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
December 5, 2012 |
THEY SEEM to be everywhere - outside gas stations, in mall parking lots, or beside a neighborhood minimarket. They are donated-clothing bins, those sturdy steel containers where you drop off used clothing for the needy. Ever wonder where those old shoes, shirts, belts and coats go? The answers may surprise you. For starters, many of these bins are not run by charities. And most of the stuff you donate isn't given to needy folks in the region. And two groups active in the donated-clothing business have been linked to a cultlike Danish organization that has been investigated by the Danish government and Interpol.
October 31, 2012
Here are the morning-line odds for the Breeders' Cup, which will be run Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. TV: NBC Sports Network, except for Saturday's Classic on NBC10. FRIDAY JUVENILE SPRINT: 6 Furlongs, 2-year-olds, 4th race. Purse: $500,000. Post time: 4:06 p.m. No. Horse Trainer Jockey ML 1. Hightail Lukas Maragh 8-1 2. Ceiling Kitty Dascombe Velazquez 12-1 3. Merit Man Hess Jr. Valenzuela 8-5 4. South Floyd O'Neill Dominguez 6-1 5. Super Ninety Nine Baffert Garcia 5-2 6. Hazardous O'Callaghan Maldonado 8-1 7. Sweet Shirley Mae Ward Rosario 4-1 MARATHON: 13/4 miles (Dirt)
October 5, 2012 |
MARIE PARHAM knows firsthand how dangerous all-terrain vehicles can be. One hit her as she crossed a West Philadelphia street in 1994. She lost one leg, almost lost another and still marvels that she didn't lose her life. But even Parham believes that the city should create a place for ATVers and dirt-bikers to ride legally. "I wondered why I was alive, because I was really in bad shape, and I think this is it, this is the reason: I have a chance to get these bikes off the road, where they shouldn't be," said Parham, 79, who walks with a prosthesis and still has rods and plates in her head and leg from the accident.
August 15, 2012 |
SIXTY-SIX DOWN, a kajillion to go. One week after confiscating 37 dirt bikes and ATVs in a crackdown on the vehicles, police seized an additional 29 in live-stops throughout the city last weekend. "It's on!" police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said of the city's battle against riders who zoom through streets and parks. Police, working undercover and in uniform, took 16 dirt bikes and 13 four-wheelers from Cobbs Creek Park, the Belmont Plateau and areas frequented by riders in the 24th, 25th and 26th districts, police said.