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July 29, 1993 | By Cindy Anders, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin this week found a Coatesville man innocent of vehicular homicide in connection with a 1992 crash. Howard Squires, 44, of the 300 block of West Lincoln Highway, was also found innocent of drunken driving, speeding and involuntary manslaughter, but was found guilty of driving with a suspended license and drinking while driving. On May 31, 1992, Squires failed to negotiate a curve on Route 82 and crashed his Cadillac. Ricardo Graham, 43, a passenger in the car, was killed.
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March 31, 1991 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
The District Attorney's Office has withdrawn a charge of vehicular homicide against a Cochranville man who was accused of the crime after his van crashed into a car in Chadds Ford last April, killing an Aston woman. State Police on Aug. 21 charged Amos R. Henry, 52, with homicide by vehicle and a summary violation of driving at an unsafe speed. The violation was based on a witness' account that Henry had been speeding on the rainy surface of U.S. Route 1 near State Route 100 on the afternoon of April 30. Henry lost control of a Ford Econoline van headed west on Route 1, crossed the concrete median and struck an eastbound car driven by Rosemarie Dewees, 47, of Aston, according to State Police.
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December 7, 2001 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Woodlyn man was sentenced yesterday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison for a vehicular homicide in which the other driver died because the gun in his waistband holster went off in the crash. Clifton Womack, 32, of the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue, apologized to the wife of Vincent Walls, a night-shift security supervisor at Widener University, who had been ready to enter the Delaware County Community College Police Academy. Walls, 33, died of multiple blunt-force injuries associated with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.
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August 7, 2005 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was a homicide in Gloucester County recently, but a new, energetic 20-student task force was on the case. The crime was a role-playing scenario, but the situation gave summer interns in the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office an interesting and uncommon look into the vast world of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The focus of the four-week program, which ended Friday, ranged from gaining clues and photographs at a crime scene to a criminal trial. Tours of county and federal jails and a mock grand-jury presentation were included.
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July 2, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 53-year-old man was fatally struck Thursday morning on Roosevelt Boulevard by a truck whose driver is accused of being under the influence, police said. Just before 11:20 a.m., the 1997 Ford F-150 was heading south on the Boulevard at high speed when it barreled through a red light at Southampton Road in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The truck hit a 2005 Infiniti G35, then struck the median before hitting the pedestrian. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, where he was pronounced dead at 12:09 p.m. The driver of the truck, a 24-year-old man, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.
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June 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Burlington County man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for striking a middle school teacher who was jogging on the side of Route 206 in Southampton last year, and then crashing his truck, causing a front-seat passenger to be ejected and killed. The county Prosecutor's Office said it charged Patrick J. Miller, 29, of New Hanover, after receiving toxicology tests that indicated he was intoxicated and unfit to drive safely. Investigators would not detail how Miller was impaired, but said he received a traffic summons for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, marijuana.
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June 3, 2016
A Delaware County man on Wednesday was ordered to stand trial for vehicular homicide in an alleged hit-and-run accident in South Philadelphia that led to the death of a 52-year-old woman. Witnesses identified Joseph Fetko, 42, of Chester, as the driver of the 2012 red Ford Focus that struck Rosalie Guglietta as she and her daughter crossed Oregon Avenue at Eighth Street shortly before midnight on June 13, 2015. According to testimony at the preliminary hearing before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon, Guglietta and her daughter were crossing against the light when she was struck by the Ford.
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April 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
In 2014, Kareem Alleyne was acquitted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer by hitting him with his car. On Monday, Alleyne's lawyers told a jury that he never should have been charged with vehicular homicide in the first place. They said police investigators overlooked or downplayed damning evidence against their deceased colleague, including that the officer, Marc Brady, had been stalking and harassing Alleyne for dating his ex-girlfriend. "They had made up their minds," said lawyer Lori Mach.
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July 31, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A MAN ACCUSED in a hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in a bicyclist's death was held for trial yesterday. Raymond Wands, 38, allegedly struck Julio Torres while behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 truck on Erie Avenue heading toward D Street on June 22. Torres, 55, of Hunting Park, died of head injuries two days later. Wands faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, and accident involving death or personal injury. A DUI and related homicide charge were dropped due to lack of evidence.
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July 15, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Khusen Akhmedov, whose love of speed ended in a 2013 crash on Roosevelt Boulevard that killed a Northeast mother and three of her children, was found guilty Monday of four counts of third-degree murder. Michael Diamondstein, lawyer for the 24-year-old Lancaster emergency medical technician, acknowledged that Samara Banks and three of her four sons died because of Akhmedov's speeding and reckless driving. But Diamondstein argued that the evidence did not prove Akhmedov had the "malice" necessary to support third-degree murder, and said the accident was also caused by the Boulevard's dangerous design, and because the victims "jaywalked" in an area not for pedestrians.
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July 11, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Laporcha Jones recalls looking and not seeing any cars that night two years ago, before crossing Roosevelt Boulevard with sister Samara Banks and Banks' four sons. Jones, then 14, was in the lead with 5-year-old nephew Saa'yon Griffin; her sister was behind with a double stroller and the three younger boys. Jones recalled that the sound of the crash came from behind as she and her nephew stepped onto the first grass median separating the Boulevard's southbound outer lanes from the inner lanes.
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July 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mangled double baby stroller, pairs of impossibly tiny, colorful children's sneakers, flip-flops, women's shoes, and a handbag. The remnants of the horrific final seconds of Samara Banks and three of her children sat in a corner of the Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday as the nonjury trial continued of the alleged drag racer who killed them. The personal effects were a sobering counter to a day of technical testimony by Officer William Lackman, a police accident-reconstruction expert.
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July 9, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lancaster man charged with four counts of murder in the 2013 drag-racing deaths of a mother and three children as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard has agreed to a trial without a jury. Tuesday's decision by Khusen Akhmedov came one day after the driver he was racing against, Ahmen Holloman, 32, pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide in exchange for a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Under Pennsylvania law, said Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb, Akhmedov, 24, would face a mandatory life prison term if convicted of more than one count of third-degree murder.
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July 8, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia man accused of racing another driver, who allegedly struck and killed a mother and three of her sons on Roosevelt Boulevard, pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of vehicular homicide. Ahmen Holloman, 32, was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison in a deal negotiated one day before his trial was to begin. Holloman, prosecutors said, did not hit Samara Banks or her sons on July 16, 2013, as they crossed the Boulevard near Second Street in Olney. Rather, prosecutors said, he was racing the driver who did strike them.
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