Pennsylvania State Police are on the lookout for two carjackers which caused crash that killed three children. The men carjacked an SUV and slammed into a crowd of kids and adults who were selling fruit in order to try and raise money for their church. Three siblings were killed; their mother was critically injured as was the carjacking victim. One other woman was hurt but has been listed in stable condition.
The men stole an SUV from a real estate agent at gunpoint on Friday morning and made her get into the back of the Toyota 4Runner. The SUV went out of control about a mile from where the carjacking happened, hitting the adults and children working the fruit stand, stated authorities.
Philadelphia Homicide Captain John Clark declared that two innocent children and a young teenager had their lives taken, when he spoke of the victims, ages 7, 10 and 15. He said that he had been in homicide for six years and this was one of the saddest cases he had come across.
After the wreck, the suspects took off on foot. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey exclaimed that he had no words to describe how he was feeling at the time but he did state that it was urgent in finding the carjackers.
There has been over $100,000 in reward money put up in exchange for the suspects’ capture. Pennsylvania police are also asking all businesses located close to the scene of the wreck to turn over any surveillance video tape and are also pleading with any person who might have information to come forward to help them find the carjackers who caused the crash that killed three children and hurt the women .
Investigators believe that the suspects probably blew a tire when they turned a corner at a high rate of speed. The SUV ended up in a wooded area, its front end shattered against a grove of trees. Captain Clark stated that obviously something went horribly wrong.
The mother of the victims, age 34, was listed as being in critical condition, said police officers. They have not released the identities of any of the family members. The carjack victim, a real estate agent, age 45, has also been stated as being critically injured. A neighborhood woman, age 65, who had been helping the family to sell the fruit, was listed as being in stable condition, stated investigators.
An eyewitness was reported as saying she saw an SUV streaking through the intersection, then happened to see children laying on the ground. She told the media that no one was moving.
Personnel at Education Works, which is an educational nonprofit located across the street from the accident, also spoke to the media, and stated they hurried to try to try and help the victims. One of the boy’s did not have a pulse and another’s was hardly there, stated one of the employees. One person who was certified in first aid and CPR stated that her first instinct was to go to the kids but there was nothing she could do to help.
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said the whole scene was a tragedy for Philadelphia. The prayers of the city go out to this family.
Pennsylvania State Police are on the lookout for carjackers who caused the crash that killed three children. The men carjacked an SUV and slammed into a crowd of kids and adults who were selling fruit in order to try and raise money for their church. Three siblings were killed; their mother was critically injured as was the carjacking victim. One other woman was hurt but has been listed in stable condition.
By Kimberly Ruble