July 15, 2009

Fatal DUI Car Accident Kills Two Los Angeles County Women

Rosemary Webb, 76, and Toni Webb, 43, died in a Riverside car accident involving a suspected drunk driver, City News Service reports. Steven Samuel Chavez, 23, was driving a Toyota sedan the night of July 12, 2009 when he hit a Dodge pickup truck carrying five people on the 10 Freeway near Coachella, California Highway Patrol officials said. Both cars spun out of control and rolled over in the center median.

Toni Webb, who officials say was not buckled up, was ejected onto the roadway and died at the scene. Rosemary Webb was apparently wearing a seatbelt, but died from the impact of the car crash. Elaina Tomlin, 45, was hospitalized with major injuries while 53-year-old Kenneth Webb, the driver of the Dodge, and a 12-year-old girl sustained minor injuries. Chavez was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Rosemary and Toni Webb for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my heartfelt sympathies to them. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep this family in your prayers.

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July 14, 2009

California Motorcycle Accident Causes Injuries

Two people suffered injuries in a car versus motorcycle accident in San Luis Obispo. According to a news report on KSBY, the motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of July 11, 2009 near Orcutt Road and Avocado Lane. California Highway Patrol officials say a woman driving a Mazda Miata attempted to pass a motorcycle when her car fishtailed and hit the motorcycle. The woman then drove the car into the fence of a local vineyard. Both the woman and the motorcyclist were taken to the hospital with injuries.

I'm relieved that neither the motorcyclist nor the car's driver suffered life-threatening injuries. I wish them both the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), in the city of San Luis Obispo there were no fatalities, but 24 injuries involving motorcycle accidents. In San Luis Obispo County as a whole, six fatalities and 102 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents that year.

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July 13, 2009

Orange County Multiple Car Accident Injures Four

Four people were hospitalized with injuries they sustained in an Orange County car accident involving nine cars on the 5 Freeway near Bake Parkway on July 11, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Three of the injured victims--a 27-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old male--were all riding in the same vehicle and were transported to trauma centers. The fourth victim, a woman, was taken to an area hospital as well. California Highway Patrol officials said the accident involved three separate car collisions. Officials are still investigating what caused this multi-car crash.

My heart goes out to all the victims of this horrific car accident. I wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 211 injuries involving car accidents in Lake Forest. In Orange County in 2007, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents

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July 10, 2009

Fatal Los Angeles County Pedestrian Accident

A woman in her 40s was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident in Lennox the afternoon of July 8, 2009, the Daily Breeze reports. The woman, who has not yet been identified, was walking at Lennox and La Cienega boulevards when she was struck by a white Toyota van, California Highway Patrol officials said.

I offer my deepest condolences to this deceased victim's family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 210 fatalities and 5,095 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County. Lennox is a census designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County.

Based on this newspaper report, the woman was walking near the intersection of Lennox and La Cienega boulevards. It's not clear whether she was trying to cross the street in a crosswalk or intersection or whether she was walking on the shoulder or sidewalk of the street. There are many unanswered questions in this Los Angeles car accident case. If she was trying to cross the street in a crosswalk or intersection and had a green light, then the driver of the Toyota van could be held liable for the woman's fatal injuries.

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July 9, 2009

San Bernardino County Car Accident Injures Three

At least three people were injured in a head-on car accident in San Bernardino County, the Victorville Daily Press reports. The car crash occurred on Palmdale Road near Eaby Road in Phelan the afternoon of July 6, 2009, California Highway Patrol officials said. A Toyota Sienna that was traveling east on Palmdale Road slowed to avoid hitting a loose dog on the street. A pickup truck, unable to stop in time, rear-ended the van and pushed it into oncoming traffic causing a Hyundai to crash head-on into the van. The Hyundai then hit an embankment and rolled over on its roof. Two adults from the Sienna were taken to the hospital. The driver of the Hyundai was also injured. Good Samaritans helped the accident victims get out of the car before help arrived.

I'm relieved that none of the victims in this rollover car crash suffered any life threatening injuries. I know a car accident can be physically as well as psychologically and emotionally traumatic. I wish all the injured victims the best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 308 deaths and 9,920 injuries reported in San Bernardino County as a result of car accidents.

