A motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident after he was rear-ended by a van at a city intersection. According to a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the officer who was traveling north on Seventh Street, stopped at a green light the morning of October 6, 2009 to let an ambulance traveling through the intersection on Howard Street cross in front of him. The driver of the van that was behind the officer could not stop in time and collided with the motorcycle. San Francisco police said the skid marks stretched at least 20 feet along the road.
The worst day of Alexis Bennett's life was when she got in an Orange County car accident. In September 2007, she was crossing an intersection when a car struck her from out of nowhere. Already seriously injured, she was also gripped with additional anxiety over what she was supposed to do next.
Three people were hospitalized with injuries in an October 6, 2009 Riverside car accident after two vehicles went off the right side of the 10 Freeway and crashed. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the accident occurred on the 10 East near Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City. California Highway Patrol officers say they don't know if the two vehicles collided. One car overturned a few yards from the roadway and the other went down and back up an embankment at a high rate of speed and flew over a fence before coming to a stop. The driver of the vehicle that rolled over was ejected. A passenger in that vehicle suffered back injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured. All three were taken to an area hospital.
Four people suffered critical injuries in a Los Angeles car accident the morning of October 4, 2009 after their Toyota sedan plunged off the 605 Freeway in Long Beach and landed on its roof. According to a news report in the Long Beach Press Telegram, the single-vehicle car crash occurred on the 605 Freeway near Carson Street. Long Beach firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the trapped victims. The four victims were between the ages of 20 and 40 and were all transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Bradley Wilson, 37, was killed in an Orange County motorcycle accident after he lost control of his motorcycle, struck a parked vehicle and crashed. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2009 near the intersection of Del Obispo Street and Village Road in Dana Point, California as Wilson was traveling north on Del Obispo. Orange County Sheriff's investigators say they are looking into why Wilson lost control of his motorcycle. Wilson died of blunt force trauma and other injuries.
Antonio Gaspar, 38, died of serious personal injury after the bin of a dump truck he had driven to the Miramar Landfill in San Diego fell on him crushing him against the frame of the vehicle. According to a 10news report, Gaspar suffered fatal injuries at the waste processing yard in the 5100 block of Convoy Street the morning of September 29, 2009. Gaspar had just dumped his load of refuse from the modified Dodge 3500 truck when the mechanism used to tilt the rear bin got stuck. Gaspar worked under the container and tried to fix the problem, when the bin suddenly fell on top of him. Many of the landfill workers nearby, apparently managed to lift the bin off Gaspar, but were unsuccessful when they tried to resuscitate him.
Alex Arranaga, a 5-year-old boy, died recently from the injuries that he had sustained in a September 22, 2009 California car accident after he was struck by a car while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk on a bicycle. The tragic accident occurred as Alex, along with another 10-year-old boy, was attempting to cross Pacheco Boulevard in Los Banos, California, the Enterprise reports. The boys were on the bicycle and crossing the street when a motorist, who did not see the light turn red, struck the boys in the crosswalk. The 10-year-old was treated at a local hospital and released, but Alex died from his injuries. Police said drugs or alcohol were not involved. The 60-year-old driver was not cited or arrested pending an investigation.
Cynthia Dempsey, 44, was seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident after her pickup truck was struck by a California Highway Patrol car the evening of September 26, 2009. According to a CBS News report, Dempsey suffered major facial injuries in the crash, which occurred, when CHP officers, 25-year-old Blair Hardcastle, and trainee Erik Epting, 19, were responding to a report of a gang fight. The patrol car's lights were flashing and siren was activated as it drove at 70 mph in the number one lane of Highway 12 just east of Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, California.
A Rialto police officer suffered serious injuries in a San Bernardino car accident when a suspected drunk driver struck the officer's motorcycle. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of September 28, 2009 at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Merrill Street in Rialto, California. Police said Joel Hill, 63, the driver of a Ford Tempo and the officer were both headed south on Riverside Avenue before their vehicles collided. A preliminary investigation showed that Hill was not speeding and did not run a red light, but he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Hill was not injured in the crash.
A pedestrian was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the night of September 26, 2009 when a driver who was fleeing from California Highway Patrol officials struck and killed the man. According to an Associated Press news report, the victim who has not been identified yet, was in a crosswalk on Ventura Boulevard in the Woodland Hills area when he was hit by 26-year-old Hector Vidal who was being pursued by CHP officers. Vidal reportedly, at one point during the pursuit, also traded gunfire with police. The victim died at the scene. Vidal was eventually arrested after rear-ending an SUV.
Two people suffered critical injuries in a San Bernardino car accident the evening of September 24, 2009, after two cars collided head-on in Ontario, California. According to a news report in the San Bernardino Sun, a driver was speeding south on Vine Avenue and collided head-on into another vehicle. The impact caused the speeding vehicle to roll over. Three of its occupants were ejected onto the roadway. Ontario police say alcohol may have played a part in this car accident. The speeding motorist may have also turned off the car's headlights right before the car collision, police said. At least one person in the other vehicle was injured.
Aaron Dineen, 22, an Orange County worker, was killed after he suffered serious personal injury when he touched a live wire while working on a power pole in San Clemente, California. Dineen was electrocuted near El Camino Real and Avenida Valencia, according to a news report in The Orange County Register. Dineen, a contractor for a utility company, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident the afternoon of September 22, 2009. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, a witness was already performing CPR on Dineen. Paramedics were able to get an abnormal heart beat from Dineen, but they could not feel his pulse.
Donna Louise Fatheree, 46, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident September 21, 2009, after she struck a car whose driver was attempting to make a left turn at an intersection. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, Fatheree was driving a 1994 Dodge van east on Highway 18 in Apple Valley, California, when she entered the intersection of Highway 18 and Flathead Road and crashed into a Chevy Avalanche that was going west on Highway 18. The driver of the Avalanche was apparently trying to turn left onto Flathead at the time, San Bernardino Sheriff's officials said.
A woman died in a Riverside car accident the morning of September 21, 2009 after she was struck by four vehicles as she crossed a freeway off-ramp in Corona, California. According to a CBS news report, the woman, who has not yet been identified, was first struck by a Honda Civic driven by 23-year-old Pedro Vargas who was exiting the 15 Freeway at El Cerrito Road. Vargas told California Highway Patrol officials that he tried to avoid the pedestrian, but couldn't. The woman was hit by the left front fender.
Juan Gonzalez, 26, was killed and another woman was injured in a Los Angeles car accident the morning of September 20, 2009, the Pasadena Star News reports. The car crash occurred on the eastbound 210 Freeway at Citrus Avenue in Azusa, California Highway Patrol officials said. They are still investigating why the Ford Mustang, which was in the carpool lane, suddenly swerved toward the right shoulder. Officials say Gonzalez, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the Mustang, which then rolled on top of him. The woman sustained injuries but is said to be in stable condition.