified that in the late afternoon of July 28, 2007, he rode on the "pegs" of Smith's bicycle to explore what they called "Whitaker trails," a wooded section of the park used by cyclists and owners of motorized off-road vehicles.
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April 6, 2013
A man riding a dirt bike was killed in a crash Thursday night in West Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 7 p.m., the man, described only as 25 to 30 years old, was traveling west in the 4500 block of Girard Avenue when his dirt bike struck a median, police said. The man suffered a traumatic head injury and was taken by a medic unit to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. - Robert Moran
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June 19, 2010
An 18-year-old man riding on a dirt bike was killed early Friday when he crashed into a car at an intersection in Bridesburg, police said. Police said witnesses told them the biker, identified as Dean Nunez, ran a red light and crashed into a 2009 Ford Focus at Tacony and Bridge Streets about 1:15 a.m. Nunez died at 1:47 a.m. at Aria Health Torresdale Campus, police said. The 21-year-old woman driving the Ford remained at the scene and was not injured. Police said the Kawasaki dirt bike did not have lights and was illegal for street use. Dean was heading west on Bridge when he hit the Ford, which was traveling south on Tacony.
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August 15, 2007
The teenager accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Luis Navarro Jr. and stealing his new dirt bike at Tacony Creek Park will face a preliminary hearing Oct. 17. Judge James M. DeLeon yesterday set the date for Eric Smith, also 16, of the 800 block of Granite Street in the city's Summerdale section. According to police, Smith shot Navarro in the back July 28 and stole his $3,000 Kawasaki motorcycle, which Navarro's family had given him as a reward for good grades. - Vernon Clark
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April 9, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
JERMAINE Alexander learned to ride a dirt bike before he could write or tie his shoes. "Maine" was 5, and he would ride his bicycle only if he smashed tin cans in the wheels to mimic the dirt-bike growl. So his uncle took him to the park to teach him to ride the real thing. When he was a teenager and would hear one roar by on the streets outside, he'd stampede to the window to see who was riding what. He became so adept at fixing them that he could transform scraps of junkers into bikes that, though not beautiful, still flew fast as fireworks.
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July 26, 1992 | By Kevin McKinney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 15-year-old youth who struck a steel cable while riding a dirt bike in New Garden Township was reported in critical condition Thursday with spinal injuries at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, police said. Chris Miller, of Willow Street in Toughkenamon, was riding his dirt bike just before 6 p.m. Monday on a dirt driveway off Newark Road about a half- mile south of Toughkenamon when he struck his chin on a steel cable suspended between poles. New Garden Township Police Officer John Gibson said Miller wasn't breathing when he arrived at the scene, but medical personnel who arrived right behind him revived him. "Efforts of the Avondale Fire Company and medic unit really were outstanding and should be commended," Gibson said.
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May 9, 2013
A 5-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by a dirt bike that fled the scene late Wednesday afternoon in the city's Hunting Park section, police said. About 5:05 p.m. at Ninth and Cayuga Streets, the boy was about to get into a car when he was hit by one of three dirt bikes speeding through the park, police said. The rider fell but was helped up by the other riders, and they all fled west through the park. The boy was taken by private automobile to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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October 10, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
Cops are on the lookout for whoever set a booby trap in Cobbs Creek Park that injured one officer who uses a dirt bike to patrol the area. His partner narrowly escaped injury. The assault occurred last month not long after cops started patrolling the park looking for people driving illegal all-terrain vehicles. "It's one of our pro-active patrol measures to keep the park safe," said Capt. Mike Sinclair, a commander in the 18th Police Distict in West Philadelphia. Sinclair got the two Suzuki 400s last June.
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August 16, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A WILLOW GROVE MAN arrested in June for allegedly murdering a New Jersey man he lured to Philadelphia with a Craigslist advertisement offering an ATV for sale, was held for trial yesterday in that slaying and three unrelated armed robberies. All of the crimes attributed to Thomas Coffee, 23, took place in June, and all but one involved his placing ads on the Craigslist website seeking buyers for a 1995 Yamaha Banshee ATV or Kawasaki dirt bike. Although no gun has been recovered in the June 21 slaying of Daniel Cook, 27, cellphone records and a bullet recovered from his home link Coffee to the homicide, said Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Liermann.
