Keisha Williams, a mother of three, was involved in a carjacking incident that proved fatal to the Philadelphia mom’s three young children. Now, 13 days later, Williams has also died of her injuries. The two suspects who were arrested and charged with over a dozen felony counts in the incident will now see those charges increased to include the murder of Williams.
Writes NBC Philadelphia: “Nearly two weeks after a deadly carjacking that rocked Philadelphia, the mother of three children killed in the hit-and-run crash died. Philadelphia Police said Keisha Williams died at Temple University Hospital where she was being treated after an out-of-control car hopped the curb and struck Williams, her children and another woman.”
On July 28, we brought you this story: Carjack killer Philadelphia: Help police find men who stole SUV and killed 3 kids
Tips from the public led to one man turning himself in, and the other being arrested shortly therafter.
According to the NY Daily News, NBA Hall of Famer and TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley has reached out to the family and offered to cover the funeral expenses of Keisha Williams and her three children, who were plowed over by the stolen SUV while selling fruit at a church fundraiser.
Two men held the driver of the SUV at gunpoint, stole her vehicle, and for ten minutes assaulted her sexually. The SUV blew a tire and crashed at an intersection where Williams and her three children – Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Joseph Reed, 10, and Terrence Williams, 7 – were helping their mom sell fruit to benefit a church fundraiser for the building of a playground.
The suspects, identified as 19-year-old Jonathan Rosa and 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford (mugshots seen here), hijacked a Toyota 4Runner belonging to an unnamed 45-year-old real estate agent. The female who owned the SUV was told to get into the backseat, where she was sexually abused at gunpoint.
The carjackers then sped away, but as they were negotiating a high-speed turn at the corner of Allegheny and Germantown, the SUV blew a tire, sending the vehicle crashing into a crowd of people outside of the Mount Zion church.
“My heart continues to break for the family and friends of the victims,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “I hope the knowledge that I am prosecuting these defendants to the fullest extent of the law will give the family some sense of justice during this time of unimaginable grief.”
Both men, who already have a criminal record, were charged with 15 counts each – including second degree murder, carjacking, kidnapping and involuntary deviant sexual assault.
A 69-year-old woman, seen in the video above, was also injured while helping Williams and her three children set up their fruit stand.
“I want to personally thank Commissioner Ramsey, Captain Clark, all the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department for their exceptional work in bringing these two bastards to justice,” Williams said. “All Philadelphians were moved to tears by this crime.”
The men face at least four consecutive life terms, plus at least another 80 years behind bars.
Rosa's attorney, on the other hand, put the focus on his client. Attorney Christopher Warren said that Rosa, who turned himself in this week alongside his mom and church pastor, is cooperative and sorry.
“He turned himself in, and he is doing everything in his power to try and atone for what happened last Friday,” Warren said. “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.”