May 7, 2015 |
IT WAS LATE SATURDAY, about 9 p.m., when James Hall double-parked in front of his home in West Philly. He had just gotten back from a shopping trip with his two daughters, his fiancee, Lakisha Robinson, and Robinson's daughter, Aniyah Curry. The group was getting ready to go back out, Robinson said yesterday, so Hall left the car's hazard lights on as he ran inside to grab something. He'd only be gone for a few minutes, he told the others. But in that short span, the family was nearly torn apart by a careless punk in a black sedan.
July 9, 2014 |
SHAFFIAT ALI is a man who should not have a car, judging by how he's allegedly used his red Mitsubishi Eclipse since early May. Two months after he was arrested in a road-rage incident in Center City, Ali, 31, was arrested again Sunday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was crossing Market Street near 2nd about 1:20 a.m. and then tried to speed away, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Some friends of the injured pedestrian gave chase, and officers on routine patrol spotted them and pulled Ali over, Russell said.
July 1, 2014 |
IRIS MONTANEZ hasn't slept since Friday. The image of Antonio Pedraza, her next-door neighbor and good friend, being shot to death at point-blank range just in front of her doorstep keeps playing over and over again in her mind. "The guy had no reason" to shoot him, Montanez, 41, cried yesterday afternoon at her home on 5th Street near Cambria. "I remember everything. Two days, I don't sleep or nothing, because I've got everything in my head. " In Spanglish and with translation help from her 10-year-old daughter, who also witnessed part of Pedraza's brutal slaying Friday night, Montanez recounted the harrowing ordeal that unfolded on the busy Fairhill block, leaving the 32-year-old man dead on the sidewalk: Pedraza had been out to see the new "Transformers" movie with an ex-girlfriend earlier in the evening, Montanez said.
June 11, 2014 |
"IT'S NOT WORTH IT," Theodore Johnson said. He couldn't understand why a New Jersey man allegedly killed his cousin over something as petty as a traffic dispute. "It's silly," he said last night at the Logan house where his cousin, Todd Riley, lived. "It's not worth him dying, and it's not worth that man sitting in prison for the rest of his life. " Riley, 43, whom Johnson described as a kindhearted family man who treated him like a brother, died early Sunday at Temple University Hospital, police said.
May 16, 2014 |
Police have charged a South Philadelphia man, a registered sex offender under Megan's law, in Saturday night's road-rage incident in which a vehicle's window was shot out. Police said Shaffiat Ali, 31, of the 1400 block of South 12th Street, was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. He was accused of using a BB gun to shoot at a car with two women and a 4-year-old girl in the backseat about 7:20 p.m. on the 400 block of South Broad Street. The 28-year-old driver told police that the incident began on the 500 block of Lombard Street when a red Mitsubishi Eclipse began to follow her vehicle, and the man behind the wheel of the Eclipse began blowing the horn and hanging out the driver's side window.
September 23, 2013 |
As a little boy growing up south of South Street, Joe Wilson first drove a car, a 1942 Packard, at age 6 with his stepfather. That's right, 6. At age 11, he took the wheel of a '56 Fairlane, alone. But Joe dreamed big, SEPTA-bus big. "The No. 50 went right by my house, and all I ever wanted," he said, "was the honor of driving a bus. " It took him almost a decade before he landed his dream job, in 1978. But it was worth the effort. Rare is a man so suited to a job. Every weeknight, Wilson's trips on the No. 2 bus resemble a movable watering hole without the drink.
July 17, 2013 |
The State of Pennsylvania is sending a message to drivers: Slow down, back off, chill out. For the next month, law enforcement agencies along the 350-mile Route 30 corridor will work overtime to target and ticket aggressive drivers. So what qualifies as "aggressive?" Tailgating. Running red lights. Weaving. Giving too little space to cyclists and pedestrians. And, of course, there are more directly aggressive moves - honking, flipping the bird, yelling, even assault - associated with road rage.
July 12, 2013 |
THE SCHUYLKILL Expressway's nerve-racking enough without bullets flying around, but state police say one angry motorist skipped the horn and went for a gun in a road-rage incident Wednesday night. The victim was driving his Chrysler 300 west on the Expressway about 10:30 p.m. between Montgomery Drive and Route 1 when he accidentally cut off another driver, said Cpl. Gerard McShea, of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Philadelphia. The victim said he saw the car behind him speed up and then heard a loud crack, McShea said.
April 28, 2013 |
ATTENTION, MOTORISTS: Be on the lookout for a hotheaded driver on Roosevelt Boulevard who'll knock your teeth out if you diss him. I share this warning because the guy is a menace, even if a certain cop in the 8th Police District doesn't think so. And I want to spread the word before someone gets beaten up, the way William Velasquez did. Last Saturday afternoon, Velasquez, 40, was cruising north on Roosevelt near Welsh Road, headed for Walmart....
April 16, 2013
A road-rage incident turned into a shootout Sunday afternoon in North Philadelphia when a private security guard and another man traded fire at 13th and Wallace Streets around 2:15 p.m., police said. It was not immediately clear who fired first, or how many shots were fired. The security guard pursued the man, who was in a car with several others, police said, to the 800 block of Reno Street. The man then jumped out of the car, the security guard reported, and barricaded himself in an apartment building.