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May 23, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PHILADELPHIA police have successfully launched a new city law aimed at clearing illegal ATV riders and dirt-bikers out of public parks and streets, but "bike life" has proven persistently deadly regionally, with at least four fatal wrecks in the last 14 months. Police impounded 26 ATVs and dirt bikes through Monday and issued 57 citations through May 7 (more recent figures are unavailable due to a paperwork lag) under a law first enforced April 6 that stiffens penalties for illegal riders, police data shows.
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May 9, 2013
A 5-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by a dirt bike that fled the scene late Wednesday afternoon in the city's Hunting Park section, police said. About 5:05 p.m. at Ninth and Cayuga Streets, the boy was about to get into a car when he was hit by one of three dirt bikes speeding through the park, police said. The rider fell but was helped up by the other riders, and they all fled west through the park. The boy was taken by private automobile to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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April 7, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
TWO PEOPLE were killed in separate dirt-bike accidents Thursday night, a vivid reminder of the danger of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles as summer approaches. The first accident occurred on Girard Avenue near Belmont in Parkside. Police said the operator was speeding when he struck a median and was thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 7:40 p.m. He hasn't been identified. The second accident happened at Marshall and Kent roads in Upper Darby about 9:12 p.m. Police said Eric Robinson, 28, was riding a Yamaha 250 dirt bike when he lost control and hit a pole.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
A man riding a dirt bike was killed in a crash Thursday night in West Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 7 p.m., the man, described only as 25 to 30 years old, was traveling west in the 4500 block of Girard Avenue when his dirt bike struck a median, police said. The man suffered a traumatic head injury and was taken by a medic unit to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. - Robert Moran
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November 20, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
S teve Christini, 41, runs Christini Technologies, which makes the world's only mechanical all-wheel-drive motorcycles. The AWD delivers power from the transmission to the front wheel through a series of chains and shafts, and works similar to AWD systems on four-wheel vehicles. Christini, of Queen Village, formed the company in 1999 and operates from a loft on 7th Street near Willow, North Philadelphia. Q: You built a prototype of the AWD off-road motorcycle in 2002. What happened next?
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September 26, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
THE CRACKDOWN on illegal ATV and dirt-bike usage continued in Philly this weekend, with more than two dozen vehicles taken off the streets. Philadelphia police said a weekend operation involving three police districts in areas of Kensington, Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Port Richmond resulted in 15 ATVs and 10 dirt bikes being confiscated. According to the Police Department's public-affairs unit, 11 of those resulted from police stopping the drivers while they were using the vehicles.
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September 25, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
The crackdown on illegal ATV and dirt bike usage continues in Philly, with more than two dozen vehicles taken off the streets this weekend. Philadelphia police said a weekend operation involving three police districts in areas of Kensington, Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Port Richmond resulted in 15 ATVs and 10 dirt bikes being confiscated. According to public affairs, 11 of those were a result of live stops. The 25th Police District, which includes Juniata Park, Feltonville, and Hunting Park, saw 15 vehicles taken off the street as a result of the department's recent initiative.
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September 12, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A 24-year-old Pine Hill, Camden County, man was killed Monday when his dirt bike crashed while travelling at a high rate of speed, police said. James Patitucci was traveling in a unregistered and uninsured motorcycle eastbound on Hickstown Road, near Windsor Drive, about 8:20 p.m. when the crash occurred, said Gloucester Township Police. Police said that Patitucci, who also had a suspended license, collided with a vehicle driven by Judith Baran of Erial, as she attempted to turn onto Windsor Drive.
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August 7, 2012 | By Morgan Zalot and Daily News Staff Writer
Cops seized 23 illegal dirt bikes and ATVs during a Sunday morning raid in Kensington and North Philadelphia as part of a citywide crackdown on illegal riding.   "We went out to take back the streets for the citizens," Detective Jack Logan said later at Major Crimes headquarters, at Whitaker Avenue and Macalester Street. Logan said that a task force of about 10 officers went to the 24th, 25th and 26th districts — which cover swaths of Kensington, North Philadelphia, Fairhill and Hunting Park — about 11 a.m. and started to confiscate illegal bikes and four-wheelers.
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