Alleged street racer faces murder trial in deaths of mom, tots in Philly pedestrian crash

Prosecution witnesses say a street racer was going 79 miles an hour when he struck and killed a Philadelphia woman and her three young sons as they crossed a city boulevard in Philadelphia.

An accident investigator estimates that 23-year-old Samara Banks was 1.3 seconds from the curb when her family was struck the night of July 16.

A judge has upheld third-degree murder charges against 23-year-old Khusen (KOO'-sen) Akhmedov (OCK'-muh-dov). He told police he saw the family after cresting a hill, but could not avoid them.

Witnesses say they saw the Lancaster man racing 30-year-old Ahmen Hollomon of Philadelphia before the crash.

A judge dropped the murder charges against Hollomon, but he still faces DUI-homicide and reckless endangerment counts.

Akhmendov's attorney calls the crash an accident.