July 13, 2015 |
JUST A WEEK before Khusen Akhmedov fatally struck a mother and three of her young sons on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, he was tailgating, speeding and blowing through red lights in Lancaster County, a witness testified yesterday. Melissa Stothoff said that on July 8, 2013, she had left Lancaster city and was driving on New Danville Pike when Akhmedov, whom she did not know, came up behind her in a silver Audi. "He had pulled up behind me at a high rate of speed," she testified at Akhmedov's nonjury trial in the July 16, 2013, Roosevelt Boulevard deaths that killed Samara Banks, 27, and three of her sons.
July 9, 2015 |
NEARLY TWO MONTHS after a Ride the Ducks boat struck and crushed his wife at a Center City intersection, a Texas man is suing the company and the city of Philadelphia. Daniel Karnicki, of Beaumont, Texas, filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that Liz Karnicki's wrongful death was at the hands of Ride the Ducks. The lawsuit was filed on the fifth anniversary of another Ride the Ducks collision that killed two Hungarian tourists who were on board. Karnicki's attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said that the duck boat's blind spots made it nearly impossible for the driver to see Liz Karnicki when she crossed the street, and that the driver was distracted because he also acted as a tour guide.
April 21, 2015 |
A 59-year-old Doylestown man was struck and killed by a pickup as he tried to cross busy Route 313 near Campbell Road about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Plumstead Township Police Chief Duane Hasenauer identified the victim as Raymond Leuz, of North Chubb Drive. Police did not identify the driver, a 43-year-old man from the Doylestown area, who was driving a 2014 GMC pickup. Leuz was not crossing at a traffic light or designated walkway on Route 313 across the street from Keenan Motors, the police chief said.
November 6, 2014 |
When traffic lanes were eliminated on Spruce and Pine Streets from river to river in Center City five years ago to make room for bicycle lanes, it took more than just long strips of white paint to ensure a happy marriage between motorists and cyclists. An expensive and years-long project to uproot the city's 1940s-era traffic signals in the central area and replace them with digital ones that can be operated remotely made it possible. Through computer commands, officials were able to synchronize the lights so vehicular traffic could flow smoothly enough in one lane to allow bicyclists safe passage along the other.
August 3, 2014 |
More misadventures on a bicycle, from your favorite rookie cyclist. If you recall, I went bicycle riding with my best friend, Franca, about a week ago, and I got a lucky flat tire that gave me the opportunity to meet the handsomest man on earth, my Knight on the White Bicycle. He fixed my tire, and by that I mean he fixed my tire. Nothing else happened. Recall that he is married and I am the most middle-aged woman on earth. Nobody is breaking his vows for my cellulite.
February 15, 2014 |
1. Stop every other block. Philadelphia is America's only big city in which buses stop at every corner. That increases travel times considerably. Reducing stops would enable SEPTA to put an extra bus on every route, dramatically increasing frequency. 2. Give buses the green light. The Nutter administration just secured a $30 million federal grant to install wireless devices to hold the green traffic light for buses, reducing delays. Stopping at fewer red lights means buses can travel faster, restarting the route sooner.
July 19, 2013 |
SAMARA BANKS normally would have gotten back home to Feltonville from her aunt's house in Olney by walking to Rising Sun Avenue and crossing Roosevelt Boulevard at the traffic light there to reach the other side. Tuesday night, however, Banks rounded up her four boys and took another route in an attempt to protect them from being frightened by a mentally unstable neighbor who lives along her usual path, relatives said. But no amount of caution could protect Banks and her little boys from a thrill-seeking motorist allegedly drag-racing another southbound car on the boulevard Tuesday night, just as she was ushering her children home.
December 24, 2012 |
T'was the Sunday before the Sunday before Christmas, and all through the stores, so few consumer-creatures were stirring . . . well, I barely waited for a food-court burrito, hardly broke a sweat for parking, and saw virtually none of the long checkout lines retailers expect and need during the holidays. Uh-oh , I thought to myself. That bad feeling I'd had on Black Friday, after retailers pulled out the stops with Thanksgiving store openings - only to see less-than-killer crowds the next day - had apparently been a sign of more troubling news to come.
November 29, 2012
A Clementon man was charged Wednesday in two carjackings committed in the last two weeks in Camden County. George Meyers, 43, was arrested by Lindenwold police after he tried to hijack two vehicles at knifepoint early Wednesday, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. He has been charged with kidnapping and carjacking. Further charges are expected. About 8:40 a.m. Nov. 14, Meyers, with a box cutter, approached a driver at a traffic light at Branch Avenue and Blackwood-Clementon Road in Pine Hill, authorities said.
July 29, 2012
The Orlando Magic's latest makeover continues to have a youthful feel. The team on Saturday announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn , 37, as its next head coach. Last month, the team hired 30-year-old Rob Hennigan as general manager. Vaughn replaces Stan Van Gundy , who was fired May 21 despite compiling a 259-135 regular-season record, franchise-best .657 winning percentage, and a 31-28 playoff record. A 12-year NBA player before retiring in 2009 with San Antonio, Vaughn's career included 80 games for the Magic in 2002-03.