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June 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Tony Stewart opened his remarks in Michigan on Friday with a few words about Jason Leffler, who died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Moments later, he offered a brief plea amid growing safety questions about Leffler's death at the dirt-track race. "What happened this week wasn't because somebody didn't do something right with the race track. It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there's a car crash.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | BY CHRISTOPHER MALO, www.phlmetropolis.com email.christopher.malo@gmail.com
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.
SPORTS
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)
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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