May 16, 2015 |
Amtrak likely faces hundreds of millions of dollars in claims from victims of the derailment at Frankford Junction, according to personal-injury lawyers who specialize in transportation accidents. Because Congress capped such payouts for Amtrak in 1997, money to compensate victims probably will fall short of what is needed, these lawyers say. Under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, damages paid by the government to people injured in Amtrak derailments and to families of those passengers killed was limited to $200 million per crash.
June 11, 2014 |
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Monday in the Jan. 5 hit-and-run death of a 69-year-old Delaware County man who was walking his dog. Ernest Marks, 58, of the 5800 block of Felton Street, who had a history of driver's-license suspensions and drug abuse, will be sentenced Aug. 8 before County Court Judge George Pagano. Marks surrendered to police three days after the accident, in which Richard Patterson of Upper Darby and his dog, Baby, were killed. Marks told police he was unaware he had hit a person as he drove home along Providence Road in Upper Darby.
June 16, 2013 |
A Cherry Hill lawyer suspended from practice was sentenced Friday to time served - five months - and ordered to pay restitution of $1.2 million in funds he misappropriated from clients of his law firm. Michael W. Kwasnik, 44, of Philadelphia, also was sentenced to five months' probation by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in connection with two counts of money-laundering, to which he pleaded guilty in January, according a spokesman for state acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
April 17, 2013 |
BILAH TAYLOR, 22, said he had a rough day three years ago this month: The northbound SEPTA C bus he was riding grazed an abandoned newsstand just north of Susquehanna Avenue. The bus lost a mirror. Taylor said he lost much more - so much more, that he filed an insurance claim against the company to cover his medical bills. There's just one problem: He apparently wasn't on the bus. Taylor, of Glenmore Avenue near 54th Street, Southwest Philadelphia, is one of 10 people who District Attorney Seth Williams announced Monday will be charged with insurance fraud and related crimes after the minor accident April 5, 2010 - four of whom Williams says surveillance video shows were not even on the bus. "I grew up in Philadelphia, and the old joke . . . always was that if a bus has an accident on 60th Street, people on 52nd Street fall down," Williams said.
February 21, 2013 |
The family of a western Pennsylvania woman electrocuted when a powerline came down on its property has settled its lawsuit with the utility for $105 million, the largest personal injury case in state history. Shanin Specter, a Center city attorney who represented the family, said West Penn Power Co. initiated settlement talks in January. Earlier, a common pleas court jury in Pittsburgh had awarded the family $109 million following a three week trial. The victim, Carrie Goretzka, died after she came into contact with a downed, high-voltage line on the family's property.
February 15, 2013 |
As police continue to investigate Monday's shootings in a Delaware courthouse, court documents suggest a wider conspiracy in the death of Christine Belford, who police say was gunned down by her ex-father-in-law as a result of a long-running child custody dispute. Belford, 39, had gone to New Castle County Court in Wilmington for a child-support hearing when she and a friend were shot dead by Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, who exchanged fire with Capitol Police before taking his own life.
February 5, 2013 |
When Carrie Goretzka's two young girls ran out onto the porch of their suburban home 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in the late afternoon on June 2, 2009, what they saw was a scene of unrelenting horror. "Mommy, Mommy," yelled the oldest child, 4-year-old Chloe. "Mommy is on fire. Mommy is on fire. " Moments earlier, Carrie Goretzka had stepped outside her home in Irwin, Pa., to call the power company to report an outage and downed line on her property. She either stumbled into the line or it fell on top of her - no one knows for sure.
January 15, 2013 |
WILKES-BARRE - Some prosecutors and politicians are calling for changes in Pennsylvania laws that they say may encourage drivers to flee the scene of an accident if they have been drinking. Under current law, they say, people convicted of driving under the influence in a fatal accident face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years, but those who leave the scene and are caught after alcohol has left their system usually can be charged only with fleeing the scene, which carries a one-year minimum term.
January 3, 2013 |
A Conshohocken man today was charged with homicide by vehicle in the October death of a Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance worker. Benjamin Joseph Kane, driving illegally with a suspended license, was behind the wheel of 31,200 pound truck about 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. The vehicle drove onto the right berm between Norristown and Valley Forge and slammed into the rear of a bright orange turnpike truck, said Risa Vetri Ferman, the Montgomery County District...