A judge on Thursday set bail at $2.5 million each for two men who were allegedly drag racing on Roosevelt Boulevard on Tuesday night when one of them lost control, striking and killing a mother and three of her children.
One of the suspects, who previously worked as an ambulance driver, just recently made bail after he was indicted on federal charges unrelated to Tuesday's incident.
Khusen Akhmedov, 23, of the 400 block of Queen Street in Lancaster City, and Ahmen Holloman, 30, of the 7000 block of Souder Street in Castor, were both arrested Wednesday night and arraigned shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
They are each charged with five counts of reckless endangerment; four counts each of murder, homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter; and one count each of aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle and simple assault.
A judge ordered the two men held on $2.5 million bail each in connection with the charges.
Akhmedov and Holloman were allegedly drag racing – one of them behind the wheel of a 2012 Audi as the second manned a 1994 Honda – on Roosevelt Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. when the Audi lost control, striking Samara Selena Banks, 28, and her four children as they attempted to cross at Rockland Street.
Banks and three of her sons, aged 7 months, 23 months and 4, were killed in the crash.
Banks' fourth son, 5, remained hospitalized Thursday in stable condition.
Akhmedov, in particular, has a long history of speeding violations, court documents show.
He has since 2009 received speeding tickets in Bucks, Cumberland, Montgomery and York counties, and was three years ago found guilty in Lancaster County of having a limited license for an occupational vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Akhmedov, who previously worked as a driver with the Camp Hill-based Penn Choice ambulance service, was released on bail in April after being indicted on federal charges in connection with his job at the company.
Prosecutors said Akhmedov and six other Penn Choice employees conspired to bill the government millions of dollars for unnecessary private ambulance trips, falsifying documents to convince Medicare administrators that patients required ambulance transportation when they, in fact, could safely make it to their appointments by other means.