Carjackers Plow Into Crowd, Kill 3 Kids

Mother is in critical condition in Philadelphia

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 26, 2014 9:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – The three siblings ages 7, 10, and 15 were selling fruit to raise money for a church playground, and all were killed when carjackers lost control of an SUV in Philadelphia and plowed into pedestrians at an intersection, say police. Their mother is in critical condition, and two other people are hospitalized, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The two carjackers remain at large, and the mayor's office and police are offering a $110,000 reward, reports USA Today.

Details are still filling in, but police offer this chain of events: Two men carjacked a real estate agent and forced her into the backseat of her SUV. After about a mile, the SUV apparently blew a tire at a high rate of speed, crashed into the fruit stand, and eventually hit a tree, reports NBC Philadelphia. The carjackers fled on foot, and the real estate agent is among the injured. A 10-year-old boy died at the scene, while his 15-year-old sister and 7-year-old brother died at local hospitals. "There are no words to describe how I feel right now," says city Police Chief Charles Ramsey.

An investigator examines a heavily damaged SUV before it is towed from the scene of a fatal accident in Philadelphia Friday.
An investigator examines a heavily damaged SUV before it is towed from the scene of a fatal accident in Philadelphia Friday.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in Philadelphia Friday.
Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in Philadelphia Friday.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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