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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
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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.
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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
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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 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.
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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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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.
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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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April 8, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, STAFF WRITER
The Kenney Administration has announced plans to use a $2.5 million federal grant to make Philadelphia's deathtrap less dangerous. Mayor Kenney announced Wednesday that members of the public can attend a series of forums to tell the city how the accident-prone and traffic-heavy Roosevelt Boulevard could be improved. The U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant awarded in 2014, coupled with another $2.5 million in state and local contributions, will fund four series of forums over the next three years which will lead to recommendations for the boulevard by February 2019.
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March 26, 2016
Two pedestrians were struck by cars - one fatally - around the same time on two of Philadelphia's broadest roadways Friday night, police said. In Southwest Philadelphia, a man died just after 8 p.m. after he was struck by a Mitsubishi at the 7300 block of Lindbergh Boulevard. His age was not known. A half-hour later in Northeast Philadelphia, a 50-year-old man crossing the inner lanes of the 7600 block of Roosevelt Boulevard was hit by a motorcycle. He was in critical condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus.
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March 25, 2016 | By Sarah Stuart
IN 2013, Feltonville resident Samara Banks and three of her children were killed by a driver racing another motorist, traffic light to traffic light on Roosevelt Boulevard. Why would anyone blatantly speed on a road posted at 45 mph? Because racing on an overly wide Roosevelt Boulevard is easy and has too few consequences. The only consequence that night was four innocents losing their lives. But, sadly, they weren't the only ones. In Philadelphia, speed-related crashes kill nearly 100 people a year.
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March 13, 2016 | Staff Reports
A woman who was seen being pulled into a vehicle from a SEPTA bus has told police she was not abducted, as investigators continue to probe the bizarre incident on Roosevelt Boulevard. Police said the apparent overnight abduction occurred after a man in a Pontiac followed a SEPTA bus on Roosevelt Boulevard, smashed a bus window and was seen punching and dragging a woman who got off the vehicle into car shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Police said later Friday morning that the woman went to Northeast Detectives and told the officers that she was not abducted.
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March 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Frank Crossin, a clerical supervisor at the city's Criminal Justice Center, will celebrate his 17th birthday on Monday. OK, he's really turning 68. But, his birthday is on Feb. 29, so it comes only once every four years, during Leap Year. You might have met Crossin if you've gone to the third-floor Clerk of Courts office in the city's main criminal courthouse, at 13th and Filbert Streets, near City Hall. He's one of the people sitting behind the desk when you ask to look at old court files.
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February 26, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
MAYBE YOU'RE a street racer and think your skills could make you a star in Fast & Furious.   So you don't worry about killing yourself or someone else at the late-night races that burn stinking rubber on Aramingo Avenue. Or terrify normal drivers on State Road. Or pull adrenaline junkies to the Auto Mall on Essington Avenue after the dealerships have closed for the day. That doesn't mean you're off the hook if the bozo you're racing against wrecks his ride and sends himself or others to the grave.
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A man died Monday night after running across Roosevelt Boulevard partially naked and being struck by two vehicles, police said. The man, whom police did not identify, was trying to cross the boulevard at Harbison Avenue around 8:15 p.m., police said. Running south in the Boulevard's outer lanes, the man was struck by a silver 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, police said, and then flung into the inner lanes where he was struck by a silver 2009 Volkswagen. Sgt. Joseph Rossa of the Accident Investiation Division said police were still investigating why the man was running across the busy thoroughfare.
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February 3, 2016
A partially naked man running across Roosevelt Boulevard died after he was struck by two vehicles at Harbison Avenue on Monday night. The accident occurred about 8:15 p.m. when the unidentified man was trying to cross the boulevard, running south in the outer lanes. He was hit by a silver 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, police said. The man was flung into the inner lanes, where he was struck by a silver 2009 Volkswagon CC, police said. He was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, where he was pronounced dead at about 9:50 p.m., police said.
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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.
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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.
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