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.
It is not clear how many were injured in a Los Angeles car accident early morning September 14, 2009, that was apparently caused by a police officer in Torrance, California. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the police officer, who was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard in a Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle, ran a red light and collided with a Ford Ranger pickup truck traveling west on Carson Street. The pickup truck in turn struck a car going south on Hawthorne, Torrance police said. Officials say no serious injuries were reported and admit that the car accident was their officer's fault. The Redondo Beach Police Department is investigating the car collision. Torrance Police Department will also conduct their own internal review.
Two children were injured in a San Bernardino car accident the morning of September 16, 2009 after they were struck by a car while crossing the street on their way to school. According to a news report in the San Bernardino County Sun, an 8-year-old girl is on life support after having suffered critical injuries. Another girl, also 8, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. The car accident occurred near the corner of Walnut and Riverside avenues in Rialto, California. Police say there was no crosswalk in the area, but that the children were "well across the roadway" when they were struck. The driver of the car that hit the girls has not been cited or arrested pending an investigation.
Gerardo Perez, 32, suffered severe leg injuries in a San Diego car accident after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver near State Route 163 the morning of September 15, 2009. According to a 10news report, Perez was driving south on the highway when his 2000 Toyota Corolla came to a stop in the right-most lane. California Highway Patrol officials said Perez was pushing his vehicle onto the shoulder when he and his car were hit by a 1988 Honda Accord driven by 39-year-old Charlene June Festa. She was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common accidents that can lead to severe personal injuries and even death. In 2006, Ed Solomon was at his local supermarket when he had a slip and fall accident. Even after visiting the emergency room and being put on painkillers, Ed wasn't sure what his options were.
One person was injured in an Orange County car accident after his vehicle was struck by another car at a street intersection in Santa Ana, California. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the accident occurred the morning of September 11, 2009 at the intersection of Bear Street and Segerstrom Avenue. Santa Ana police say a silver Dodge minivan going north on Bear collided with a white Oldsmobile that was headed east on Segerstrom. The minivan rolled on its side, trapping the 59-year-old driver and his 17-year old passenger inside. The driver of the Oldsmobile fled the scene of the accident on foot. The 59-year-old man complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital. The teen was not injured.
Eight people, including two Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies, were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving six vehicles outside the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California. According to a CBS New report, two sheriff's deputies in a patrol car were heading south on White Avenue the morning of September 12, 2009 when their car collided with a red Honda Civic traveling in the same direction. The patrol car then veered into stopped vehicles waiting to enter the fair, Pomona police officials said. The deputies were airlifted to an area hospital. Six other were also taken to local hospitals with injuries.
Ricardo Marin, 14, was killed in a San Bernardino car accidentafter he was struck by a car while crossing a street. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Ricardo was hit the night of September 9, 2009 by a 1994 Toyota that was headed south on Cedar Avenue near Rialto Avenue in Rialto, California. Ricardo was taken to an area hospital where he died shortly after the accident. Rialto police officials say their preliminary investigation has determined that Ricardo was riding his skateboard across Cedar Avenue at the time of the accident.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of young Ricardo Marin for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this boy. Please keep them in your prayers.
A man in his 80s was injured in an Orange County car accident after he was struck by a car while crossing Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, California. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a black Acura hit the man the night of September 9, 2009 after he was half way across Brookhurst and near Ball Road. There was no crosswalk where the man was walking. He was taken to an area hospital with injuries.
My heart goes out to this injured victim. I hope he did not suffer critical injuries in this Anaheim car accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Tyler Carmanati, 20, and Zachary Wilson, 21, sustained injuries in a California car accident the morning of September 6, 2007, which San Luis Obispo police say was caused by a drunk driver. According to a news article in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, 26-year-old Ian James Michaelson is accused of crashing his car into another car occupied by Carmanati and Wilson. Michaelson was headed north on California Boulevard and apparently, speeding, when the crash occurred.
Michaelson's tires left skid marks that measured more than 90 feet to the point he crashed into the rear of the other car. Michaelson also left the scene of the accident, but police caught up with him and arrested him. He has been charged with drunk driving and felony hit-and-run.