March 31, 2014

Boy Injured in Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident

A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized with critical injuries after he was hit by a truck in Santa Ana.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of 17th Street and Cabrillo Park Drive the evening of March 30, 2014.

The boy was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police are still looking into whether

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March 27, 2014

Skateboarder Killed in Placentia Car Accident

Logan Wells, 16, was killed in a Placentia car accident after a vehicle struck him when he was riding his skateboard.

According to a KABC news report, the fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Secretariat Way early morning on March 24, 2014.

Police say Wells was riding his skateboard when a Kia Sorento minivan struck him. The driver pulled over and called 911.

Wells was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A sheriff's official said

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March 24, 2014

Orange County Authorities on the Hunt for Hit-and-Run Drivers

Police in the cities of Orange and San Clemente are asking for the public's help in identifying hit-and-run drivers in two separate incidents.

The first one occurred the night of March 15, 2014 at Prospect Street and Craig Avenue in Orange when a woman was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street.

That vehicle is described as a white 2000 or 2002 Acura, Toyota or similar four-door sedan.

The vehicle may also be

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March 24, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Silverado Car Accident

Christopher Harty, 23, was killed in a car accident in the Irvine area, after the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of March 21, 2014 at the intersection of Ridgeline Road and Santiago Canyon Road in Silverado Canyon.

Police say a 38-year-old woman driving a 2007 Toyota east on Ridgeline had stopped at the stop sign at Santiago Canyon and pulled out to make a left turn in front of Harty's 2013 Aprilia motorcycle.

Harty was thrown off the bike and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota

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March 17, 2014

Santa Ana Car Accident Kills Pedestrian

Maria Vancinijavier, 51, was killed in a Santa Ana car accident as she attempted to cross the street.

According to a City News Service report, the fatal accident occurred in the 1600 block of West First Street the evening of March 13, 2014.

Police say a 2001 Volvo was traveling east on First Street when Vancinijavier crossed the street. The driver of the car swerved to the left, but was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian, police said. The driver called 911 and remained at the scene.

Vancinijavier was rushed to a local trauma center where she died the following morning. The investigation is ongoing.

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March 7, 2014

Seven Injured in Los Angeles Metro Bus Crash

At least seven people were injured in a Los Angeles bus accident, which officials say, was caused by an SUV driver who was under the influence. According to a KTLA news report, the SUV bounced off a concrete road barrier and plowed head-on into a Metro bus at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Mason Avenue in Winnetka. The 30-year-old driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Both drivers and five bus passengers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They are believed to be in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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February 28, 2014

Accidents Double as Rain Pummels Southern California

More than 100 traffic accidents were reported just overnight on Wednesday to Thursday morning and more are expected with heavier rain on the way, according to a news report on CBS Los Angeles. Beach communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties were getting ready to handle the flooding and California Highway Patrol officials closed a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu as a precaution since it is prone to landslides. Officials also warn that

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February 14, 2014

Hit-and-Run Suspect Sought In Orange County Pedestrian Accident

A Huntington Beach family is asking for the public's help to find the hit-and-run driver who seriously injured 17-year-old Stephen Cureton.

According to a news report in the Huntington Beach Independent, Cureton was riding his skateboard at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Yorktown Avenue the night of February 10, 2014 when a black sports car, possibly a Chevrolet Corvette, struck him. Cureton is in stable condition and is expected to survive.

His family is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can help identify the driver of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-960-8811.

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February 6, 2014

Bicyclist Killed in Orange County DUI Hit-and-Run Crash

Joey Robinson, 21, was killed in a bicycle accident in Orange after a suspected drunk driver struck him and left the scene. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred on the shoulder of Santiago Canyon Road and Loma Ridge the morning of February 3, 2014. Robinson had been riding on the shoulder of the roadway when officials say a speeding driver traveling south struck him while making an unsafe turn. Robinson, an Irvine resident, died at the scene.

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January 31, 2014

One Killed, Seven Injured in Laguna Beach Car Crash

Erik Ortiz Valencia, 29, of Irvine, was killed and seven others were injured in a Laguna Beach car accident involving four vehicles. According to a report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of January 26, 2014 on Pacific Coast Highway at Irvine Cove Drive. Police say the driver of a Honda was headed north on Coast Highway when he was involved in a collision with three other cars. Ortiz was a passenger in the Honda. The driver, a 27-year-old Mission Viejo man, was injured, but is expected to survive. Police suspect alcohol or drugs were involved.

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January 28, 2014

Buzzed Drivers Under Legal Limit Are Still at Risk for Car Accidents

Even drivers with a slight buzz who are under the legal limit at more likely be at fault for accidents than the sober drivers they hit, a new study report. According to a news report by Reuters Health, the authors of the study looked at fatal crash data from a U.S. database of more than 570,000 collisions between 1994 and 2011. They found that there appears to be no level of safe alcohol in the bloodstream when it comes to driving.

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January 24, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Riverside Car Accident

A 30-year-old man was killed in a Riverside motorcycle accident the night of January 22, 2014 after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle exiting a school. According to a report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal collision occurred when a 33-year-old Riverside man pulled out of Adams Elementary onto Colorado Avenue right into the path of the 2008 Suzuki motorcycle traveling east on Colorado. The motorcycle lay in pieces in the street. The motorcyclist died from his injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine who was at fault.

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January 20, 2014

Woman Acquitted after Getting Ticket for Wearing Google Glass while Driving

A San Diego traffic court official dismissed 44-year-old Cecilia Abadie's citation for using her Google Glass device while allegedly speeding on a local freeway. According to a 10News report, Abadie was not actively using the prototype eyeglass-style wearable computer when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped her for allegedly speeding on the 15 Freeway near Aero Drive on October 29, 2013. Her speeding ticket was also dismissed due to lack of evidence.

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January 8, 2014

Bicyclist Killed in Riverside DUI Crash

David Mendez, 22, was killed in a Riverside bicycle accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal collision occurred the afternoon of January 5, 2014. Police say Mendez was riding a bike east on Central Avenue in the far left lane about three-quarters of a mile west of Victoria Avenue when a driver struck him from behind. Mendez, who was wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries and died at a local hospital. The driver was detained at the scene and officials, but it is not clear if he was arrested. Officials suspect that the driver was under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of David Mendez for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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January 6, 2014

Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Rosemead

Qingrong Chai, 69, was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Rosemead just before she was about to celebrate her 70th birthday. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred the evening of December 29, 2013 at the intersection of Greendale and Marshall avenues. A vehicle struck Chai, knocking her off her feet into opposing lanes of traffic.

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