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Mom, 3 sons killed crossing notorious Philly road

July 17, 2013 • National News


Family members react as they watch investigators at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Tuesday evening July 16, 2013. Philadelphia police are investigating whether cars may have been drag racing when a mother and two young sons were struck and killed attempting to cross a busy highway. The woman’s two other sons ages 4 and 5 are in critical condition. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Samara Banks often called a cab to take her and her four little boys home from family visits on the other side of a 12-lane, crosstown highway that’s notorious for drag racing and pedestrian deaths.

But she thought it had cooled down enough Tuesday night to walk the mile back home.

Banks, 28, and her three youngest sons were killed at 10:30 p.m. as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard at a point with grassy medians dividing the traffic lanes but no crosswalk or traffic light. Her oldest, a 5-year-old, Login to read more

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