Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Rosa and 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford, the two men charged in the carjacking and crash that killed three children in Tioga last Friday, have been arraigned and denied bail.
The Friday morning incident, police say, occurred when the two suspects carjacked and sexually assaulted a real estate agent in North Philadelphia. Fleeing the scene, the two crashed her SUV into a family of four selling fruit on the street. Thomas Reed, 10; Keiearra Williams, 15; and Terrence Moore, 7, all died in the crash. Their mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, was critically injured. The carjacking victim and another woman selling fruit with the family, 69-year-old Thelma Brown, were also hurt.
A lawyer for Rosa says his client is attempting to “atone” for the killings. “Quite frankly, he’s having an extremely difficult time getting over the image of that 15-year-old girl coming over the hood of the car,” his lawyer told NBC 10.
Rosa left his cell phone at the crash scene, which led police to him. District attorney Seth Williams says he will seek mandatory life sentences for Crawford and Rosa. The pair are charged with murder, sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping and other offenses.