August 16, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
April 7, 2013 |
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.
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
November 20, 2012 |
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?
September 26, 2012 |
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.
September 25, 2012 |
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.
September 12, 2012 |
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.
August 7, 2012 |
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.