Ivan Rodriguez and Donta Cradock, the two men charged with causing the car crash in which three children and a young mother were killed in June, were scheduled for a court hearing this morning.
Preliminary hearings in Common Pleas Court for both men have been postponed several times, and if the hearing takes place, it would be the first time the defendants will be in court in the case.
Police said that the crash occurred after the defendants fled the scene where they had just stolen a man's motorcycle at gunpoint. Rodriguez, 20, on the motorcycle, followed Cradock, 18, who drove a Pontiac. Minutes later, Cradock lost control of the car and plowed it into a group of people on a sidewalk on 3rd Street near Annsbury, in Feltonville.
Killed were Remedy Smith, 11 months; Aaliyah Griffin, 6; Gina Marie Rosario, 7, and Remedy's mother, LaToya Smith, 22, who died the next day.
Both men have been charged with murder and related offenses. Cradock was reportedly paralyzed in the crash, which was the reason for postponement of the first hearing.
- Mensah M. Dean