April 8, 2016 |
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.
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.
March 25, 2016 |
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.
March 13, 2016 |
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.
March 1, 2016 |
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.
February 26, 2016 |
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.
February 4, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
December 30, 2015 |
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.