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Minutes Before Deadly Mummers Crash, Delaware Police Chased the Stabbed Suspect's Vehicle

Authorities in Delaware tried to pull over Keith Campbell's white Audi for erratic driving, but called off a pursuit to prevent a crash

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Vehicular Homicide Charges in Crash That Killed Mummers

    Members of the string band visited the scene of yesterday's deadly crash that killed two of their members and another person. Loved ones are still trying to make sense of what happened. Police have charged the driver of the other vehicle with vehicular manslaughter.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Keith Campbell, 29, is charged in Wednesday's triple homicide along Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.

    • The violent crash claimed the lives of Mummers Joseph Ferry and Dennis Palandro along with Ferry's fiancée Kelly Wiseley.

    • Delaware authorities said they tried to pull over Campbell's car about 30 minutes before the South Philly crash. They called off a pursuit.

    Thirty minutes before a head-on crash in South Philadelphia that killed three people and injured a fourth, authorities in Delaware attempted to stop the driver police say caused the collision.

    The Newport Police Department said Friday that its officers and Delaware state troopers pursued 29-year-old Keith Campbell through New Castle County after observing his white Audi travel recklessly down two highways early Wednesday.

    Police tried to pull over Campbell along Delaware Route 4 around 1:12 a.m., but he kept driving. His driving became more erratic as the luxury car traveled west and onto northbound Interstate 95, police said.

    Authorities eventually called off the pursuit, in the area of the Christiana Mall, to prevent a crash.

    Suspect Accused of Killing 3 in Crash Left Rambling Note

    [PHI] Suspect Accused of Killing 3 in Crash Left Rambling Note

    Philadelphia police say Keith Campbell likely stabbed himself then slammed his sedan into an SUV in South Philly, killing three people heading to a diner after the Mummers Parade. Investigators found a "strange" note and bloody knife inside Campbell's wrecked car.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019)

    Thirty-miles away in Philadelphia, at around 1:45 a.m., Campbell's car drifted into the opposite lane along Packer Avenue near S. 7th Street and directly into an Acura SUV, police said.

    The violent crash forced the driver — 36-year-old Joseph Ferry — to be ejected from the vehicle and killed. His fiancée, Kelly Wiseley, 35, and friend Dennis Palandro, 31, also died at the scene. Palandro's 30-year-old wife suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized.

    Both Ferry and Palandro were members of the South Philadelphia String Band. The group had just taken the second place prize in the annual Mummers Parade. The couples were heading to have a meal at the Oregon Diner at the time of the crash.

    Police said Campbell had 15 to 20 stab wounds in his chest and torso when the crash happened. They are investigating whether the wounds were self-inflicted. A knife and note — described by police to have rambling statements — were found in the car. Toxicology results are also pending.

    Campbell is charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated assault, and related crimes. He remains hospitalized, but is expected to survive.

    Newport police said they are assisting Philadelphia police in their investigation.

    Learning More About Suspect in Deadly Post-Mummers Parade Crash

    [PHI] Learning More About Suspect in Deadly Post-Mummers Parade Crash

    Investigators discoverd a bloody knife along with a rambling note they say was left by the driver of a sedan who slammed into an SUV, killing three people and injuring another. The people in the car were headed to the Oregon diner after the Mummers parade.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019)