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December 19, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New York state man was charged Wednesday with allowing an unlicensed teenager to drive an SUV that flipped along a Poconos roadway in August, killing three Bucks County teenagers and injuring a fourth. Michael J. Ware, 53, of Scarsdale, was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges including endangering the welfare of children and involuntary manslaughter, according to Janine Edwards, district attorney of Wayne County, Pa. The crash near Wallenpaupack Lake Estates killed three 15-year-old Council Rock High School sophomores - Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher - and injured a fourth.
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December 19, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old Bucks County high school student was struck and killed early Wednesday by an SUV when the 18-year-old driver failed to stop for a school bus even though its stop arm was deployed and its lights were flashing, officials said. They said the victim was crossing Bensalem Boulevard in Bensalem when the incident occurred in predawn darkness about 6:30 a.m. "You've got two sets of lives here," said Fred Harran, the township's public-safety director. In addition to the victim, he said, the driver, who has not been charged but was being questioned, is "not going to get that out of his head.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dark-colored Pathfinder crashed into the side of a medical building on Chestnut Street in Center City just after 9:15 p.m., breaking the calm on a pleasant fall evening as fire, police and other first responders rushed to the scene. The driver, a man whose name was not released, was rushed to Jefferson Hospital, where he was in stable condition with unspecified injuries, said Philadelphia Police Sgt. Rich Paraschak. No other injuries were reported. The scene at 833 Chestnut was filled by fire trucks, police cars and bystanders strolling the neighborhood who stopped to take cellphone photos of the vehicle protruding from the ground level of the building known as Jefferson Medical Offices.
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October 2, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Police investigators continued Tuesday to comb through ashes and scorch marks left in a parking lot where an SUV belonging to a rabbi was torched last Wednesday night after he parked it before conducting Rosh Hashanah services at the adjacent Rodef Sholom Orthodox Synagogue. Rabbi David Kushner said that while it was unclear whether the case was specifically a hate crime, it is being investigated as a "suspicious" fire by police. Police declined to comment on the case and have not released an official report on it. "Until the police finish their investigation, it is impossible to know what the motive was, what was going through somebody's mind," said Kushner, of Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section, who recently became Rodef Sholom's rabbi.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
RABBI DAVID KUSHNER is having a rough start to the Jewish New Year. "We're trying to look at this situation positively," Kushner, of Rhawnhurst, told the Daily News last night. "The year can only get better from here. " Early Thursday, his Ford Explorer was torched as it sat parked in the lot next to the Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Atlantic City, the rabbi said. Kushner recently became the synagogue's rabbi, and had parked the SUV in the lot Wednesday night before conducting Rosh Hashanah services.
NEWS
September 7, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 10-year-old boy who was struck and dragged by an SUV while riding his bicycle Thursday in Northeast Philadelphia died early Friday morning, police said. About 8:20 p.m. Thursday, Mekhi Freeman was riding near the intersection of Loretto and Longshore Avenues in Castor Gardens, police said, when a Cadillac Escalade stopped at a stop sign at Longshore. Riding west through the intersection, Mekhi was struck by the accelerating SUV, which was heading south. The boy was dragged about 50 feet, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two of the three Bucks County teenagers killed in an SUV crash last weekend apparently were not wearing seat belts when the vehicle flipped multiple times off a northeastern Pennsylvania road, police said Wednesday. The third victim died despite wearing his seat belt, police said, but a fourth passenger, also a student at Council Rock South High School, was unbuckled in the vehicle and escaped with minor injuries. As accident reconstruction experts continued their investigation, State Police also confirmed that the driver, an unlicensed 15-year-old from New York who may have been speeding, will be charged in juvenile court.
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September 4, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Ben Finley, and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
The SUV that flipped and rolled off a northeastern Pennsylvania road last weekend, killing three Bucks County teenagers, was driven by a 15-year-old New York girl who may have been speeding, authorities said Tuesday. As Council Rock South High School and its community opened the school year facing a numbing succession of funerals and memorial services, investigators prepared possible charges in the case. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards declined to identify the driver or the charges, except to say they would be processed in juvenile court.
NEWS
August 17, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Lexus invented the luxury crossover SUV when it introduced its RX model 16 years ago. For that Edisonesque accomplishment, the upmarket manufacturer was issued a license to print money. The RX sells more than 100,000 copies a year, making it this country's top-selling luxury vehicle. That many sales of a vehicle that starts at $40,795 translates into yumongous yens, particularly when you're talking about premium-brand profit margins. Now, it seems, the king of the Lexus showrooms will have to cede a little floor space to a new kid brother, the Lexus NX. Due in the dealerships in late November/early December, the NX is Lexus' new entry-level crossover, a somewhat smaller, sportier, and cheaper variation on the RX. Unlike the pioneering RX, however, the NX is rather late to the compact crossover party.
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