Carjacking Crash Accident is “a tragedy for our city.”
Philadelphians “moved to tears by this crime”
Over the weekend, police were searching around the clock for two men involved in a fatal carjacking crash accident. On Friday two men carjacked an SUV and crashed the vehicle into a group of children and adults who were selling fruit to raise money for their church. The carjacking crash accident killed three siblings. The mother and carjacking victim were critically injured. Police identified the victims of the carjacking crash accident as 15-year-old Kiera Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Williams.
The city offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two suspects, and the Fraternal Order of Police offered $10,000. 19-year-old Jonathan Rosa surrendered to authorities Sunday with his mother and his pastor at his side. Crawford was arrested by a team of Philadelphia Police and federal agents Sunday evening near 6th and Cambria Streets in North Philadelphia. Christopher Warren, Rosa’s defense attorney, says his client, who planned to enter the Marine Corps in upcoming weeks, told his mother he was shaken after seeing pictures of the young victims. Commissioner Ramsey referred to Crawford and Rosa as two “bastards.’
“I want to personally thank Commissioner Ramsey, Captain Clark, all the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department for their exceptional work in bringing these two bastards to justice,” Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said. “All Philadelphians were moved to tears by this crime.”
Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa intended to commit a robbery by forcing a real estate agent into her Toyota SUV at gunpoint at 6th and Cumberland Streets. Before the fatal carjacking crash accident, Crawford and Rosa took the vehicle from the real estate agent who was showing a house to a client in that neighborhood. She had just wrapped up a meeting and was preparing to leave when two men approached the vehicle and forced their way in at gunpoint. They made the woman drive for some time before forcing her into the backseat. One of them then took the wheel and sped north to Allegheny and Germantown. Inside the vehicle, the realtor was sexually assaulted as the suspects sped through the streets of the Tioga section of North Philadelphia. One of the SUV’s tires blew, causing vehicle to careen out of control at the busy intersection of Germantown and Allegheny Avenues, Clark said. The carjacking car accident occurred when the vehicle jumped the curb and slammed directly into the family as they stood at their fruit stand. Crawford and Rosa fled from the scene on foot.
The two men who caused the carjacking crash accident now face 15 felony counts including murder charges for carjacking and sexually assaulting the woman before running down a family selling fruit on a Philadelphia sidewalk, city law enforcement officials say.
The entire city has been deeply disturbed and distressed over this tragedy. Now. the man known to basketball fans around the world as “Sir Charles” has offered to pay for the funerals of the three siblings who were killed.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disclosed Barkley’s offer Monday at a press conference.
“Like most Philadelphians, many Americans and people across the world,” Williams said, “[Barkley] wanted me to know that he wanted to pay for the funeral for these three children and I put him in touch with the family so he can do that.”
Barkley has not spoken publicly about his apparent offer. The Alabama native played for the Philadelphia 76ers between 1984 and 1992 and was one of the most popular athletes in Philadelphia history.
Williams said he has told the family of the three young victims of Barkley’s wish.
‘We now have three children who are gone, and their mother is fighting for her life,’ Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison told a news conference. ‘This is a tragedy for our city,’ he said.
Philadelphians are grateful for Barkley’s offer after this heart breaking event.