May 15, 2013 |
DELRAN - Burlington County's portion of Route 130, which has been named one of the state's deadliest highways, will get extra patrols under a coordinated crackdown on unsafe drivers and pedestrians. State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced the launch of "Operation 130 Safe Passage" at a news conference with other officials who gathered in a parking lot off the busy six-lane highway in Delran. He said the initiative is designed to "avoid future tragedies" on the dangerous 23-mile stretch of the road, which travels north and south past numerous strip shopping centers.
March 28, 2013 |
Sobbing as he did throughout the trial, a Northeast Philadelphia man was sentenced Wednesday to 111/2 to 23 months in prison for the 2010 road-rage death of a pedestrian he and his father beat for crossing too slowly in front of their idling SUV. "Can I say goodbye to my mom?" Gerard Shaffer Jr., 24, called out to Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom as sheriff's deputies moved to take him into custody. "Turn around to say goodbye," Ransom said. Shaffer, tears running down his cheeks, arms out at his sides, waved his hands inward as his mother, Mary Beth Shaffer, stood and started walking toward him. "That's not allowed," one deputy said, and Shaffer was hustled out of court, mouthing, "I love you," to his crying mother.
March 19, 2013 |
Trains struck and killed 28 pedestrians in Pennsylvania last year, an increase of 22 percent over the number of such deaths in 2011. Nearly half the deaths occurred on SEPTA's tracks. Last year, SEPTA trains killed 12 people, up from 11 in 2011 and six each in 2010 and 2009. Last month, a rash of train-related accidents and suicides prompted State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Bucks-Montgomery) to urge SEPTA officials to do more to prevent such fatalities, even if it meant reduced speeds or lost revenue.
March 8, 2013 |
Three switchbacks? One switchback? No switchbacks? Those are the choices for a planned pedestrian ramp on the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, as outlined for the Delaware River Port Authority board Wednesday. All three of the alternatives would allow wheelchair users, as well as cyclists and walkers, to use the walkway on the south side of the 1.5-mile-long bridge. Currently, the walkway on the Camden end of the bridge ends in a steep staircase with 39 steps.
February 22, 2013 |
When she wants to ride her bike, Barbara Berman usually straps it to the roof of her car and drives out of Cherry Hill. "I'd love to go to Wegmans on a bicycle," said Berman, who meets friends outside town to ride. "It depends on how brave you feel, you know?" For Berman and other bicyclists, crossing the sprawling township and its wide, heavily trafficked highways can be a challenging, and sometimes frightening, endeavor. So they were excited Tuesday when the township Planning Board adopted a bicycle and pedestrian master plan - a project they pushed - to change that.
February 12, 2013 |
Invisible pedestrians are a nightmare for bus drivers, who live in fear of running over people they can't see. Three pedestrians were killed in 63 accidents with SEPTA buses in 2012, the most in recent history. Now, bus drivers are urging SEPTA to reposition outside rearview mirrors, contending they create a blind spot that endangers pedestrians, especially during left turns. The drivers have an ally in David Sale of Vancouver, Wash., whose daughter Danielle, 22, was killed by a left-turning bus in Portland, Ore., in 2010.
January 16, 2013 |
GERARD SHAFFER JR. cried enough tears to douse a small fire Monday after a Philadelphia jury rejected a third-degree-murder charge against him and instead convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser crime. Shaffer, 23, who aspired to be a city firefighter like his late father, Gerard Sr., could face three to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced March 8 by Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom. Shaffer was tried for the April 2010 death of pedestrian Mark Wallace, 54, who slipped into a coma and succumbed to head injuries from a street fight with Shaffer and his father, who also was charged but died of a heart attack in December 2011.
January 14, 2013
Police were investigating a hit-and-run accident that left two pedestrians critically injured Saturday night in Voorhees. The crash happened around 6:40 p.m. at Hudson Avenue and County Route 561. Officers from the Voorhees Township Police Department were still at the scene late Saturday. The victims, both women in their twenties, were walking near the southbound lanes of Route 561 when they were struck. They were listed in critical but stable condition Saturday night at Cooper University Hospital.
January 13, 2013 |
Jury deliberations will resume Monday in the murder and conspiracy trial of Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, accused of fatally attacking an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of his father's SUV. The Common Pleas Court jurors deliberated for less than an hour Friday after closing arguments in the case. On the evening of April 8, 2010, Shaffer grabbed Mark Wallace in a bear hug, and the two fell on the street at Knights and Fairdale Roads in the Northeast, police reports show.