Pocket biker hurt in crash

A teen suffered head trauma and injured his leg when he collided with a car at Broad and Snyder. Police say the youth ran a stoplight.

By Lorraine Gennaro
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A 15-year-old pocket-bike rider was seriously injured after he allegedly blew through a red light and collided with a car at Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, police said.

The biker, from the 2100 block of Pierce Street, suffered head trauma and injured his leg in Friday's 12:30 p.m. crash, according to a report.

The teen was riding a yellow and black Pantera pocket bike west on Snyder when he allegedly ran a light at Broad Street, said First District Community Relations Officer Donato Inverso. The victim then collided with the driver of a blue Pontiac traveling east on Snyder and attempting to turn left onto Broad, the officer added.

The 51-year-old driver of the Pontiac, from Lansdowne, was not injured, but the teen was admitted to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Inverso said.

The officer said he has been warning the public about the dangers of small motorized vehicles for years. The issue has gained more attention this summer, as pocket bikes grew in popularity. An 18-year-old male riding one of the bikes died in a collision in Kensington last week.

"It's a shame that somebody has to be killed or hurt for people to open their eyes and for laws to be passed to outlaw these bikes," said Inverso.


Nabbed in knifing

Police arrested a young man from Sicklerville, N.J., last Thursday after he allegedly knifed another male in South Philly over a financial dispute.

Jason Sannasardo, 19, and another 19-year-old were arguing around 10 p.m. on the 2800 block of McKean Street, police said. When the fight turned physical, Sannasardo allegedly stabbed the victim in his thigh, said Sgt. James Schrack of South Detective Division.

The victim was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and later released.

Sannasardo was charged with aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime and related offenses.


No poultry, just cash

Two armed men who held up a chicken joint opted for cell phones and cash over food.

A manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken, 701 S. Broad St., told police the robbers entered the fast-food restaurant at 10:40 p.m. last Thursday, said Sgt. James Schrack of South Detectives.

After forcing the employees to a storage room at gunpoint, the thugs stole cell phones from three workers -- all under 18 -- and $100 from the cash register, the sergeant said.

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