June 29, 2014 |
Their voices echoed as they moved south down Haddon Avenue and under I-676, bouncing back from the light-green metal supports of the overpass as traffic rumbled overhead. "Watch out for kids! Put your cellphones down!" Gabby Colon chanted toward the cars that passed by, some honking in support. Around her walked more than 80 people, crowding and spilling over from the sidewalk into the street. Many wore white T-shirts with a picture of 5-year-old Richard Pagan superimposed on a Captain America shield.
June 21, 2014 |
More than a month later, the horror of Zachary Woods' death still sends a chill down a pedestrian's spine. The 27-year-old Wharton student was walking along Walnut Street toward the Penn campus on a bright Tuesday morning when an out-of-control motorist slammed into another car at the 30th Street intersection. Spinning like a top, the car jumped the sidewalk on the south side and sent Woods plunging over the railing into Penn Park, 38 feet below. While news reports called it a "freak accident," you can't help wondering if it was entirely unpredictable.
May 20, 2014 |
A freak accident on Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield Township around midnight Saturday has left one man dead and a friend injured. State police gave the following account: Benjamin Melendez, 30, of Trenton, was a passenger in a Suzuki that broke down on the left shoulder of I-95, just south of the Yardley/Newtown exit. When a friend arrived to help, Melendez started to cross the highway to meet her and was struck by a side mirror on a passing Lexus. Daniel Raymond, 26 of Levittown, the driver of the disabled Suzuki, saw his friend get hit and went into the roadway to help Melendez, who was sitting up in the right lane, get to safety.
May 14, 2014 |
In Philadelphia's stepped-up efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries, one tactic has not been used: Issuing tickets to scofflaw pedestrians. So far this year, Philadelphia police have cited no one for jaywalking. That follows a historic pattern. On average, city police issue about nine jaywalking tickets a year, according to the department's records. By comparison, San Diego issued 328 jaywalking tickets in a single day last year. Los Angeles police issued more than 31,000 jaywalking citations last year in that city's Central Bureau, an area of about 900,000 people.
April 4, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an incident in which he rushed at another man and, with his hand on his city-issued firearm, threatened to kill him, police said Wednesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was off duty when the incident happened about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 20, police said. The nine-year veteran was backing up his car when it struck a pedestrian. The man, who was hit in a knee, banged on Sawicki's trunk to let him know he had been struck, police said.
March 18, 2014 |
PENNSAUKEN Just after his van struck and killed a pedestrian on Admiral Wilson Boulevard early Sunday morning, the driver got out of his vehicle to help - only to be hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. The tragic sequence of events occurred about 3:10 a.m. at the intersection of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and Lee Avenue, police said. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man whose name was not released, was walking across the highway when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
December 10, 2013 |
A pedestrian wearing a Santa costume on I-95 was struck and killed late Saturday by a suspended driver suspected of being high on marijuana, Pennsylvania State Police said. Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was arrested on homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence charges, police said Sunday. Adam Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Lebanon County, was struck about 10:25 p.m. on the southbound lanes of I-95 near the Vine Street Expressway, police said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Hahnemann University Hospital.
August 23, 2013 |
A retired Camden City police officer working as a civilian employee for the new county force is accused of posing as a police officer and robbing a pedestrian while on the job, authorities said Wednesday. Richard Dayton, 45, of Haddon Township, was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery and official misconduct. He was being held in the Camden County Jail on $50,000 bail, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden County Police. Dayton joined the city force in 1997 and retired on a disability pension in 2005 after he was hit by a state trooper while on duty in 2004.
July 26, 2013 |
One week after a mother and three of her sons were fatally struck by apparent drag racers on Roosevelt Boulevard, a state senator has proposed lining the busy roadway with speed-enforcement cameras, the first technology of its kind in the area. "A family has been decimated because reckless hooligans thought they could play Speed Racer in Northeast Philly," said Sen. Michael Stack (D., Phila.), who will introduce the legislation. "It's outrageous and we need speed-enforcement cameras to help us stop this senselessness.
July 22, 2013 |
A BIGGER POLICE presence, speed-detection cameras and an engineering study - these are some of the ideas local leaders say should be explored in the wake of the horrific deaths Tuesday of a mother and her three children on Roosevelt Boulevard. City Controller Alan Butkovitz said he sent letters yesterday to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, asking both to put more cops on the notorious 12-lane highway. Butkovitz said his office studied unsafe crosswalks on the Boulevard in 2006 and recommended then that police presence be increased.