Carjacking Crash Victim on Suspects: "There's No Hope for Them" - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Carjacking Crash Victim on Suspects: "There's No Hope for Them"

A woman who was hurt in the carjacking crash that killed three children returned home. NBC10's Denise Nakano speaks to the woman about how she's coping with the tragedy and what she has to say to the men charged in the crime. (Published Thursday, July 31, 2014)

It was a bittersweet homecoming for 65-year-old Thelma Brown on Wednesday. Still recovering from her injuries, Brown sat on the porch outside her North Philadelphia home as hundreds of people gathered outside to wish her well.

"I never thought there would be so many people," Brown said.

Brown was released from the hospital several days after she was hurt during a carjacking hit-and-run that killed three children.

Brown is a family friend and neighbor of 34-year-old Keisha Williams. Williams' three children Joseph Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15, and Terrence Moore, 7, were struck and killed Friday when a carjacked SUV plowed into a fruit stand where they were volunteering on a street corner on Germantown and Allegheny Avenues.

A Vigil for Carjacking Victims

[PHI] A Vigil for Carjacking Victims
NBC10's Jesse Gary reports from the Tioga section of Philadelphia about how the community and city are grieving for the three children killed during a carjacking.
(Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

"Where the girls were standing and the boy, I was standing there too," Brown said. "I remember the car hitting me and I'm going up in the air. And I said, 'oh my God.'"

Keisha Williams was critically injured in the crash. A woman who police say was sexually assaulted by the carjacking suspects was also hurt after her vehicle slammed into a tree.

Brown suffered a broken ankle and bruised sternum. As she mourns the loss of her three young neighbors, she's also dealing with her anger towards the men allegedly responsible. The two suspects in the deadly carjacking and crash - Cornelius Crawford, 23, and Jonathan Rosa, 19 - were charged Monday with second-degree murder, robbery, carjacking, sexual assault and other offenses. On Tuesday investigators revealed that Rosa's own mother brought her son back to police after they questioned and released him earlier in the weekend.

"It hurts me that they would do this and run," Brown said. "There's no hope for them whatsoever."

Brown says she will need months of physical therapy to get back on her feet. Keisha Williams, meanwhile, remains in intensive care but continues to slowly recover.

"She's awake, she's responsive and she's going in the right direction," said Williams' cousin Stephanie Alexander. "All we want to do is bring her home."

Community Remembers Victims of Deadly Carjacking Crash

[PHI] Community Remembers Victims of Deadly Carjacking Crash
Hundreds of friends, family, and loved ones gathered Tuesday night at the scene of a deadly carjacking crash in Tioga last week that killed three young children. NBC10's George Spencer talked to relatives of those young victims.
(Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

Family members say Williams still has not been told about what happened to her children.

The memorial for the young victims at the site of the crash continues to grow with flowers, handwritten messages and stuffed toys. A fundraiser is also being planned this Saturday for Williams and her family.

Family members also confirmed that the funeral for the children will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 16th and Oxford Streets. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams also announced that NBA legend and former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley offered to pay for the funeral expenses.