Arrests made in PA crash that killed 4 on foot

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By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say two men are being charged in a crash that killed a pedestrian and her three young sons on Roosevelt Boulevard, a 12-lane highway plagued by pedestrian deaths.

Relatives say 28-year-old Samara Banks and her sons were killed as they crossed the busy roadway while walking home from an aunt's home.

They were struck at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, on a stretch with grassy medians dividing the roadway, but no crosswalks for nearly two blocks.

Police say Banks' surviving 5-year-old son suffered only bumps and bruises.

A police spokeswoman said Wednesday night that the men were being charged with four counts each of third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter as well as other charges. Police say a witness reported drag racing may have been involved.

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