Men Arrested in Philadelphia Accident That Killed 4
Two men have been arrested and now face a number of charges, including murder and manslaughter charges, in connection to a pedestrian accident that resulted in the deaths of a Philadelphia resident and three of her sons.
Details on Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident
“Every time I cross the boulevard, I see somebody running the light” – Neighborhood resident, Angel Mendoza
Samara Banks, 28, was walking home with her children after visiting her grandmother Tuesday night (July 16, 2013). Upon attempting to cross the 12-lane highway she must cross to get to her home, she and her sons were struck by Khusen Akhmedov, 23. The woman and three of her sons (4 months, 23 months, and 4 years old) were killed. Her oldest son, 5, sustained only bruises and bumps.
Banks often called a cab to make the trip, but reportedly decided to walk because the weather was cool. Roosevelt Boulevard has been plagued with numerous pedestrian accidents and hit-and-run incidents over the years.
Residents report it is common for drivers to go 10 to 20 mph over the 40 mph speed limit to make, or simply run, the red light.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told the reported that Banks was making a legal crossing as the section of highway is marked with a sidewalk through the grassy divider making it an unmarked crosswalk.
Two Men Arrested in Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident
- Police arrested Akhmedov and Ahmen Holloman, 30, for the incedent.
- Though it was Akhmedov's car that hit the group, both men face the same charges as authorities believe the men were drag racing.
- A judge has issued a $2.5 million dollar bond for each driver.
- Akhmedov was currently out on bail for a $3.6 million ambulance fraud case.
- Akhmedov has had 4 speeding tickets since 2009, including a conviction for going 17 mph over the speed limit in a suburb, and had a previous charge of driving with a suspended liscence.
Charges Brought Against Drivers
- 3rd Degree Murder
- Homicide by Vehicle
- Reckless Endangerment
- Aggravated Assault
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault by Vehicle
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