Driver gets 17-34 years in prison after racing crash that killed Philly mom, three kids

A central Pennsylvania man who was drag racing before a Philadelphia crash that killed a mother and three of her four children has been sentenced to 17 to 34 years in prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Khusen Akhmedov of Lancaster was sentenced Monday on a third-degree murder conviction in the July 2013 crash.

Prosecutors say Akhmedov and 32-year-old Ahmen Holloman were racing as 27-year-old Samara Banks and her children were crossing a major artery, and Akhmedov’s car hit them.

The judge noted that Akhmedov had a history of speeding and aggressive driving and had been warned by a police officer days before the fatal crash.

Akhmedov apologized repeatedly to relatives of the victims and asked for their forgiveness.

Holloman was sentenced to five to 10 years in the case.

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