Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

July 17, 2013

Mother, 3 sons killed crossing Philly road; 1 hurt

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police were investigating Wednesday whether cars were drag racing when a mother and three young sons were struck and killed while attempting to cross a busy highway. A fourth son was injured.

The accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Roosevelt Boulevard, a major artery that runs through north and northeast Philadelphia. Investigators say the 27-year-old woman was pushing a stroller and crossing the road with her four sons when they were hit by a car.

The woman and her 1-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene. The other three children were taken to a hospital, where the 9-month-old was pronounced dead. Two sons, ages 4 and 5, were taken to the hospital; the younger boy was pronounced dead at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, while the 5-year-old was stable, police said.

Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said there is a crosswalk near the area where the family was trying to cross, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether they were using it. Investigators said they were looking for surveillance video at the accident scene as they tried to piece together what had happened.

Authorities were talking to witnesses who reported seeing vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed and were investigating whether cars were drag racing.

“We’re talking to several persons who witnessed this accident — some who were on foot, some who were in other vehicles when the accident occurred,” Small said. “We’re getting some information that there may have been drag racing.”

The 22-year-old driver was taken in for questioning, but no arrests were immediately announced. The accident closed the southbound lanes of the highway for hours before they were reopened at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

1
Text Only
National and World
Local News
AP Video
Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Raw: MN Lakes Still Frozen Before Fishing Opener Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Man Fatally Shot During Police Standoff Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security Thousands Cross Boston Marathon Finish Line Defendant Killed by Police in Courthouse Attack Raw: Woman Accused in Babies' Deaths in Court Raw: Sinkhole Swallows Part of Fla. Yard Stowaway Stirs Concern About Airport Security
Sister Newspapers' News