June 19, 2016 |
Like most of the motoring public, I've been watching the Takata air bag recall unfolding slowly over the last several months. It crept into my world when the 2008 Toyota Matrix air bag was recalled. As the owner of a 2008 Pontiac Vibe - a twin of the Matrix - I was appalled at how long it took for the Vibe to then be included in the first 28.8 million vehicles. And when the big recall expansion came down last month - an additional 35 million to 40 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - the Sturgis Family Sienna was now included in the mix. Two out of three is bad: That makes two-thirds of the Sturgis vehicles subject to the recall.
June 2, 2016
Police on Tuesday were investigating a series of tire slashings reported in the city's Mayfair section. Eleven vehicles were vandalized along Tyson Avenue in the 2900, 3000, and 3400 blocks. Police first responded to the reported tire slashings about 5:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of Tyson. Police recovered surveillance video that shows an unidentified male puncture a tire on a Ford F-150 around 11 p.m. Monday. Police estimated the total damage was about $2,500. - Robert Moran
May 30, 2016
A 20-year-old woman who was struck Friday by a vehicle on Roosevelt Boulevard in Olney died Saturday afternoon, police said. The woman had been out running shortly before 5 p.m. Friday when she was hit by a 2012 Chevy Equinox in the outer southbound lanes of the boulevard near Bingham Street. The investigation showed the woman was crossing the outer southbound lanes of the boulevard, where there was a crosswalk, but was running against a red light, police said. Police said the woman ran into the side of the SUV and was thrown onto the windshield, falling onto the road.
May 23, 2016
Man killed in 4-vehicle crash in Caln is ID'd State police identified the man killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday night in Chester County as Clark "Moosie" Gibbs, 59, of Coatesville. The crash, in which four others were injured, occurred about 9:10 p.m. on the westbound side of the Route 30 bypass, east of Reeceville Road in Caln Township. Gibbs was killed after a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Philadelphia man struck his vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said Saturday in a news release.
May 22, 2016
One person was killed and four others injured in a multi-vehicle crash Friday night in Chester County, authorities said. The accident occurred on the westbound side about 9:10 p.m. on the Route 30 bypass west of Downingtown in Caln Township, a county dispatcher said. The westbound lanes were closed for an investigation and cleanup and heavy delays were reported on the eastbound side. No further information was available on the victims. - Robert Moran
May 1, 2016
A 17-year-old juvenile has been arrested and charged with stealing a minivan that had an infant inside, police said Friday. The defendant, who was not named because he was a juvenile, was charged with kidnapping, theft and related offenses, police said. About 7:50 a.m. March 14, police said, a 32-year-old man had left the engine running on his 2013 Chrysler minivan while he went inside the 49 Stop Food Market, at 4847 Walnut St. The man's 4-month-old son was secured in the back seat of the minivan.
March 11, 2016 |
State investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed nearly 20 vehicles and one building containing eight businesses Tuesday night in Colwyn Borough, Delaware County. The two-alarm fire at Ellis Business Plaza, 522 Ellis Ave., drew as many as 100 to 150 firefighters to the scene, said Daniel Traband, chief of Darby Fire Company No. 1. No injuries were reported. It took fire crews nearly two and a half hours to put out the blaze. Traband said his company received a call about 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
February 27, 2016
The owner of a Hammonton car business used fraudulent practices when he purchased vehicles at auctions with borrowed money, and then sold them to customers without paying back his loans, police said Thursday. Tony Miller, 40, of Little Egg Harbor, owner of Imagine Auto Sales, is facing theft-related charges for the sales between September and November 2015. Winslow Township police said that, because Miller didn't pay the loans, the bank was holding the titles of the vehicles he sold and his customers could not register them.
February 18, 2016
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department has all but quit enforcing traffic laws on Philadelphia streets. That's an exaggeration, but the number of tickets written to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians all took a nosedive in 2015. It was the third straight year of decline for motorists, the second for bicyclists, and the first for pedestrians. Enforcement is as low as a snail's belly. This year, I'm adding tickets written for skateboarding. Two were written in 2013, 14 in 2014, and a lonely one in 2015.
February 15, 2016 |
Update: I-78 reopened in both directions at about 7 a.m. Sunday after a pileup involving dozens of vehicles that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals. A snow squall that suddenly blew across an area of I-78 in central Pennsylvania on Saturday morning caused near-whiteout conditions and slippery roads and within minutes left 50 cars and tractor-trailers in a deadly tangle of metal. At least three people died. The pileup at about 9:30 a.m. blocked both the east- and westbound lanes of I-78 in Bethel Township on the Berks County and Lebanon County lines, Pennsylvania State Police said.