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July 31, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of people gathered at a rally and vigil Tuesday evening on the grassy lot where three children were killed by a carjacked SUV that veered out of control at Germantown and Allegheny Avenues last week. Cassandra Alexander, a relative who spoke on behalf of the family, described their anguish and bewilderment. "Our hearts are broken. We can't believe this is our new reality: a nightmare with no end," she told the crowd. Killed in the crash were 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Joseph Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Moore.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
GREG JENKINS was awakened early yesterday morning by a "loud thump" against the side of his rowhouse in West Philly. "It sounded like something was about to come through the walls," Jenkins said last night outside his home, on Daggett Street near Girard Avenue. He had no idea that the noises were blows allegedly being rained down on his elderly next-door neighbor by her 15-year-old foster son. "I always got a bad vibe from that kid, to be honest," he said, "but I never pictured anything like this; he never struck me as violent.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy severely beat his 70-year-old foster mother Monday morning, then stole her car, drove it to Chester County, and crashed into another vehicle in Tredyffrin Township, police said. The teenager faces charges including aggravated assault, attempted murder, third-degree felony theft, reckless endangerment, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Philadelphia and Tredyffrin police. The foster mother, Marrie Chess, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a fractured sternum and head injuries, police said, and was listed in stable condition.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
This year's rendition of the Philadelphia Auto Show turns out to be a car cotillion of exceptional magnitude. Nearly a dozen 2015 cars and trucks will make their regional debuts at the show, which opens its nine-day run Saturday at the Convention Center. The debutantes range from the radically redesigned Ford F-150 full-size pickup and the brand new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups to the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan, the Cadillac Escalade large SUV, and the latest coming of the iconic Ford Mustang.
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHRIS ALVELO, a 17-year-old aspiring Eagle Scout from New Foundations Charter School, is being hailed as a Philadelphia hero after he took control of the wheel Saturday afternoon when his stepfather lost consciousness while driving, possibly due to a medical emergency. The teen may have saved four lives. Alvelo, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was killed instantly when the Ford Explorer slammed into a parked vehicle near Northeast Philadelphia Airport about 12:30 p.m., police said.
NEWS
July 20, 2013
An 11-year-old girl was in critical condition after being struck by an SUV late Thursday afternoon on Roosevelt Boulevard in the city's Olney section, police said. The girl, who was riding a bicycle, was trying to cross the Boulevard at Garland Street around 5:30 p.m. when she was hit by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade heading south on the Boulevard, police said. The girl suffered head injuries and a broken right arm and was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
A 34-year-old woman faces drunken driving charges after driving her SUV into a backyard pool in Philadelphia's West Mount Airy section. Police were called to the home on the 700 block of West Mount Airy Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and found a 2006 Saturn Vue in the pool and the driver sitting on the ground. The woman's name has not been released yet because she has not been formally charged.  
BUSINESS
May 18, 2013 | By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
DETROIT - Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly. Subaru's 2014 Forester was the only vehicle to get the top "good" rating in the results released Thursday. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was rated "acceptable. " But fast-selling models such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Jeep Wrangler received only "marginal" or "poor" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARLSBAD, N.M. - As the driver of an overturned SUV lay dead beneath his vehicle, someone stole the rims, tires and battery, Carlsbad police said Friday. The accident on a little-used, dirt road happened either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, killing Steven Roy Reese, 26, Carlsbad police said. He apparently lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer and it flipped over, tossing out Reese and pinning him under the SUV, police said.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | Associated Press
CARLSBAD, N.M. - Hours after a fatal crash, police in New Mexico say they arrived at the scene to find the wrecked SUV's rims, tires and battery had been stolen as the victim remained pinned underneath the vehicle. The accident on a little-used dirt road happened either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, killing 26-year-old Steven Roy Reese, Carlsbad police said. The victim apparently lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer, and the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the medical investigator determined Reese was dead for at least eight hours before police found him. The act of removing the items was both illegal and extremely insensitive, said Carlsbad Police Lt. Jennifer Moyers, and the person who stole the vehicle parts could face criminal charges.
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