Mother, 2 sons killed crossing Philly road; 2 hurt

Associated Press
Family members react as they watch investigators at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Tuesday evening July 16, 2013. Philadelphia police are investigating whether cars may have been drag racing when a mother and two young sons were struck and killed attempting to cross a busy highway. The woman's two other sons ages 4 and 5 are in critical condition. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating whether cars were drag racing when a mother and two young sons were struck and killed while attempting to cross a busy highway. The woman's two other sons were injured.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Roosevelt Boulevard, a major street that runs through north and northeast Philadelphia. Investigators say the 27-year-old woman was in a crosswalk with her four sons when they were hit by a car.

Police Chief Inspector Scott Small says authorities are investigating whether cars were drag racing.

The woman and her 1-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene. The other three children were taken to a hospital, where the 9-month-old was pronounced dead. Two sons, ages 4 and 5, are in critical condition.

The driver was taken in for questioning.

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