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Convictions overturned in the crash that killed wife, 3 children

PHILADELPHIA – A court of appeal has overturned third-degree murder conviction of a man accused of hitting and killing a woman and three young children, while street racing in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Friday that Khusen Akhmedov was a “sustained and purposeful recklessness” in support of the beliefs.

The three judges said the July 2013 crash at the top of a hill, and in the dark, making it difficult for him to see 27-year-old Samara Banks and her children.

The 27-year-old defendant sentenced to a sentence of 17 to 34 years. He now faces resentencing on lesser counts, including vehicle manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering.

Prosecutors refused to comment on the question of whether an appeal was planned. Lawyer Michael Diamondstein called the case ” a terrible tragedy.”

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.inquirer.com

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