Justice for John McManus

Changing the laws effecting hit-and-run drivers in Pennsylvania.

Faith Sinclair ♥ March 22, 2012

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The parents of fatal hit-and-run victim Faith Margaret Sinclair are still reeling from the shock of the death of their 16-year-old daughter, who was ruthlessly run down crossing Chester Pike in Sharon Hill Sunday night (August3rd, 2008).
But the enormous outpouring of sympathy and support from relatives and friends is helping them to endure the tragedy, her parents, Mike and Kim Ferrell of Woodlyn.

A roadside memorial at the deadly intersection of Chester Pike and Laurel Road includes numerous stuffed animals and countless fond messages and signatures on poster boards placed on a nearby fence. The parents were especially touched by the gesture of an elderly woman during a candlelight vigil at the site Monday night.

The elderly woman said she knew Faith as a regular patron at the McDonald’s restaurant on MacDade Boulevard near the MacDade Mall. The woman asked “if she could kiss the picture of my daughter,” Mike Ferrell said. She said Faith was the most beautiful caring young woman, he said. After the woman kissed the photo, “she took my hand and said, ‘Did you have any idea that you had the most amazing young woman I’ve ever met?'” Kim Ferrell said. “That was when I just got so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and love,” and collapsed.

Her son,  Derek Sinclair, 18, a former wrestler at Ridley High School who will be attending Drexel University, works at the same McDonald’s where Faith worked, along with his girlfriend. “He said that woman used to come in and say, ‘Where’s my Faith?'” Kim Ferrell said. “It was just amazing,” she said about the turnout of at least 200 people, including family, old neighbors and friends. “She touched so many people’s lives.”

The Ferrells had lived in Sharon Hill on Reese Street almost 12 years, before moving to Ridley Township two years ago. Faith, who turned 16 July 15 2008, was an honor student who played the flute and would have entered Ridley High as a junior next month. She planned to attend West Chester University to become a special-education teacher, her mother said.
Scott MacNeil, a Sharon Hill Borough councilman, remembered Faith Sinclair as a nice girl and a “joy to be around.” “I coached her in softball. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” MacNeil said. Ridley School District Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Ignatuk said the young victim had been in the district for a year or two, having come from the Southeast Delco School District.
“I do know she was a very good student,” Ignatuk said. “She was in a number of our honors classes and did very well. According to her 10th-grade report card, she got all As and a few Bs.”

Kim Ferrell said her heart goes out to the family of Faith’s boyfriend, Alex Penman, who had just crossed Chester Pike before Faith was hit by a black Mercedes-Benz that fled the scene. Penman’s family told the Ferrells “she was the daughter they always wanted and never had.” Faith had dated Alex about two and a half years, she added. The two were both in the gifted math program at Academy Park High School and were introduced to one another by Faith’s friend, Kirstie Kehner, 16, of Laurel Road, Kim Ferrell said. Kehner was crossing the intersection with them at the time of the accident. They were headed to Kehner’s house.

Faith had a smile that “even on your worst day could still make you love her,” her mother recalled. She would look for her brothers before she went to bed, reminding her family, “It’s not just important to love people, you have to tell them.” The mother wrote a message at the roadside memorial that stated, “Sweet Dreams, Miss Wiggly!!! Mommy.” She also has a tattoo on her ankle that states, “Sweet Dreams, Love You Always.” Kim Ferrell said she called her daughter Miss Wiggly “because she never stopped moving when I was pregnant with her.”
The victim’s father pleaded for anyone with information on the hit-and-run accident to contact Sharon Hill police “and if you are the person responsible, please turn yourself in.”

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Current Hit-and-Run laws in the United States March 19, 2012

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Below are lists of different hit-and-run laws in the United States. They all vary. Please click the “other states” link if your state is not listed below.

Pennsylvania 

“(b) Penalties.–

Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person violating this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.

If the victim suffers serious bodily injury, any person violating subsection (a) commits a felony of the third degree, and the sentencing court shall order the person to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 90 days and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000, notwithstanding any other provision of law.

If the victim dies, any person violating subsection (a) commits a felony of the third degree, and the sentencing court shall order the person to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than one year and a mandatory minimum fine of $2,500, notwithstanding any other provision of law.”

Delaware

“Whoever violates subsection (a) of this section when that person has been involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person shall be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor, be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000 or imprisoned not less than 1 year nor more than 2 years.”

