Residents of the City of Brotherly Love hang their heads with heavy hearts after the deaths of 3 children, which occurred after a stolen car plowed into a crowd in North Philadelphia.
It all started on the morning of July 25, 2014 when two men planned to rob a female realtor at gunpoint. The realtor had just completed a showing of a house and was preparing to leave the home when she was approached by two men at gunpoint. The gunmen forced their way into the realtor’s vehicle and instructed the realtor to drive away. Eventually, the realtor was forced into the back seat where she was sexually assaulted. The vehicle sped through the city streets at such high speeds that one of the tires blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle careened onto the sidewalk, striking and injuring several individuals who were selling fruit to raise money for a local garden. Three young siblings were killed – 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed and 7-year-old Terrence Moore. Keisha Williams, the mother of the children, was struck in the crash as well and remains in the hospital in extremely critical condition.The female realtor and another female victim were injured, but are in stable conditions.
After the crash, the suspects were seen fleeing the scene. The city offered a $110,000 reward for the arrests and convictions of the two suspects. After a two-day manhunt, one suspect surrendered while the other was captured by stated and federal officials. They have been criminally charged with a host of offenses including second-degree murder, conspiracy, robbery, theft, kidnapping and carjacking.
The City of Brotherly was deeply distressed and disturbed by this tragedy. Residents banded together to pay their respects at the victims’ vigil and funeral.
Civil Liability of Stolen Vehicles
Car accidents can easily and quickly become a burden. And the burden is amplified when the vehicle is stolen. What should you do when your car is stolen and involved in an auto accident? Are you liable? Will you have to pay for the damages? Does your insurance policy cover the cost? All of these questions can be answered with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Generally, if your car was stolen and involved in an accident, you will not be liable for the damages. An exception applies when the car owner gives the other person implied or actual permission to drive the car. It is best to obtain the legal advice of an experienced personal injury attorney in this situation. Your attorney will defend the claim on your behalf by proving the car was not in your possession at the time of the incident. The attorney will collect all evidence, obtain all necessary paperwork (i.e. police report), identify witnesses, and contact your insurance company.
Knowing your liability, insurance policy, and how to keep your vehicle safe are all ways that you can protect yourself in an event similar to this. It is best to consult with an attorney for legal advice. The attorneys at Solnick & Associates, LLC can help. Contact our office for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights at 215-481-9979.