September 5, 2013 |
Compassion is rare inside Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center. Maybe that's why Tuesday's victim-impact statement by James R. Kenny overshadowed the guilty plea of Angel Roque, who admitted killing Kenny's sister in a 2011 hit-and-run. "I ask for mercy on this man," said Kenny, 47, looking at Roque about 20 feet away. "I know about his other offenses, but I do know there is goodness inside this person. " Kenny barely mentioned why he was there: the impact of the Sept. 29, 2011, death of his older sister Joyce, whom Roque ran down before trying to devise an alibi by abandoning his GMC pickup truck and reporting it stolen.
August 31, 2013 |
Hymie's Merion Delicatessen had good luck and bad luck Thursday morning. The bad luck came in the form of a Dodge Ram pickup truck that crashed through the front wall, on the dining-room side, of the popular Lower Merion Township restaurant. The good luck was that the accident occurred an hour before opening time, so no diners were there and all the employees were in the other half of the restaurant. No one was injured except the driver, who one witness said was bleeding from his face.
August 1, 2013 |
Police are looking for the thief or thieves who stole about a dozen bicycles early Tuesday outside a Center City tavern. The bikes, with a combined value of about $22,000, were stolen at the Irish Pub on Walnut Street near 20th Street, where they were being stored behind a fence topped with barbed wire, said Mark O'Connor, a partner at the pub and president of the Irish Pub Children's Foundation. He said the bicycles, some high-end racing bikes, had been used by participants in Sunday's annual Tour de Shore charity ride.
July 11, 2013 |
A pickup truck collided with a SEPTA bus early Tuesday in West Philadelphia, injuring six people, including two young children, officials said. None of the injuries were life threatening. The operator of the pickup truck allegedly ran a red light and collided with the Route 42 bus about 1 a.m. at 62d and Spruce Streets, according to Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman. The truck driver and five bus passengers suffered minor injuries, including two children under the age of 3, Redfern said.
July 5, 2013 |
An 85-year-old Chester County woman has been charged with insurance fraud after her son allegedly caused a fatal accident while driving her pickup truck, police said Wednesday. Louise Landis registered and insured a Dodge Ram in her name and permitted her son, who had a poor driving record, to drive it, police said. The mother allegedly never drove the truck, though she claimed in insurance papers to be the sole driver. Her son, Robert, 50, was listed as an "excluded driver" on her policy, police said.
June 7, 2013
CAMDEN Authorities are looking for information regarding two unrelated homicides in Camden early Thursday morning. Steven Parker, 53, of Pennsauken, was found shot in the driver's seat of a pickup truck that crashed into two parked cars on the 1600 block of Norris Street about 4:50 a.m., authorities said. Parker was taken to Cooper University Hospital and pronounced dead about 5:30 a.m. The second victim, Sucha Duong, 23, of Camden, was found shot at 6:37 a.m. on the first block of North 30th Street.
May 17, 2013
A Havertown man was charged Wednesday with being the hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a 46-year-old Bryn Mawr woman and her 5-year-old twins while they were crossing Lancaster Avenue at Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr on April 25. Stephen John Groch, 27, of Ellis Road, was charged by Lower Merion police. He was the alleged driver of a black Ford F-150 pickup truck that hit the three before driving off. The mother and one daughter were treated at Bryn Mawr Hospital for bumps and bruises.
May 8, 2013 |
A WEST CHESTER man with seven prior drunken-driving arrests was drunk and driving with a suspended license when he fatally hit a motorcyclist in April, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said yesterday. Robert Elwood Landis, 49, of Concord Road near Oakbourne, now is charged with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and related offenses in the death of Liam James Crowley, 24, on April 26 in Westtown Township, Hogan said. Landis was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup south on Wilmington Pike when he turned into traffic at Stanton Avenue and hit Crowley, who suffered multiple traumatic injuries despite wearing a helmet, Hogan said.
April 25, 2013 |
BRICK, N.J. - A South Jersey police officer is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was dragged about 250 feet by a pickup truck driven by a man who later led officers on a high-speed chase through several towns, authorities said. Brick Patrolman Mark Nixon suffered a fractured rib, a sprained knee, a bruised elbow, and multiple abrasions in the incident last Thursday, which was made public Wednesday. Authorities say Nixon stopped the truck driven by Ronald DeFreitas of Toms River, who soon learned there was a warrant for his arrest.
February 22, 2013
A 76-year-old Philadelphia woman died Wednesday afternoon, hours after she was struck by a pickup truck in Frankford, according to police. The woman was walking across Aramingo Avenue near Milnor Street when she was struck about 6:10 a.m. She suffered "massive internal injuries" and was pronounced dead at 1:10 at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, police said. The driver of the Ford F-150, identified as a 60-year-old man, remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, police said.