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May 18, 2013
A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a minivan Friday evening on Roosevelt Boulevard, police said. At 8:20 p.m., the van was traveling south on 5th Street and made a right turn onto the Boulevard when it was hit by the motorcycle, police said. The cyclist was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 8:47 p.m., police said. - Tom Avril
NEWS
October 8, 2008 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City and state officials yesterday announced a vehicle and pedestrian safety plan for Roosevelt Boulevard, on which 55 people have been killed in traffic accidents over the last five years. Mayor Nutter was joined by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Phila.) and others in a City Hall news conference as they outlined the plan for the 12-lane roadway. Nutter, describing the boulevard as "one of the most hazardous roads in America," praised Schwartz for securing $3.2 million in federal money for the plan.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
A 22-year man was killed early Saturday in Northeast Philadelphia when his car struck a light pole at the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Holme Avenue and split in half. Police identified the victim of the 12:30 a.m. accident as Rasheed Blaknight of the 2200 block of West Yelland Street. An unidentified passenger in the car, also 22, was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale hospital in critical condition. - Harold Brubaker
NEWS
October 2, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after crashing a Chevy Malibu into a tree and flipping over on the Northbound outer lane of Roosevelt Boulevard at Rhawn Street Sunday morning, police said. They boy was taken to Saint Christopher's Hospital. The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. No other information was immediately available.   Contact Inquirer staff writer Melissa Dribben at 215-854-2590 or mdribben@phillynews.com  
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May 13, 1990 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
Concerned about frequent reports of cars hitting trees and other fixed objects along Roosevelt Boulevard, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has named an engineering firm to study the problem and make safety recommendations. Chosen recently from three firms that had expressed an interest in the project was Buchart Horn Inc. of York, Pa. The project, part of Gov. Casey's efforts to improve traffic safety on Pennsylvania highways, was authorized earlier this year.
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July 15, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Khusen Akhmedov, whose love of speed ended in a 2013 crash on Roosevelt Boulevard that killed a Northeast mother and three of her children, was found guilty Monday of four counts of third-degree murder. Michael Diamondstein, lawyer for the 24-year-old Lancaster emergency medical technician, acknowledged that Samara Banks and three of her four sons died because of Akhmedov's speeding and reckless driving. But Diamondstein argued that the evidence did not prove Akhmedov had the "malice" necessary to support third-degree murder, and said the accident was also caused by the Boulevard's dangerous design, and because the victims "jaywalked" in an area not for pedestrians.
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July 26, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT WILL TAKE a lifetime for Samara Banks' family to sort through the heartache and grief 'endured when an alleged drag-racing driver struck and killed the young mother and three of her kids July 16 on Roosevelt Boulevard. Mercifully, the family won't have to worry about finding a way to cover the cost of laying their fallen relatives to rest. The owners of Greenmount Cemetery in Feltonville and Chandler Funeral Home in Juniata Park have offered to donate their services to Banks' family.
NEWS
December 11, 1997 | by Don Russell and Bob Warner, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writers Ramona Smith and Scott Heimer contributed to this report
The ghost of Teddy "Rough Rider" Roosevelt is alive and behind the wheel on the Northeast Philadelphia roadway that carries his name. In a city where aggressive driving and lax traffic law enforcement have made driving hell on wheels most everywhere in Philadelphia, the roughest ride of all is on Roosevelt Boulevard. That detail and countless others emerge from a first-ever public examination of crash data in which the Daily News sorted through computerized Philadelphia Police Department records to determine the locations of more than 120,000 serious crashes throughout the city that occurred from 1991 to 1996.
NEWS
April 13, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old Rhawnhurst man was charged yesterday with leaving the scene of an accident in which a 13-year-old girl was fatally injured Sunday night while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. The driver of the car that struck Monaye Morris-Reveron of Olney fled after the 11:30 p.m. accident, police said. According to authorities, Patrick Dooner, of the 1800 block of Chandler Street, was arrested at his home about an hour after the accident. Dooner was in custody pending arraignment.
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January 9, 2016
A man was fatally wounded and three women suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash Thursday afternoon that snarled traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard in the city's East Falls section, police said. Around 4 p.m., a Chrysler 300 traveling north in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard near Ridge Avenue struck a Toyota Camry. The 29-year-old male driver of the Chrysler fled from the car and attempted to jump a barrier, and severed his right foot and injured his head, police said. He was transported by medics to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m. A 52-year-old female passenger in the Chrysler suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.