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July 8, 2009

San Bernardino County Fatal Car Accident

Arion Seay, 16, died in a San Bernardino County car accident after his seatbelt reportedly failed ejecting him from a Ford Focus sedan in which he was a passenger. According to a news report in the San Bernardino Sun, eyewitnesses told officials that 27-year-old Dione Davis, the driver of the 2007 Ford Focus, was driving south on Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa when she lost control. The Focus then crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into a Toyota 4Runner.

The Toyota's driver, 32-year-old Steve Parr, was not injured. Seay was apparently wearing his seatbelt and sitting in the backseat behind Davis, but was still ejected from the car. Police suspect Davis was under the influence and speeding at the time of the fatal car crash. Both Davis and another 17-year-old teen were injured as well. Police say Davis is likely to face vehicular manslaughter charges.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of young Arion Seay for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved this young man. Please keep them as well as the injured teenager in your prayers. I hope the injured teen makes a quick and complete recovery.

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July 7, 2009

Riverside County DUI Car Accident

One woman was injured in a Riverside County car accident the night of July 4, 2009, according to a KESQ News report. The car crash occurred when a suspected drunk driver hit two cars on Golf Club Drive, just north of Highway 111 in Palm Springs. The female driver then took her 8-year-old daughter and fled the scene. Another passenger was trapped in the car and suffered injuries. It is not clear whether the occupants of the other cars suffered any serious injuries. The suspected drunk driver was apprehended by officials a couple of blocks away from the accident scene. She was charged with drunk driving, hit-and-run and child abuse.

My heart goes out to the victims who were injured in this car accident as a result of the drunk driver's negligent and reckless behavior. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 66 injuries involving alcohol-related car accidents in Palm Springs. In Riverside County as a whole, 129 deaths and 1,279 injuries, in 2007, were attributed to alcohol-related car accidents.

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July 6, 2009

Los Angeles County Car Accident Injures One

An elderly woman was injured in a car accident in Whittier the morning of July 2, 2009, the Whittier Daily News reports. The car accident occurred at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Broadway Avenue. Officials said a car traveling east made a left turn in front of a car heading the opposite direction. The injured woman was a passenger in one of the cars. There is no information on who specifically was at fault for this car crash.

My heart goes out to the elderly woman who sustained injuries in this Los Angeles County car collision. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 411 injuries involving car accidents in Whittier. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 fatalities and 56,475 injuries were reported in 2007.

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July 3, 2009

Street Racing Causes Fatal Ventura County Motorcycle Accident

Travis Lee, 27, was killed in a Ventura motorcycle accidentmotorcycle accident after he lost control and crashed into a car at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Avocet Drive. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred June 21, 2009. Eyewitnesses told Ventura police that Lee was southbound on Victoria Avenue, racing with a red Corvette between intersections. At Avocet Drive, Lee was facing a red light and tried to stop. But he lost control of the motorcycle and slid to the side of a sport utility vehicle headed westbound through the intersection. Lee was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The driver of the Corvette was cited and released for being involved in a speed contest, which is a misdemeanor.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Travis Lee for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. I'm also relieved that no one else was injured in this unfortunate incident, which occurred because two people were behaving irresponsibly and with callous disregard for public safety.

In California, racing on a public street or a highway is illegal. California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: "A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device. For purposes of this section, an event in which the time to cover a prescribed route of more than 20 miles is measured, but where the vehicle does not exceed the speed limits, is not a speed contest."

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July 2, 2009

San Bernardino County Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Edgar Hernandez-Uribe, 18, died in a fatal San Bernardino motorcycle accident the morning of July 1, 2009 on the 10 Freeway in Colton. According to the San Bernardino Sun, Edgar Hernandez-Uribe was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle when he veered off the freeway and crash. The impact threw him off the bike, California Highway Patrol officials said. Hernandez-Uribe was pronounced dead at the scene.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of young Edgar Hernandez-Uribe for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 23 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Colton. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 28 deaths and 627 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents.

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July 1, 2009

Los Angeles County Car Accident Injures Seven

Seven people were hurt, two critically, in a Los Angeles car accident after a car sped onto to a sidewalk and slammed into another vehicle, the Associated Press reports. The car apparently ran a red light in southeast Los Angeles the morning of June 30, 2009 and drove onto the sidewalk, striking two people before hitting a second car, Los Angeles police officials said. A woman in her 50s and a man in his 40s who were struck on the sidewalk suffered critical injuries. Five others were also reportedly injured in the car crash, but their condition was not serious or life-threatening.

