June 14, 2015 |
Anthony Reeder insisted someone else was driving that night in 2012 when the SUV overturned and crashed, leaving him bruised and his girlfriend, Sheila Whalen, dead. He told police the driver, whom he said he did not know, had fled the crashed Jeep Liberty and was never found. On Friday, a Philadelphia jury determined that the missing driver did not exist, and that Reeder was drunk and behind the wheel when he hit the curb in the 3100 block of Bambrey Street, and the Jeep flipped on its side and skidded to a stop against the fronts of two Swampoodle rowhouses.
June 11, 2015 |
The March 3, 2012, auto accident in Swampoodle that killed Anthony Reeder's girlfriend of two years left him uninjured but emotionally crushed. The next day, he opened up to an Inquirer reporter, describing the loss of 49-year-old Sheila Whalen, the accident, and a mysterious driver who fled the overturned Jeep Liberty in the 3100 block of Bambrey Street. "In a blink of an eye, your whole life can change," Reeder told the reporter. "I never, ever had someone who was a good friend, a girlfriend, and a confidante.
May 12, 2015 |
Linda Spinelli had a wedding to attend. So on a Monday in November, she took her son's 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Spa Car Wash in Berwyn, where Spinelli was a regular customer. She sat in the lobby while a young worker climbed into the driver's seat. And as the Jeep exited the wash bay, Spinelli and other customers watched in horror. The Jeep suddenly lunged forward, she said, as the driver swerved to avoid pedestrians and slammed into large planters and four cars, including a Maserati.
April 20, 2015 |
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4WD: A smaller, (allegedly) lower-priced Jeep for a new kind of customer. Price: The test model started at $26,995 and rose to more than $31,000 with options ($995 for lane-departure and collision warnings, and park assist; $595 for security with cross-path detection; $295 for keyless start; more below). A front-wheel-drive version can be had for as low as $17,995. Marketer's pitch: "Let instinct drive. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked that it had "lots of character; agile handling; plenty of easy-to-use technology features; best-in-class off-road capability for Trailhawk model" but not its "middling fuel economy with 2.4-liter engine; tight rear-seat leg room.
November 17, 2014
AFTER TOM WOLF got his doctorate from MIT, he worked at his family-owned cabinet company - driving a forklift. That experience could soon come in handy. Estimates just released by the state's Independent Fiscal Office say the incoming governor's first budget faces a shortfall of nearly $2 billion. Heavy lifting clearly is called for. And the first question? Does digging out of a fiscal fissure hurt or help his top priorities of seeking more money for schools and getting more money, via a severance tax, from natural-gas drillers?
August 27, 2014 |
Driver education teachers and instructors loaded into a special Jeep Wrangler on Monday and strapped in for on-the-job training. In a steamy parking lot at Maple Shade High School, the specially equipped 2014 black Jeep simulated dangerous driving conditions, such as skidding on black ice in a snowstorm. The practical training was the highlight of an all-day conference for nearly 100 driving-education teachers, who attended workshops to learn how to help teenagers become better defensive drivers.
July 14, 2014 |
It was a nasty car crash, but not an extraordinary one. Sherri Berg's Jeep Grand Cherokee was hit hard by a car as she pulled onto a highway. The vehicle spun four times and struck a pole, but no one was hurt. What was extraordinary was the epic legal fight that followed, pitting a father-and-son law firm in Chester County against an industry giant, Nationwide Insurance. Nearly 20 years after the accident, that fight climaxed last month with a court ruling that castigated Nationwide and slammed it with $18 million in punitive damages.
June 16, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Sometimes, the car defines the candidate. Three decades ago, it was Sen. Tom Daschle tooling around South Dakota in his beat-up Pontiac Ventura. More recently, Scott Brown drove a sparkling pickup truck to victory in a 2010 Senate race in Massachusetts and, this year, resurrected the truck for a Senate bid in New Hampshire. Now, the Pennsylvania governor's race has a standout vehicle: Tom Wolf's Jeep. The Jeep Wrangler, a 2006 model with 80,000 miles on it, has gone campaign-trail viral.
September 30, 2013 |
When a vehicle is as capable, both on road and off, as the completely new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is, it's easy to let driving dynamics overshadow aesthetics. But in the case of this nicely realized SUV - the first Cherokee since 2001 - the sporty/macho body and intriguing, user-friendly interior refuse to be left lurking in the shadows. The latter was presided over by one Klaus Busse, who is in charge of interior design for all Chrysler brands. Busse, a slim 6-foot-7, was a Mercedes-Benz designer who came to America when Daimler took over Chrysler, and worked on the Grand Cherokee.
July 15, 2013 |
The SUV began its latter-day life as a rugged, truck-based four-wheeler that could take surveyors, farmers, and building contractors to off-road job sites. It was then co-opted by people who wanted to get to the office in the snow, escape the minivan's "soccer mom" image, or just drive what quickly became the vehicle du jour. After it became everyman's ride, the SUV started to become what most people wanted: a more comfortable, carlike trip to the shopping center. More precisely, it became the crossover.