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Arrests made in crash that killed mom, 3 kids walking across Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia

2 men, possibly drag racing, charged with 3rd degree murder, police say

PHILADELPHIA - Two men have been charged in a crash that killed a pedestrian and her three young sons on the Roosevelt Boulevard, a 12-lane highway in Philadelphia that's been plagued by pedestrian deaths, police said.

Samara Banks, 28, and her sons -- 4-year-old Saa-deem Griffin, 23-month-old Saa-sean Williams and 9-month-old Saa-mir Williams -- were killed as they crossed the busy road while walking home from an aunt's home, relatives said.

The family was struck at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on a stretch with grassy medians dividing the roadway, but no crosswalks for nearly two blocks.

Banks' surviving 5-year-old son, Saa-yon Griffin, suffered only bumps and bruises, police said.

The men were charged with four counts each of third degree murder, homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, as well as other charges, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday night. A witness reported drag racing may have been involved, police said.

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