My heart goes out to all victims who were injured in this Los Angeles county pedestrian accident especially the two pedestrians who were critically injured. Unfortunately, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 90 fatalities and 2,690 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of pedestrian accidents.

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June 30, 2009

Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorneys Seek Leads in Freeway Hit-and-Run Accident

Hit-and-run accidents in Southern California occur almost on a daily basis. Hit-and-run accident victims and their families are the worst sufferers in these situations because not only are they suffer serious personal injuries or killed as a result of the accident, but they are saddled with sky-high medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, medication and loss of earnings – and they have no one to hold accountable for their injuries, damages and loss.

Our client, Shaun Edward Earnhart, is exactly in this situation. Earnhart was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident when he had got off his car on the shoulder of the eastbound 60 Freeway off-ramp at the Phillips Ranch Road exit in Pomona. Earnhart had got off the car because he had gotten sick from eating at a restaurant. According to California Highway Patrol officials, it was at this time that the driver of the Mercedes Benz exiting the freeway veered into the shoulder and struck Earnhart. The impact of the pedestrian-car crash sent Earnhart flying back, over the Mercedes, and across the off-ramp lanes. He suffered critical injuries and is still in the hospital.

The driver of the Mercedes dropped a black, custom-made, spider web-shaped grill at the scene after the impact. Other than that the Mercedes did not slow, brake or stop. In fact, according to Earnhart's distraught girlfriend, the driver of the Mercedes accelerated down the off-ramp and fled the scene so fast that she could not even get the vehicle license plate number. Based on the physical evidence at the scene, CHP officials believe that the Mercedes should have considerable front end damage. Investigators also believe that the spider web-shaped grill recovered from the scene belonged to a customized AMG-style Mercedes Benz. The part number on the grill was AMG A 220 885 06 53.

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June 29, 2009

EMT Raped Woman in Orange County Hospital, Officials Say

Police in Mission Viejo arrested Jesse Karim Pena, a 31-year-old emergency medical technician at Mission Hospital on suspicion of raping a woman inside a hospital while she was too intoxicated to resist, The Orange County Register reports. Police are saying that they believe there may have been more victims in this personal injury case. Investigators said DNA linked Pena to the rape of a patient at Mission Hospital who reported to police that she was assaulted while receiving medical care at the hospital.

The victim, who was only identified as a 31-year-old woman, was taken to Mission Hospital by ambulance on February 20, 2009. Officials got a 911 call from the hospital from the woman who told investigators that she felt as if she had been raped. The woman was apparently semi-conscious and intoxicated during the assault, but she told officials that she knew someone raped her. The newspaper reports that the woman was not able to resist because she was under the influence of "an intoxicating substance, an anesthetic substance and a controlled substance." Police investigators took DNA samples from all three emergency medical technicians who had access to the woman at the hospital. The DNA on her gown matched Pena's, officials said.

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June 26, 2009

Elderly Couple Killed in Riverside County Car Accident

A Yucaipa couple--Clyde Arnett, 87 and his wife, Mildred Arnett, 88--were killed in a Palm Springs car accident after a speeding driver rear-ended their sedan that was stopped on the shoulder of Highway 111. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the fatal car accident occurred early morning June 24, 2009 on northbound state Route 111 near Gateway Drive.

Clyde and Mildred Arnett had parked their Ford Crown Victoria sedan on the northbound shoulder of the highway when they were rear-ended at high speed by a 45-year-old Victorville man driving a Mercedes, Palm Springs police said. Witnesses told police that the man behind the wheel of the Mercedes was driving erratically just before the car collision. The Arnetts were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes was not seriously injured.

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June 25, 2009

Fatal Los Angeles County Car Accident

Steven Alex Sanchez, 19, died and three others were injured in an Los Angeles County car accident the night of June 23, 2009 after their car veered off a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest, CBS News reports. The fatal car crash occurred at mile marker 23 of San Gabriel Canyon Road near Highway 39 as a Ford Mustang went off the rural road and over a cliff. Two other occupants in the car suffered moderate injuries and apparently had to be rescued. The injured victims were transported to an area hospital.

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