May 20, 1991 |
Pedaling with metronomic fluidity halfway through yesterday's Tour Du Pont finale, Erik Breukink was betrayed by shade. Facing a 50-second deficit to Norwegian Atle Kvalsvoll after 10 days of racing, the 27-year-old from Holland had scouted the 16.1-mile time-trial course earlier and noted certain rough spots. But now, as he shot down a shady lane in the bucolic Brandywine Valley north of Wilmington, one of those rough spots got him. His front tire went flat, and replacing it and regaining speed took him almost 20 seconds.
May 9, 1992 |
Undaunted by rain, wind, hail, cold and assorted bolts of lightning, Greg LeMond was done in by a flat tire last night in the second stage of the 1992 Tour Du Pont cycling race. On a day marked by nearly every adverse condition ever mentioned on the Weather Channel, LeMond's equipment failure occurred about four miles into a 16-mile time trial won by Dave Mann of the Coors Light team in a time of 35 minutes, 28.018 seconds. It was estimated that the flat and the resulting change of tire cost LeMond 20 to 30 seconds.
June 27, 1994 |
A Cherry Hill woman's good deed turned nightmarish early yesterday when a motorist she tried to help on the Schuylkill Expressway ended up abducting, raping and robbing her, police said. Her captor took her through unrecognized city streets and, after about two hours, back to the Schuylkill. There, police said, he pulled her car to the shoulder and raped her a second time. It was then that two state police troopers - making what they thought was a routine courtesy stop to assist a disabled car - heard her pleas for help and rescued her, arresting and charging a 25-year-old man, according to Trooper McRay Bostick, a spokesman for the State Police Belmont barracks.
May 17, 1993 |
As he had predicted almost from the start and proved with a powerful finish, Raul Alcala won the Tour DuPont yesterday for the second time since 1990. Alcala, a 29-year-old Mexican who rides for the Netherlands-based WordPerfect team, finished as overall winner of America's premier cycling event with a victory in Stage 11, a 36.5-mile individual time trial, which ended the 1,085-mile competition. While he was the last man out of the High Point, N.C., starting ramp, Alcala easily overcame a flat tire, the 85-degree heat and a vain challenge by Lance Armstrong, the disheartened 21-year-old Texan who had been Alcala's chief challenger.
June 5, 1993 |
Maybe 35-year-old Russian emigre Vincent Mercier, formerly Vladimir Shokhov, had read too many Westerns. Mercier's plan, authorities said, was to roll into town from the east on a quiet afternoon with a band of hired gunmen, watch them clean out a Bucks County jewelry store and high-tail it out of the area before lawmen had chance to react. The plan, however, dissolved faster than a soggy paperback. Police arrested three of the four hired guns immediately after the Dec. 5, 1990, robbery when the men: Attracted the attention of a resident - and the police - as they ate doughnuts before the heist.
November 8, 1995 |
Judie McGoyd of Drexel Hill holds an umbrella for Beydi Theodore as he fixes her flat tire in the 3200 block of JFK Boulevard. Theodore is a parking lot attendant who works next to where McGoyd's car hit a rain-filled pothole just west of the 30th Street Station yesterday.
January 17, 1997 |
The driver of a late-model Chrysler died yesterday when he was hit by an armored truck on the South Street exit ramp of the westbound Schuylkill Expressway. William Gemmill, 45, of Flourtown, was outside his car when it was rear-ended at about 6:15 p.m. as he was trying to change a flat tire, said police. The car burst into flames soon after it was struck. The truck driver was not hurt.
October 1, 1989 |
If it hadn't been for the flat tire, police said later, the robbery might have gone off as planned. But there was a flat tire, and it led to the arrest of Douglas M. Burgess, 40, of the 1200 block of West Williams Street, and Thomas S. Clayton, 38, of the 1700 block of Taney Street, both of Philadelphia. Police said the two left the Jamesway department store at Route 611 and Almshouse Road, Doylestown Township, with a shopping cart full of unpaid goods at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday.
January 20, 1997 |
The family of comedian Bill Cosby held a funeral for Cosby's only son, Ennis, yesterday at their estate in this western Massachusetts town, the town's police chief said. Ennis William Cosby, 27, was shot to death Thursday as he changed a flat tire on a Los Angeles freeway. Investigators have said they believed robbery was a motive in the murder of Cosby, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. About 20 people, including Cosby, his wife, Camille, and their four daughters, attended the funeral and burial at 2 p.m., gathering in freezing weather under sunny skies, according to Shelburne Police Chief Mark De Jackome.