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April 7, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Thirty years ago, Chrysler's tinkers put a van body on a car-like front-drive platform and the modern minivan was born. A flexible beast of burden good at hauling both people and cargo, the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth minivans became a big hit in suburbia - and thus played a large role in the company's escape from insolvency. Their considerable profitability was why the folks at Chrysler called them "the crown jewels. " Other automakers got into the act, and the mini's annual sales climbed to a million by the dawn of the new millennium.
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December 18, 2011
A speeding minivan careened off an East Germantown street and hit a 58-year-old man standing on the sidewalk Sunday night, according to police. The man, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Hospital. Police said a gray Oldmobile Silhouette struck the man at 6:28 p.m., while he was standing outside 44 E. Price St. The car then flipped over. The 22-year-old driver and a passenger both fled on foot, police said, but later returned. Police said they face possible charges, including driving while intoxicated.
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December 1, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
An old country song laments the fact that "my hot tamale has gone chili on me. " It could have been a song about minivans. By the dawn of this century, minivans were selling at a million-a-year clip. Since then, their sales have been halved. The crossover SUV did to them what they had done to Ozzie and Harriet's station wagon. The decline in minivan market share is a reminder of the power of self-image in the auto arena. While it may be roomier and more useful than your typical crossover, a lot of men see the minivan as less macho.
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May 8, 2009 | By Michelle Melloni
I recently told a group of friends that my husband and I had bought a minivan. Now, I know minivans aren't considered cutting-edge fashion in the world of automobiles, but I was hardly prepared for the endless stream of mockery that followed. Despite the ribbing, no one present could deny that minivans are highly functional. As families grow, they are almost a necessity. I guess that's why they're the butt of so many jokes. Automotive purchases are sometimes the last aspect of a couple's lives to succumb to the demands of children.
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April 14, 2011 | Associated Press
NEWBURGH, N.Y. - A 10-year-old boy clambered out the window of a minivan and swam to shore after his mother on Tuesday drove into the frigid Hudson River, killing herself and her three other children, officials said yesterday. Lashaun Armstrong was the only survivor after his mother, Lashanda Armstrong, plunged the van into the river in this gritty city of 30,000 people, 60 miles north of New York City. When the van hit the water about 8 p.m., it was just past high tide and the Hudson was flowing swiftly to the south, pulling the vehicle 25 yards out into the rain-swollen river, Fire Chief Michael Vatter said.
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August 2, 2011
Detectives on Monday were investigating the discovery of the body of a 23-year-old man inside a minivan in South Philadelphia. Police were called to 10th and Jackson Streets at 5:23 a.m. Sunday on a report of a foul odor emanating from a green 2000 Mazda MPV minivan. In the backseat, they found a man's body, wrapped in a blanket. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene, police said. His death is considered suspicious, but not yet considered a homicide, authorities said. Investigators have not identified the dead man. - Sam Wood  
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July 29, 2011 | Staff Report
The driver of a minivan was injured when the vehicle collided with a SEPTA bus early this morning in Philadelphia's Overbrook section. The driver, whose name was unavailable, had to be cut from the car and taken to Lankenau Medical Center and treated for a broken leg. A passenger on the bus was also taken to Lankenau, but was not said to be suffering life-threatening injuries. Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman, said the crash occurred about 12:30 a.m. Friday at Landsdowne Avenue and Haverford Street, near Cobbs Creek Park.
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February 10, 2012 | Staff Report
The driver of a minivan was seriously injured today in a head-on crash with a school bus in Washington Township, police said. There were some children on the school bus, but they and the driver of the vehicle were not seriously hurt, said Lt. Dennis Sims. The crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. on Hurffville-Cross Keys Road near Teresa Way. The driver of the minivan had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown by helicopter to the trauma center at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, according to Sims and emergency radio broadcasts from the scene.
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June 1, 2013 | By John Kekis, Associated Press
TRUXTON, N.Y. - A runaway trailer hauling crushed cars slammed into a minivan carrying two families in Upstate New York, killing four children and three adults in their 20s, authorities said Thursday. In addition to the seven killed, including the children ages 4 to 7, a man was injured when their van was hit by a trailer that broke away from a truck on Route 13 around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse. The accident Wednesday night claimed the lives of 26-year-old Teresa Bush and her daughters, Alexis, 4, and Jasmine, 5. Also killed were 21-year-old Lena Beckwith; Carino Vanorden, 24; Alyssa Mead, 7; and Tyler Mead, 4. Shawn Mead, the father of the two Mead children, was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse where he was in good condition.
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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.
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June 22, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
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.
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April 12, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 26, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 16, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 10, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
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October 13, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 1, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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