A man accused of barreling his car into a young mother and her three little boys as they walked home from her aunt’s home Tuesday night in Philadelphia has a history of driving infractions, according to court records.
Khusen Akhmedov and another man, Ahmen Holloman, were arrested Wednesday night in the crash that killed Samara Banks, 28, and three of her four young sons as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania court records show that Akhmedov has nine driving infractions on his record from June 2009 to May of 2013, NBC Philadelphia reported. The records show 4 speeding tickets as well as violations for driving without a license, driving with his license suspended, and other infractions.
Akhmedov and Holloman were allegedly racing on the night of the crash when Akhmedov’s car went out of control and hit Banks and three of her children, ranging in age from 7 months to 4 years old, and killed them, police said, according to NBC Philadelphia. Banks’ 5-year-old son survived the crash.
Akhmedov, 23, has been charged with four counts of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and third-degree murder, as well as reckless endangerment and other charges, NBC Philadelphia reported. Holloman, 30, will face the same charges, prosecutors have said.
The two men should be charged the same way “because they were both operating in a reckless manner that resulted in the death of four people,” Philadelphia district attorney’s spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson said.
One man who said he witnessed the crash described what may have been a last-moment effort to stop the out-of-control vehicle.
"I heard the car coming fast, and he hit the breaks, but he couldn't stop," local resident Carlos Garcia, 21, told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I heard this boom, and as soon as the car hit the girl, she flew over 100 feet."
Bail for the two men has been set at $2.5 million each.
Friends and family said after the gruesome crash that the route home was one taken frequently by Banks and her boys. They usually took a cab from relatives’ homes on the other side of Roosevelt Boulevard, but seemingly decided to walk home as temperatures cooled on Tuesday night.
“The cab service knows her well,” LaTanya Byrd told the Associated Press. She described Banks as a caring mother and sister. “Last night, it got a little cooler and she felt she could walk.”