– No more than 2 years??? Are you Kidding me?? TWO YEARS? This needs to change as well, Delaware will be our next task after he concur Pennsylvania.

*Colorado*

“Newly Passed laws, like the one we are petitioning changed this! We can do it!

(2) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits:

(a) A class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense if the accident resulted in injury to any person;

(b) A class 5 felony if the accident resulted in serious bodily injury to any person;

(c) A class 4 felony if the accident resulted in the death of any person.

(3) The department shall revoke the driver’s license of the person so convicted.

(4) As used in this section and sections 42-4-1603 and 42-4-1606:

(a) “Injury” means physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical or mental condition.”

Other States

 

Christine McGhee

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*Update:  This beautiful; inspiring girl passed away on March 18th  2012. Please keep her family in your thoughts, as the Bucks County DA has decided to try and charge for 3rd Degree Murder and get justice for Christine and her family

Christine was born on June 10, 1988. She grew up in Warminster, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She was involved in soccer for many years. She graduated from William Tennent High School in 2006. Christine was well known in her neighborhood for babysitting and being a caring, pleasant person. She attended Bucks County Community College for two years before transferring to Kutztown University where she studied graphic design.

She worked part time as a hostess at Outback Steakhouse when she was home from school. Christine always kept busy and was known to work more than one job at a time.Vivacious, carefree, caring, brave, understanding, big-hearted and determined; these are just some of the many words that describe this wonderful woman. She has so much to live for and so much to offer this world.If Christine wanted to accomplish something nothing could stand in her way. Christine could put a smile on anyone’s face without even talking. On December 5, 2008 this young lady was involved in a tragic accident.

Christine McGhee, a beautiful 20 year-old sophomore at Kutztown University was found unconscious and seriously injured in the school parking lot. This was devastating news for the Kutztown community as well as our local community.She was involved in a hit and run and had been dragged about 100 feet by the truck of an acquaintance and left for dead. Found unconscious, she was flown to the hospital and remained in critical condition for quite some time. Her injuries included severe trauma to the head, a shattered jaw, body lacerations, and broken ribs. We were told that she only had a few days to live. This was absolutely devastating to all of us, but thankfully to this day, Christine is still fighting. Unfortunately, the extent of her abilities is limited due to the injuries she sustained. Due to her extreme brain damage she can only do so much. It’s as if she has become trapped in her own body; she cannot move any of her muscles or body parts. With therapy, everyone hopes and prays this will improve

Care for Christine 

– Thank you  Felicia Narcisi for sharing Christine’s Story!

 

John McManus- In the News March 14, 2012

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John McManus

Struck January 1st 2012

ABC News: “Hit-and-run vehicle, hits designated driver” January 2nd 2012

CBS News: “Man in critical condition adter Dalware County hit-and-run, suspect arrested” January 2nd 2012  

ABC News: “24-year old Matthew Cooper arrested in New Year’s Day hit-and-run” January 3rd 2012

Delco News Network: “Beef and Beer to benefit John McManus and Family” January 6th 2012

Delco Daily Times: “Hundreds gather to aid Collingdale hit-and-run victim” January 22nd 2012

 

Mike Taylor and Mark McNeill- In the News

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Mike Taylor and Mark McNeill

Both 15 Years old, both also passed away from injuries occured 12/9/11

NBC News: “2 Teens Dead after fatal hit-and-run crash” December 12th 2011

ABC News: “Two teens killed in hit-and-run, suspect arrested” December 12th 2011

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Anthony Oswald- In the News

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Anthony Oswald, and friends

Struck: March 11th 2011

NBC News: “4 Teens injured in Ridley Township Crash” March 12th 2011

CBS News: “Ridley Township Students, Pray for 14 year old hit-and-run vitim” March 14th 2011

Delco News Network: “Anthony Oswald, Embrassed by a village” March 22nd 2011

CBS News: “Teens Condition improves after Ridley Township hit-and-run” April 4th 2011

Delco Daily Times: “Ridley Park Community celebrates return of teen in injured hit-and-run”

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Faith Sinclair- In the News

Faith Margret Sinclair

7/15/1992~8/3/2008

*We are waiting for a story from Faith’s Friends and family*

ABC News: “16 year old killed in hit and run”  August 4th 2008 

ABC News: “No word from hit-and-run car’s owner” August 8th 2008 

ABC News: “Arrest in Deadly hit-and-run” October 23th 2008

NBC News: “Hit-and-run driver sentenced” July 20th 2009 

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