By Wyatt Earp | June 13, 2009
I purposely waited to comment on this terrible story until I returned to work on Thursday night. The accident happened right on the border of my division, and some of my co-workers had first-hand information.
Amazingly, this CNN story got it right.
A woman and three children were killed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when a suspected robber fleeing in a car jumped a curb and struck them, police said Thursday.
“He literally cut a tree in half,” Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said, “then hit the 1-year-old, [who] was in a stroller. The other individuals were on the front porch of their own home. He struck with such force that it knocked the concrete steps loose.”
Latoya Smith, 22, died Thursday from injuries in the crash, which occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Fentonville area of north Philadelphia, police Capt. James Clark said.
Smith’s daughter, Remedy Smith — who would have turned 1 on Friday — died at the scene, as did Alicia Griffin, 6, and Gina Rosario, 7, Clark said.
A senseless tragedy. All because some toad thought it would be a good idea to rob some poor schlub at gunpoint. Hopefully, the POS driver will be charged with four counts of murder.
Donta Cradock, 18, the alleged driver of the gray Pontiac, faces charges for theft of a motorcycle, the crime that allegedly triggered his flight, police said.
Cradock and an alleged accomplice, Ivan Rodriguez, 20, stole a motorcycle at gunpoint around 7:30 p.m., he said. (H/T – CNN)
A handgun was recovered from the waistband of Cradock. Rodriguez was arrested after he drove the stolen motorcycle to his own home! We’re not dealing with brain surgeons here, people. These toads are lifelong criminals, and they are responsible for the murders of four innocent citizens.
The department released the radio tape of the incident. You can listen to it HERE. As you can hear, the officer is obviously not in high-speed pursuit, which is consistent with the reports. The officer calmly gives out the pertinent information, and only shows emotion when he arrives on the horrific accident scene.
Please pray for the families of the victims.