NEWS
December 30, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
A pedestrian was fatally hit by a car on Roosevelt Boulevard early Monday morning. Philadelphia police said the 48-year-old man was struck near Harbison Avenue at about 5:40 a.m. Preliminary information indicated the man was trying to cross the road when he was hit, police said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who remained at the scene, wasn't injured, police said, adding no other vehicles were involved. No charges had been filed against the driver as of Monday afternoon and police said the initial investigation indicated he was not impaired at the time of the crash.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The recent boom in health-care mergers and acquisitions, which resounded loudly with Monday's $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan deal, already involves a small Philadelphia generic-drug company that has spent most of its 73-year existence trying to stay under the radar. Lannett Co. might be a takeover target or a buyer in the future, but now it is trying to digest a complicated acquisition of its own from September and a smaller one from May. Lannett, with 502 employees and five Philadelphia properties, was formed by two pharmacist brothers in 1942, before there was a distinct generic-drug industry.
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November 4, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN A RARE MOMENT in the city's criminal courts, the family of a man convicted of killing a mother and three of her young sons on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago walked over to the victims' family members and hugged, cried and spoke with them during a sentencing-hearing break. As everyone knew, there were no winners in the courtroom. On one side, family members of Samara Banks, 27, who was killed with three of her sons while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard at 2nd Street, about 10:30 p.m. July 16, 2013, still visibly felt the tremendous loss of their loved ones.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE YESTERDAY reduced bail for a man charged in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was riding his motorcycle in Northeast Philadelphia in August. Louis John Vogwill, 59, was being held in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail in the crash that killed Officer Lamar Poole Sr., 42, who was crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in Oxford Circle when he was allegedly hit by Vogwill's car. Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni yesterday reduced Vogwill's bail to $200,000 after hearing arguments from attorneys and receiving character letters in support of Vogwill from defense attorney Michael Engle.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pedestrian struck and killed Friday night on Roosevelt Boulevard has been identified as John Francis, 24, of the 4400 block of Longshore Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. He was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox traveling north on the Boulevard near Welsh Road in the inner lanes, police said. When he was hit, Francis was attempting to cross the Boulevard from the grassy median, a few hundred feet from the intersection, they said. The driver of the car that hit him was a 41-year-old woman who remained at the scene, police said.
NEWS
September 2, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day before he died, Officer Lamar Poole proudly showed off his new motorcycle to his fellow officers of the 12th Police District. He told them about the modifications he planned to make to the Honda VTX. He talked about how it compared with his last motorcycle. His excitement, as always, was contagious, his colleagues said. "He was a very outgoing person - he had a big personality," said Sgt. Denise Brown, who headed Poole's squad. On Sunday, Poole was off duty and riding the motorcycle down Devereaux Street in Oxford Circle when he was hit by a drunk driver who then stopped the car, looked at the critically injured officer lying in the street, and sped off, police say. Poole was rushed to a hospital, but died from his injuries an hour later.
NEWS
September 1, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run crash Sunday afternoon on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Investigators say the officer was struck just after 4 p.m. while riding a motorcycle on the inside lanes at the intersection with Devereaux Avenue, in the Oxford Circle section of the Northeast. John McNesby, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, identified the officer as Lamar Poole, an 18-year veteran of the department and a father of seven.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 24-year-old woman and 30-year-old man were killed in a rollover crash in Crescentville early Monday, police said. Rosagna Galvez was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Roosevelt Boulevard at a high speed, accompanied by a man identified as Jeifrey or Jeifry Chevez. She attempted a right turn at Adams Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., police said. The vehicle crossed the grassy median on the Boulevard and then hopped the curb. According to police investigators, the vehicle struck a sign on Adams Avenue and then hit a utility box with a concrete base.
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July 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE yesterday ruled that a driver speeding on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago when he smashed into a mother and three of her young sons was indeed racing another driver and that his actions rose to the level of third-degree murder. "Not only did he treat Roosevelt Boulevard as his own personal roadway, he treated it as his own personal speedway," Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff said of defendant Khusen Akhmedov. Geroff yesterday convicted Akhmedov, 24, of four counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the deadly crash that killed Samara Banks, 27, and three of her sons, who were crossing the Boulevard at 2nd Street about 10:20 p.m. July 16, 2013.
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