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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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March 16, 2016
A minivan with a baby in the backseat was stolen Monday in West Philadelphia, but the infant was found safe a half-hour later, police said. Police said the infant was dropped off on the steps of a home at Penn and Greene streets in the Penn-Knox section of Germantown. The baby appeared to be uninjured but was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for evaluation. The thief provided the information about where he had deposited the baby, police said, but it wasn't immediately clear how he delivered that information.
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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 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.
NEWS
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  
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A woman was critically injured Saturday after being ejected from a minivan that then landed on top of her after a multivehicle accident in Nicetown, police said. The accident happened about 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of 15th and St. Luke Streets. Police said a 21-year-old man driving a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country minivan ignored a red light as he traveled east on St. Luke. That caused a 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, driven north on 15th by a 61-year-old man, to hit the minivan on its rear passenger side, police said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
A 27-year-old man suffered minor injuries when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bicycle Wednesday night in the Powelton section of West Philadelphia, police said. The man was riding north on 33rd Street at Powelton Avenue just after 8 p.m. when he was hit by a minivan making a turn at the intersection, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The driver, described only as a woman, stopped to look at the accident, then sped away, Small said. The man was treated by medics at the scene for cut and bruises to his hands.
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September 19, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Will a minivan save Chrysler's bacon - again? Price: $47,480 as tested (the Limited trim starts at $42,495, plus $1,995 for Advanced SafetyTec Group and the same for UConnect Theater Package). Marketer's pitch: "Street Smart" with Jim Gaffigan. Mr. Driver's Seat thinks he's funny. Conventional wisdom: A minivan? How boring. Reality: A change in the family unit. Family time: Mr. Driver's Seat, the Lovely Mrs. Passenger Seat, and Sturgis Kid 4.0 have the chance to cross Pennsylvania in some new family-oriented vehicles.
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July 25, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 40-year-old woman who was standing on a South Philadelphia street corner with her husband and 2-year-old son was killed in a hit-and-run crash Friday night, police said. The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. at 21st and Jackson Streets when the driver of a white 1997 Toyota Avalon plowed through a stop sign and was struck by a minivan; the car then jumped the curb and hit the family on the corner, police said. Police Inspector Ray Evers told reporters Friday night at the scene: "The white vehicle disregarded the stop sign right here.
NEWS
July 24, 2016
A woman was killed and multiple people were hurt by a hit-and-run driver Friday night in South Philadelphia, police said. About 8:30 p.m., a Toyota minivan traveling on 21st Street near Jackson struck  a 1997 Toyota Avalon, which then struck three pedestrians on the street corner, police said. The Avalon hit a family of three, including a woman and her 2-year-old son, TV news outlets reported. The mother was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday charged a 32-year-old East Stenton man with risking a catastrophe, endangering the welfare of children, and drug offenses after he was allegedly found with homemade dynamite in a minivan with kids Tuesday night. Derek McKinney of the 7400 block of Gilbert Street was taken into custody after officers on patrol about 9:30 p.m. saw a white Toyota double-parked on Champlost Avenue near 20th Street in East Germantown, then smelled a heavy odor of marijuana. The smell led them to a white Dodge Caravan minivan parked next to the Toyota, police said.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
A Chester County woman was arrested Friday for crashing her minivan while under the influence of illicit drugs last summer, killing her 8-year-old daughter in the back seat. Jennifer Trego, 32, of Coatesville, was charged Thursday with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and related offenses. She turned herself in to police Friday afternoon, police said. On Aug. 13, 2015, Trego was driving on Wagontown Road in Coatesville with a suspended license when she approached an intersection to merge onto Route 82. After she failed to stop, a vehicle slammed into the side of her minivan as she merged onto the highway, police said.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old girl who was shot while walking down her Juniata Park street Wednesday night was the third juvenile victim of a stray-bullet shooting in four days, according to police. Lt. John Stanford, police spokesman, urged anyone with information on the shootings, all unsolved, to come forward. "If a child is shot and we as adults don't speak up for those kids, then we are essentially not protecting our future," he said. The teen girl, who was shot in her thigh, was listed in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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June 24, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Frankford resident who asked a couple arguing near his home to leave because he had children nearby got more than he bargained for and was threatened with a gun, police said Wednesday. Police are seeking the public's help looking for the bad guys. About 3:45 p.m. June 5, the 35-year-old male resident heard the couple - who had stopped in a white Chrysler minivan in the rear alley on the 5200 block of Jackson Street - arguing, police said. Video surveillance showed a man wearing a black Levi's shirt getting out of the front-passenger seat of the minivan, and a woman getting out of the driver's seat.
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June 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday released surveillance video of a minivan suspected of fatally slamming into a teenager as she crossed Adams Avenue just off Roosevelt Boulevard in Crescentville late Monday. The video showed the minivan - described as a silver Chevy Venture, made in the early 2000s - on the boulevard heading north as it approached a traffic signal at the intersection of Whitaker Avenue, about a half-mile before the crash. It does not show the crash. The driver fled the scene after hitting the teen, identified as 17-year-old Markalyah Jackson, of the 4900 block of North Boudinot Street in Feltonville.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Joseph A. Gambardello, STAFF WRITERS
Police are looking for an older model minivan and its driver who fled after fatally hitting a teenager as she was crossing Adams Avenue, near Roosevelt Boulevard, in the Crescentville section of Northeast Philadelphia late Monday. The victim was identified late Tuesday afternoon as Markalyah Jackson, 17, of the 4900 block of North Boudinot Street in Feltonville. Jackson was crossing Adams Avenue in the crosswalk, heading south about 11:30 p.m. Monday when the minivan, which had been heading north on the boulevard, turned right onto Adams and hit her, Capt.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
A 27-year-old man suffered minor injuries when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bicycle Wednesday night in the Powelton section of West Philadelphia, police said. The man was riding north on 33rd Street at Powelton Avenue just after 8 p.m. when he was hit by a minivan making a turn at the intersection, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The driver, described only as a woman, stopped to look at the accident, then sped away, Small said. The man was treated by medics at the scene for cut and bruises to his hands.
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