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Drag racing allegedly led to fatal Boulevard crash

  • Khusen Akhmedov of Lancaster was driving the 2012 Audi that struck and killed Samara Selena Banks and three of her four young sons on Roosevelt Boulevard on July 16.

  • Ahmen Holloman, the driver of the 1994 Honda.

Au­thor­it­ies have iden­ti­fied a former driver for a Hunt­ing­don Val­ley-based am­bu­lance ser­vice as the man al­legedly be­hind the wheel of a 2012 Audi that struck and killed a Felton­ville wo­man, along with three of her sons, on Roosevelt Boulevard on Ju­ly 16.

Khusen Akhmedov, 23, was drag ra­cing against Ah­men Hol­lo­man, 30, south­bound on the Boulevard shortly be­fore 10:30 p.m. when Akhmedov’s vehicle plowed in­to Samara Selena Banks, 28, and her four boys, who were at­tempt­ing to cross the high­way on foot, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice.

Banks, of the 4600 block of C St., along with her 23-month-old son were both pro­nounced dead at the scene. Po­lice did not re­lease the boy’s name. The wo­man’s 7-month-old son, Saamir Wil­li­ams, was taken to Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter, where he died that night. Her 4-year-old son, whose name was not re­leased, was taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren, where he died on Ju­ly 17. A 5-year-old son was also in­jured in the crash. He was treated at Ein­stein for “bumps and bruises,” po­lice said, then re­leased in­to the cus­tody of re­l­at­ives.

Au­thor­it­ies iden­ti­fied Akhmedov as a res­id­ent of Lan­caster, Pa., but court doc­u­ments in an un­re­lated fed­er­al health care fraud case in­dic­ate that he may have been liv­ing in the North­east. Mean­while, Hol­lo­man resides on 7000 block of Souder St. in Castor Gar­dens.

Both men were charged on Ju­ly 17 with mul­tiple counts of third-de­gree murder, hom­icide by vehicle and re­lated of­fenses.

In a prin­ted state­ment, Phil­adelphia po­lice gave the fol­low­ing ac­count of the crash. At 10:26 p.m., wit­nesses saw the Audi trav­el­ing south­bound on the Boulevard near Front Street at a high rate of speed and ap­par­ently ra­cing with a 1994 Honda. Mo­ments later, the Audi veered out of con­trol and struck Banks, along with her sons.

Akhmedov waited at the crash scene for po­lice to ar­rive. In­vest­ig­at­ors ques­tioned him and took blood samples, but did not charge him ini­tially. Po­lice did not re­lease de­tails about how they linked Hol­lo­man to the in­cid­ent.

Ac­cord­ing to The Phil­adelphia In­quirer, which cited traffic court re­cords in sev­er­al Pennsylvania counties, Akhmedov has eight ser­i­ous mov­ing vi­ol­a­tions in­clud­ing speed­ing and reck­less driv­ing on his re­cord, and had his li­cense sus­pen­ded in 2011.

The fed­er­al health-care fraud case against him came to light in April when the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice re­leased a grand jury in­dict­ment nam­ing Akhmedov among sev­en in­di­vidu­al de­fend­ants in a Medi­care rip-off scheme. The sev­en de­fend­ants were the own­ers and op­er­at­ors of Penn Choice Am­bu­lance, which op­er­ated out of Hunt­ing­don Val­ley and Camp Hill, Pa. The 31-count in­dict­ment al­leges that the de­fend­ants falsely billed Medi­care for more that $3.6 mil­lion in trans­port­a­tion ser­vices provided to pa­tients who were in­eligible for cov­er­age. Medi­care paid out more than $1.5 mil­lion to the am­bu­lance com­pany.

At the time of the in­dict­ment, the U.S. At­tor­ney iden­ti­fied Akhmedov as a Phil­adelphia res­id­ent, but gave no ad­dress. His al­leged role in the scheme in­cluded trans­port­ing in­eligible pa­tients, de­liv­er­ing kick­backs to pa­tients who were in on the scheme and falsi­fy­ing am­bu­lance trip logs.

Akhmedov has pleaded not guilty in that case and had been freed on $100,000 bail. He re­portedly told the court he would be liv­ing at a North­east Phil­adelphia ad­dress.

Akhmedov and Hol­lo­man each are jailed at the city’s Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity in lieu of $2.5 mil­lion bail, pending a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Aug. 7. •• 

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