Shawn Anderson, 42, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was injured in a motorcycle accident after he was sideswiped by a pickup truck on Highway 60 in Rancho Cucamonga. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the incident occurred the morning of December 5, 2013. California Highway Patrol officials say 43-year-old Robert Saucedo was driving his 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck west in the number one lane at about 55 mph.
Jose Garcia, 51, of Fontana, was killed in a Lake Elsinore motorcycle accident the morning of December 3, 2013. According to the Lake Elsinore Patch, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Torn Ranch Road. The crash involved Garcia's motorcycle and a sedan. Garcia was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the sedan, a man in his 20s, was uninjured. Drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash. Garcia was wearing a helmet. The investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jose Garcia for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Aguida Luna, 52, was killed in a hit-and-run collision the morning of November 27, 2013. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Laxford Road in an unincorporated Los Angeles County area near Azusa. California Highway Patrol officials say Luna was on the west side of the street and started crossing Citrus Avenue eastbound when a vehicle heading north on Citrus struck her and did not stop. Luna was airlifted to an area trauma center where she died from her injuries. Officials say the vehicle that struck Luna may have been a Honda. Anyone with information is asked to contact CHP officials at 626-338-1164.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Aguida Luna for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The federal agency, which investigates fatal highway crashes, has criticized the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to keep unsafe tour buses off highways. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made his criticism after investigators determined that a fatal February tour bus crash near Big Bear that left eight people dead was due to faulty brakes. Investigators said regular inspections of tour buses would have caught such an egregious safety violation and taken that bus off the road.
Two people suffered major injuries in a Moreno Valley crash involving a hit-and-run driver, CBS Los Angeles reports. According to California Highway Patrol officials, the incident occurred the morning of November 16, 2013 on the 60 Freeway near the Town Circle Mall. Officials say a Ford Explorer SUV was rear-ended by another vehicle.
The SUV went out of control, flipped over and rolled down an embankment, crashing through a chain link fence and into a tree. The driver of the SUV, 39-year-old Rafael Villareal Pasillas, and one of his two passengers sustained major injuries. The driver of the vehicle that caused the collision fled the scene. It is not known if the other passenger in the SUV was injured. The investigation is still ongoing.
A big-rig driver was arrested after a hit-and-run collision in Whittier, which left one man seriously injured. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the collision occurred early morning on November 11, 2013 in the unincorporated county area near Whittier. California Highway Patrol officials say the truck was traveling south on the 605 Freeway to Washington Boulevard westbound. The truck driver, officials say, ran through the stop signs at the end of the off-ramp and made an illegal left turn directly into the path of a Chevrolet heading west on Washington.
The Chevrolet's driver was unable to avoid a collision and crashed into the left side of the big rig's trailer. The man suffered major injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The truck fled the scene. The 64-year-old Garden Grove man who was driving the truck was later detained and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials. The victim's current condition is not known.
A contract worker for the Los Angeles International Airport was run over by a driver, who officials say, was under the influence. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred early morning on November 7, 2013 at the intersection of Sepulveda and Century boulevards near the tunnels that head into the airport. Police said the worker was contracted by the city to change the streetlights at the location and was walking through the tunnel when a pickup truck collided with another vehicle that was towing a warning trailer.
Sandra Ceballos, 38, was killed and her friend was injured after a driver crashed into them at a street intersection in La Habra. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal accident occurred near Rigby Street and Whittier Boulevard just before 9 p.m. on October 25, 2013. The black Cadillac that hit them left the scene. Ceballos died from her injuries and her friend was injured. The women had just bought beer and were headed home when the vehicle hit them. The impact of the crash was so great that the women were sent flying about 50 feet, officials said. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Caroline Kim was later arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. The investigation is still ongoing.
A female bicyclist was critically injured in a crash with a box truck on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred early morning on October 2, 2013 near Coastline Drive. The details and circumstances of this crash are not clear. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
A 33-year-old man was killed in a Venice car accident after a driver struck him in a marked crosswalk. According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred around midnight on September 20, 2013 at the intersection of Lincoln and Venice boulevards. Officials say that the man, a Santa Monica resident, was in a marked crosswalk, but was crossing against a traffic signal. The driver was traveling west on Venice when the collision occurred. The driver left the scene, but was later arrested and identified as 33-year-old Kara Keihle of Venice. She has been arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run.
Eight people were injured in a San Diego bus accident when a Harrah's casino tour bus crashes into a yard on Valley Center Road. According to a U-T San Diego news report, the accident occurred the morning of September 19, 2013. The victims, who were in their 60s or older, suffered minor to moderate injuries, including broken bones. Eight people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The bus that was carrying 15 people including the driver started its trip in Seal Beach in Orange County and was headed to the casino.
Four people, identified as 22-year-old Marissa Fritz, 17-year-old Brianna Heyrend, 17-year-old Roland Mohan and 49-year-old Arturo Delatorre, were killed in a Lancaster car crash. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal crash occurred the evening of September 21, 2013 when a Honda Civic blew a stop sign and broadsided a pickup truck in the Mojave Desert. Both vehicles rolled into a ditch. The teens were in the Honda and were not buckled up, officials said. In addition to the deceased, three others were critically injured and transported to area hospitals. The investigation is ongoing.
Joey Nungaray, 27, was killed in a Westminster car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection Brookhurst Street and McFadden Avenue. Police say a Nissan Frontier truck, which was traveling south, broadsided a Honda Civic that was westbound. Investigators say one of the vehicles ran a red light, but have not determined which driver committed the violation.
Tracy Gage, 56, was killed in a Moreno Valley car accident after his bicycle was rear-ended by another vehicle. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal bicycle accident occurred the afternoon of September 12, 2013, when Gage was riding north between Krameria Avenue and Northern Dancer Drive. Gage was hit by a blue Toyota Corolla, which was also heading north. Gage suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was identified as 19-year-old Steven Gomez of Perris. Officials do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor. Anyone who saw this accident is asked to contact local police at 951-486-6900. The investigation is ongoing.
A car crash in Fullerton involving two vehicles left four people hospitalized with injuries. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred when one of the cars was westbound on Bastanchury Road the morning of September 11, 2013. That car crashed into another vehicle that was turning left into St. Jude Center west of Morelia Avenue. Three men and one woman from the Honda Prelude and Toyota Corolla were transported to local hospitals for treatment. All injured victims are expected to survive. The investigation is ongoing.