Three siblings killed when carjacked SUV hits their fruit stand

Reward offered in Philadelphia for arrest of carjackers who killed three siblings when they rammed their fruit stand.
By Frances Burns   |   July 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 (UPI) -- Two brothers and their teenage sister were killed Friday in Philadelphia when a carjacked SUV rammed them as they sold fruit for their church.

Police Capt. James Clark, head of the city's homicide unit, said their mother was "fighting for her life." He said the children were boys aged 10 and 7 and a 15-year-old girl.

In addition to their mother, a 65-year-old friend of the family and the woman whose Toyota 4runner had been hijacked were also injured. Investigators said the carjackers forced her into the back seat as they took off.

The carjackers abandoned the Toyota after the crash and ran off. No arrests had been made late Friday afternoon.

Clark said a reward of $60,000 was being offered.

The mother had set up a small fruit stand on Allegheny Avenue to raise money for the family's church, police said.

Police said the carjacking occurred about a mile from the crash scene. The driver apparently lost control of the Toyota as he made a turn and ended up hitting a tree after veering into the fruit stand.

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