October 13, 2015 |
I HAD THE pleasure on Friday of going to Nitro Circus, the death-defying "action sport collective" led by Annapolis, Md.-born motor-sport stuntman Travis Pastrana . He and his team of dirt-bike riding, high-flying, base-jumping thrill-seekers wowed an audience of thousands at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St.) - the first stop on their North American tour. Thanks to my buddy Steve Christini , owner of Philadelphia-based Christini All Wheel Drive motorcycles, I met backstage with Canadian-born Jolene Van Vugt , a/k/a "Nitro Girl," the first woman in history to ever backflip a dirt bike.
August 19, 1993 |
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)
May 23, 2013 |
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.
September 5, 2008 |
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.
May 29, 2014 |
A Philadelphia man was charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred during what was supposed to be the sale of a dirt bike listed on Craigslist, police said Tuesday. Quasym Finch, 22, of the 7600 block of Ardleigh Street in Chestnut Hill, was arrested Saturday and also charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and related offenses. On the afternoon of April 25 in the 3700 block of North Fifth Street in Hunting Park, two men, ages 32 and 31, had gathered to sell the dirt bike, which one of the men had listed for sale on Craigslist.
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
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.
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
July 26, 1992 |
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.
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.