A recent report is showing that California ranks number 17 in the nation for pedestrian risk with 6,616 pedestrian fatalities between 2005 and 2014. According to a report on Streetsblog.com, the report titled “Dangerous by Design” was produced by Smart Growth America. These numbers show that the regions in California with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities are Bakersfield, Riverside, San Bernardino, Stockton, Modesto and Fresno. Continue reading →
A dog that attacked a college student in Riverside on January 4 and threatened a woman last month will be put down, animal services officials said. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the student was walking near La Sierra University when a pit bull bit her legs. Her injuries were not considered life threatening. Riverside resident Barbara Hansen said the same pit bull charged her as she was walking home from church in December. She said she fell down and broke her arm as she tried to run away from the snarling dog.
Animal control officials tracked down the owner of the pit bull who agreed to give up the dog and have it euthanized. Officials said the problem was not the dog, but the owner who did not get it neutered. This causes dogs to get out and roam, they said. Hansen said she still feels fear as she is out in the neighborhood that other roaming dogs will attack her.
It is indeed fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this dog attack. We wish the injured student the very best for a quick and full recovery.
An elderly woman was struck and injured in a pedestrian accident in Arcadia, which officials say, involved a suspected hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the collision took place the night of December 14, 2016 on Baldwin Avenue at Arcadia Avenue. The woman was crossing Baldwin Avenue when a northbound Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup truck struck her.
The truck continued driving. But, multiple witnesses called 911 to report the crash and provide information including the license plate number of the hit-and-run pickup truck. Pasadena police located and arrested the suspected driver a short time later at his home. The woman was hospitalized in critical condition, but is said to be stable now. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the critically injured pedestrian. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →
A police officer who was seriously injured when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver is facing a long road to recovery, The Orange County Register reports. Officer Sharif Muzayen was on a call in a residential area of Orange when a woman suspected of driving under the influence crashed into him as he stood behind his police cruiser. Muzayen suffered severe injuries below the waist and remains in intensive care. Officials say he has a very long road ahead of him.
The driver, 27-year-old Ashley Victoria Bertolino, has been charged with felony counts of driving under influence causing injury. She also faces a charge of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more causing bodily injury. Police say Bertolino drifted toward the curb and crashed into the officer. She is accused of having a BAC of 0.13 percent and being under the influence of drugs while going 40 mph in a 25-mph zone.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the severely injured officer and his family members. We hope his injuries are not catastrophic and that he will make a complete recovery despite having a long road to recovery. Continue reading →
Lisa Shelhorn, 19, was killed and a man was critically injured in a Seal Beach car accident the afternoon of December 9, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred on Westminster Avenue between Seal Beach Boulevard and Bolsa Chica Road. A preliminary investigation shows that a man in a pickup truck driving east on Westminster crossed over the painted center median into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound minivan.
Shelhorn, who was driving the minivan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Investigators are looking into the possibility that drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing. Continue reading →
Richard Jeans Jr., 73, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident after a car struck him in an unmarked crosswalk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Jeans was riding his mobility scooter on Beach Boulevard the night of November 19, 2016 at the intersection of Taylor Drive in an unmarked crosswalk when a Mazda Protégé traveling north struck him.
When police arrived, they found Jean critically injured and lying in the roadway next to his scooter. No arrests or citations were reported. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in this collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5666 or 714-960-8825. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Richard Jeans Jr. for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →
Two teen males died and a woman was injured in a two-car accident in West Hills, which officials say, may have involved street-racing. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the incident occurred the evening of November 13, 2014 at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Platt Avenue. One of the two vehicles was completely destroyed. The identities of the deceased have not been revealed. The injured victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Continue reading →
A motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Huntington Beach after an SUV struck him and left the scene. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the night of November 10, 2016 at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Warner Avenue. The motorcyclist was struck by a green 1990s Ford Explorer at the intersection. The direction in which both vehicles were traveling is not known. The driver of the SUV left the scene and the motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries that were not expected to be life threatening. The cause of this crash is still under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcyclist. It is indeed fortunate that his injuries are not critical. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →
A 15-year-old boy, identified as Ramiro Macias, was critically injured in a bicycle accident after he was struck by a minivan while riding his bike. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the teen was riding his bike near Brookhurst Street and Ball Road the night of September 18, 2016. Witnesses told police that the van, a gray Dodge Caravan, was driving erratically, swerved and struck the bicyclist.
They also told police that the driver failed to stop and continued driving. The boy was riding his bike south on Brookhurst in the bike lane. The front of the minivan will have damage consistent with hitting a bicycle, officials said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Anaheim police at 714-765-1900.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ramiro Macias and his family as they go through these very difficult times. We wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Continue reading →
Police are looking for a motorist in connection with a hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles that left a woman dead. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred early morning on September 14, 2016 near 79th Street and Western Avenue. The driver, a male driving a black Chevrolet, struck the woman and kept driving south on Western Avenue toward 80th Street.
The incident is being investigated as a felony hit-and-run. Some people in the neighborhood said the person who struck the victim might have been speeding because there were skid marks on the street. The location where this crash occurred is about half a mile from one of Los Angeles County’s most problematic intersections, Florence and Western Avenues where 30 hit-and-run crashes were reported between 2002 and 2013, according to the Times’ analysis of California crash records.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this hit-and-run victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →