June 24, 1987 |
Upper Darby firemen peel the top of a 1966 Buick to free the victims of a crash that occurred just after midnight. The driver, Terrance Claffey, 25, of Abby Terrace, Drexel Hill, was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m. today, by doctors at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Police said Claffey was speeding when he hit a SEPTA bus - empty, save for the driver - near the 69th Street Terminal on West Chester Pike at Victory Avenue. Claffey's car then slammed into a Toyota carrying five people and came to rest in front of a Burger King, police said.
December 24, 1997 |
Tow truck hauls away a car that was hit by a truck on I-95 yesterday. Eileen Dando, 57, of Chalfont, was killed and three other people were injured. The driver of the tractor trailer that collided with the car fled the scene, police said.
February 25, 1993 |
Defendants in two high-profile criminal cases that originated on Valentine's Day went into court yesterday for preliminary hearings. In the case of two teen-age brothers accused of killing Yeong Ho Yu for his $30,000 car in a church parking lot in West Philadelphia, the defendants were given more time to talk to their lawyers. The hearing for suspects Ronald Allen, 18, and his brother, Jamal, 16, was postponed until March 4. They are charged with murder, robbery and kidnapping.
April 19, 1990 |
Charges have been upheld in District Court against a 71-year-old Swarthmore man who was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Lower Merion. At a preliminary hearing last week in Narberth, Walter John Shelly of the 400 block of Vassar Avenue was charged with being the driver of a 1989 Cadillac that struck Gladys Raffaels, 59, of the 200 block of Iona Avenue, Narberth, about 9:35 p.m. on March 15 at Montgomery and Iona Avenues. The charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury and related offenses were upheld at the preliminary hearing last Thursday.
November 11, 1998 |
Joseph Wolbert's act is over. The Mayfair drunken driver has been faking mental illness for more than two years, trying to avoid prosecution for third-degree murder, the prosecutor said. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin accused Wolbert, 43, of "gross malingering," and sentenced him to from nine to 20 years in prison for third-degree murder and a weapons offense. Wolbert, of Martha Street near Seltzer, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while under the influence, third-degree murder and a gun possession charge.
October 27, 1994 |
Donald Medvic was arraigned Monday on charges of homicide by motor vehicle while driving under the influence and other related offenses stemming from an accident that killed a Bensalem resident last month. According to court records, Virginia Diorka, 68, was struck by Medvic's pickup while she was crossing Street Road just east of the entrance to Philadelphia Park on Sept. 24. She was rushed to Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Campus, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Medvic, 31, was driving west on Street Road when he struck Diorka, police said.
June 19, 1990 |
The two officers who removed John McFarland from a police van shortly before his death on June 8 likely will be cleared of brutality allegations but may face reprimands for not using a stretcher, police sources say. The sources, who did not want to be identified, said employees of Methodist Hospital told investigators that Officers Richard Harner and Dillshar Harley did not deliberately allow McFarland's head to strike the bumper of the van...
August 20, 1999 |
The Schuylkill Expressway accident that killed a Manayunk bride-to-be in May was an accident, not the result of negligence, so no criminal charges will be filed, the Montgomery County district attorney said yesterday. DA Michael Marino's decision came two months after Pennsylvania State Police charged the truck driver and company involved in the accident with five traffic violations worth $2,400 in fines. Marino drew the distinction between an accident and a crime in announcing his decision at a news conference in Norristown.
August 15, 1991 |
Citing a lack of evidence of a crime, the District Attorney's office has dropped charges against an Upper Darby man who had been accused of negligence in the auto accident in which his wife was killed. Thomas E. Halloran Sr., 54, of the 200 block of Heather Road, had no comment as Assistant District Attorney Daniel A. Armstrong moved to null- process the case. "After investigating the case thoroughly with the Lansdowne police . . . we could not tell with any degree of certainty what happened in the front seat that day," Assistant District Attorney Daniel A. Armstrong said Monday, explaining why charges against Halloran were being dropped.