GUILTY PA - Samara Banks, 27, & 3 sons killed by drag racing Philly driver, 16 July 2013

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  1. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Tragic! A 27 year old mother was killed instantly and her 9 month old and 2 year old also died while trying to cross Roosevelt Boulevard last evening. Two other sons aged 4 and 5 are in hospital in bad condition.

    A 22 year old driving a 2012 Audi did stop and is being questioned and tox done as well.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/new...ar_on_Roosevelt_Boulevard_in_hit-and-run.html

    On the best of days even at a light this is a virtual flippin speedway. Please pray for this family.
     
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  3. gm8549

    gm8549 New Member

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    Hate Roosevelt Blvd!
     
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    Filly,your link has been updated. A third child died this am. Ugh ! Why would she cross with 4 little ones on that road with no light ! Doesn't excuse the drag racer though.
     
  5. doubt

    doubt Former Member

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    the article says the driver was drag racing, as mentioned by gm8549.

    so ridiculous.

    ugh.
     
  6. FigTree

    FigTree New Member

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    Read more at LINK

    I pray for the remaining child of this family. He is going to need it. He is the only survivor. This is so incredibly sad.

    The condition of the car tells a horrible story - its a mess - this was one dreadful accident.

    :rose:
     
  7. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    tragic
     
  8. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Two drag racers arrested.




    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9174714

    One of them is facing charges for bilking Medicare is some scheme. He drove a flippin ambulance for heaven sakes. he should have stayed up in Lancaster.

    In all honesty we all know that Boulevard is a crapshoot. I've lived on top of it my entire life basically. Admittedly and I hate to say it I never crossed with a Pram at night when my DD was a baby, but I did cross it with the Pram on the light. Still I shudder to think what could have happened. As kids we always took chances and crossed where there was no walk.

    This is just devastating to this family.
     
  9. keeponsearching

    keeponsearching The mighty Oak was once a little nut that stood it

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    How awful. Mom did what was best, held on to her babies while they crossed. No traffic light or pedestrian crossing, I am confused about this.. He shouldn't have been drag racing, look at how damage the vehicle. Reading some comments, this seems like a really fast road to begin with, is that correct?
     
  10. Snackcakes66

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    Speed limit ranges from 40 - 50 depending on what section of the Blvd (middle lanes have underpasses). There are red light cameras, however that does not stop many from speeding. Some sections one has to go faster than the limit to avoid getting hit. It actually feels safer to me at drive time, too much congestion to speed. I avoid it like the plague late at night though.
     
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    Filly,I am in Philadelphia now. This morning's Inquirer had a picture of a mother carrying

    her kid across the Blvd dodging cars !!!
     
  12. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    People would not believe it unless they saw it, right?

    Also a little girl hit on her bike in Lawncrest at the Boulevard in critical condition.

    I'm telling ya GM. It's crazy.
     
  13. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    FWIW as well you can often go up to eight or none blocks before another light. So for people without access to autos you have to walk those looooooong blocks before you can even get a light. Even then it's not safe because by the time you cross the first three lanes the light changed. You wait, and cross three more. Carry on, cross, and wait for the last three.

    Admittedly we all have taken the chance to beat the traffic that was left at the last light.
     
  15. Harmony 2

    Harmony 2 Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Traffic lights, speed bumps and a pedestrian crossover bridge may help...

    http://ceephotos.karcor.com/wordpre...Pedestrian-Bridge-over-Highway-Detroit-MI.jpg
     
  16. gm8549

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    You know Filly,even when I drove in the city (pre 76 moving to small town Cape May),I never drove the Blvd. Yesterday there was an article saying this woman usually did cross at a light. That day,however,she changed her route to avoid someone she was afraid of.

    In addition to the 17 killed,apparently many many more were hit but not killed.
     
  17. keeponsearching

    keeponsearching The mighty Oak was once a little nut that stood it

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    A crossing bridge sounds like a good plan.
     
  18. O'Really

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    you can't go more than a few lights on the blvd without seeing a homemade cross and teddy bears, marking the spot where another person died.
    Automobile accidents, pedestrians struck, motorcycle accidents, they all happen way too often.

    People need to obey the laws of our city and state, and the human laws of common courtesy and common sense.

    What really got me was the interview with news reporters talking to the deceased young ladies stepfather. They asked about the one surviving child, how is he doing? And the man said the doctors are taking good care of him, but he's a smart little boy. He's smart, and he knows somethin ain't right.

    So so sad, that little boy lost his mother and 3 siblings.
     
  19. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    keep, that would make sense therefore there aren't any. They'd need dozens of them as this highway runs against residential neighborhoods and goes for miles. Even in places where children have to cross to go to school they wouldn't put up a crossing bridge.
     
  20. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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  21. ScarlettScarpetta

    ScarlettScarpetta When the going gets tough, drink coffee

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    The boulevard especially where this happened, Is never going to change.

    Two of the worst intersections in America a few years ago were Red Lion and the Boulevard and Grant and the Boulevard.. Heaven help you if you have to cross there. Most of us that know the area avoid it like the plague. They have made changes to the lanes in the past years but nothing to help a mom trying to get across with her kids. And the sad fact is people drive it like a straightaway.. Light to light.

    The most you will get is pedestrian lights and that won't help much because people just don't slow down.
     

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