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January 3, 2016
Question : I recently reserved a midsize rental car in Shannon, Ireland, for myself, my wife, and another couple through Hertz. At the airport, a Hertz representative upgraded us to an SUV, which sounded bigger, but was not. We were given the keys to an Opel Mokka, which was so small we could not fit our bags into it without putting two of them on our laps. I have driven stick-shift cars for 53 years, but when I started driving this car, I had trouble getting it into gear. I must say I was a bit frazzled, as the car was so small and there were four of us in it. I did get it going, but noticed a smell coming from the car right away, so I drove it around the airport block back to Hertz.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A Lawnside woman who left her children in the backseat of her SUV with the engine running was charged with neglect Wednesday, four days after a thief stole the vehicle and crashed it while the frightened children were inside, police said. Kyna C. Garnett, 32, also was charged with one count of fourth-degree abuse, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced in a news release Wednesday. The thief stole the vehicle about 30 seconds after Garnett went inside Colombo Liquors in Magnolia around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The mother who left two children in an SUV that a thief stole and then crashed two minutes later - while she was inside a Magnolia liquor store just before midnight Saturday - has not been charged, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. "No charges have been filed against her at this time, but we are continuing the investigation," Andy McNeil said. Authorities are withholding the identify of the 32-year-old Lawnside woman, to whom the 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl were returned after they were treated for minor injuries at Cooper University Hospital, he said.
NEWS
December 15, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Gloucester County man was charged with kidnapping for stealing an SUV - in which two children were left alone as backseat passengers - from the parking lot of a Camden County liquor store about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. Christopher Dumas, 38, of Paulsboro, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and theft. Magnolia police say he crashed the stolen Trailblazer into another vehicle during his getaway, causing it to flip over. The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl from Lawnside, suffered minor scrapes and were treated and released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, police said.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 BMW X6M: The M is for mmm-mmm. Price: $115,150 as tested. The test model started at a far more modest $102,100, but a few add-ons broke the bank - including $1,900 for the Driver Assistance Plus package. More options are detailed below. Marketer's pitch: "Meet the new extravagance. " That's what the company declares for those looking at El Cheapo X6 sports activity coupé, which costs mere pocket change at $59,800. I'm sure a quick sweep of the couch cushions will uncover that, plus enough for a few options.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LAST TIME Taylor saw her big brother, he was being his usual goofy self. Shakoor Arline had dropped the 17-year-old off outside her high school in Montgomery County, and she ran to get inside, darting up the steps. But as she neared the door, Shakoor called out: "You're not going to give me a hug?" So Taylor ran back to the car to oblige her older brother, her protector, who left her with one final message: "Good luck on your test today. I love you. " Carla, their aunt, choked back tears last night as she recounted the exchange, the last between the siblings.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a young boy was killed and a mother and her child seriously injured in separate hit-and-run incidents Monday night, Philadelphia police asked for the public's help in identifying the drivers responsible. They also highlighted rewards posted in each hit and run - $20,000 in the death of the 4-year-old boy in Kingsessing, and $10,000 in the case of the 19-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son in Fairhill. Mother and child remained in critical condition Tuesday at Temple University Hospital, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
YOU CAN call them cute utes. Or wee SUVs. Or soft-road crossovers. If you're being really specific (and boring), they're subcompact crossover sport utility vehicles. And - wowee zowee - there will be plenty of them at the Philadelphia Auto Show opening Saturday through Feb. 8 at the convention center. We're talking brand newbies from Honda (HR-V), Mazda (CX-3), Fiat (500X), Jeep (Renegade) and Chevrolet (Trax). Plus 2015 updates from Nissan (Juke), Kia (Soul), the trailblazing (since 2004!
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WOMAN was clinging to life last night after a horrific accident in Bustleton, police said. Just after 5:30 p.m., a 46-year-old woman was dropping her kids off at the Klein Jewish Community Center, on Jamison Avenue near Red Lion Road, when she became pinned underneath her Honda SUV, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman's head and torso wedged under the passenger side of the vehicle, Small said. Only her feet and lower legs were visible.
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