July 17, 2015
LIKE MANY rental-car customers, my husband and I declined the expensive insurance offered at the counter. We knew we were covered through our auto-insurance carrier. Additionally, the credit card we use covers rental cars. In my mind, if we did get into an accident, I would just use the coverage offered by the credit-card company. But during our recent vacation, we came out one morning to climb into our Town and Country minivan and found that the bumper had been hit. Or so we thought.
June 22, 2015 |
2015 Kia Sedona SX-L: Upgrade for the family. Price: $43,295 as tested. (This included $2,700 for the Technology Package, which featured lane departure and forward collision warning, surround-view monitor, and smart cruise control.) A base model can be had for $26,100. Marketer's pitch: "Transform your drive. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the "distinctive dashboard and cockpit; value-priced; unique forward-collapsing second-row seats; extensive equipment availability; quiet cabin," but not the "subpar fuel economy ratings in SX-L trim; slightly less cargo space than primary rivals; SX-L's lounge seats don't collapse forward.
April 12, 2015 |
The 10-year-old boy told his mother the homeless man at the gas station had hit him. They were both at the Sunoco station at 5338 N. Fifth St. in Olney on Tuesday, offering to pump patrons' gas for spare change. They argued over who would pump gas next. Investigators, reviewing hours of footage from the station, said there was no evidence the 51-year-old man ever hit the boy. But the boy's mother needed only his word. That evening, she and friends and family members - up to seven of them - pulled up at the station in a friend's minivan and spilled out with Mace, a hammer, and a rocking chair leg in hand, police say. Video from the station captured the brutal, agonizingly prolonged beating that followed and that left the 51-year-old victim near death in a medically induced coma.
March 26, 2015 |
A 24-year-old man with two handguns was shot by police after allegedly aiming one of the weapons at an officer during a foot pursuit Tuesday night in the city's Nicetown section, police said. Around 7:20 p.m., police were called to 17th and Cayuga Streets and found a wounded 23-year-old man collapsed next to a minivan that had 15 bullet holes, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Numerous shell casings were found about 20 feet away. As police arrived, the 24-year-old man exited the rear of the minivan and tried to leave the scene, Small said.
February 16, 2015 |
Two teenagers were ejected from a car and killed Saturday night after their minivan was struck by a pickup truck on Route 100 in Exton, according to police. The two passengers, ages 18 and 19, were pronounced dead at the scene following the crash at 6:55 p.m., said Steve Benson, an Uwchlan Township Police sergeant. Four other people were in the minivan, Benson said, and were treated for injuries at Paoli Hospital. The driver of the pickup truck, who was not identified, was in custody, awaiting potential criminal charges, Benson said.
December 28, 2014 |
The Christmas Eve service at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Hammonton, N.J., was crowded, so Dolores Distler, 77, and her husband, Melvin, 78, parked across the street. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She often decorated the lawn with reindeer and the trees with bright lights. Each Dec. 24, the devout Catholic attended church. This year, as she left the service on a rainy evening, she was telling her husband how much she enjoyed it. When the couple approached Route 206, there was a lull in traffic, and Melvin Distler thought they could make it across.
November 10, 2014 |
CLUB ONYX, which calls itself the "nation's #1 hip-hop strip club," promises on its website that the "talented and dedicated staff" will make every visit a "memorable experience. " Sometimes, though, even the best exotic dancers get upstaged. Two armed security guards were the ones making memories early yesterday morning, when they opened fire on a minivan driver who'd allegedly tried to run one of them over outside the South Philadelphia club. "I'll kill everyone here," the 27-year-old driver allegedly said before the shooting, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. Police said the driver - who'd just been involved in another shooting incident before arriving at Club Onyx - fled the scene in his green Kia minivan, which was later found at the Interstate 95 off-ramp.
October 13, 2014 |
The salient zoological question here is: If the redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona quacks like a duck, is it a duck? You would think that because the Sedona has always been a minivan, acts like a minivan, and has sliding side doors like a minivan, that we could call it a minivan with a clear conscience. But Kia begs to differ. The Korean automaker thinks its extensively revised, third-generation Sedona should be called a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). Kia has its reasons. Thanks in no small part to women wanting to shed the "soccer mom" image, minivan sales have been on the wane.
August 30, 2014 |
A 37-year-old businessman was shot and $70,000 taken during a robbery in the parking lot outside a bank in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The robbery occurred outside the Citizens Bank branch in the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue shortly after 6 p.m., said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man was shot in the right arm and was reported in stable condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. The victim, who owns several businesses in the area, had just parked his minivan when another minivan blocked him from behind and two men with their faces covered emerged from the vehicle, Small said.
July 1, 2014 |
IRIS MONTANEZ hasn't slept since Friday. The image of Antonio Pedraza, her next-door neighbor and good friend, being shot to death at point-blank range just in front of her doorstep keeps playing over and over again in her mind. "The guy had no reason" to shoot him, Montanez, 41, cried yesterday afternoon at her home on 5th Street near Cambria. "I remember everything. Two days, I don't sleep or nothing, because I've got everything in my head. " In Spanglish and with translation help from her 10-year-old daughter, who also witnessed part of Pedraza's brutal slaying Friday night, Montanez recounted the harrowing ordeal that unfolded on the busy Fairhill block, leaving the 32-year-old man dead on the sidewalk: Pedraza had been out to see the new "Transformers" movie with an ex-girlfriend earlier in the evening, Montanez said.