Garrett Bowman, 20, was killed in a San Diego car accident after a car turned left in front of him at a Rancho Penasquitos intersection, 10 news reports. Bowman was riding a motorcycle south on Black Mountain Road the evening of October 23, 2009 when a car headed north turned left on to Defreitas Avenue in front of him. Bowman was transported to a local hospital and had to undergo surgery, but died early morning on October 24. The driver of the car escaped with minor injuries, San Diego police said.
Several people may have been injured in a Riverside car accident after a bus crashed into several vehicles on the 215 Freeway near Iowa Avenue the evening of October 24, 2009. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the bus struck several vehicles and one of them reportedly caught fire. It is not clear who or how many people were injured in this collision.
Robert K. Hamilton Jr., 37, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident the morning of October 25, 2009, The Press Enterprise reports. Hamilton and 32-year-old Rick Batiste were in a Chevy Monte Carlo heading north on Jonathan Street in Adelanto when the vehicle went out of control, flipped and landed on its roof. Batiste managed to get out of the vehicle before it caught fire. However, Hamilton did not make it and died as the fire spread quickly through the inside of the vehicle.
Randy Vargas, 12, was killed in a Riverside car accident after he was struck by a pickup truck the evening of October 26, 2009. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Randy was hit by a white Toyota pickup truck while riding his bicycle along the 27400 block of Jarvis Street, between Perris and Lake Elsinore. California Highway Patrol officials said the boy was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center in San Bernardino County. Randy Vargas died the morning of October 27, San Bernardino Coroner's officials said.
California personal injury accidents can be devastating. A car accident can have a dramatic impact on your health, and earning potential. As a previous victim of a car accident I know how difficult and overwhelming it can be.
Roy Claxton, 79, was killed in a San Francisco car accident after his vehicle was struck head-on by a motor home, Bay City News reports. Claxton was heading south on Highway 1 in a 2004 Lexus and near Fort Ross State Historic Park the morning of October 25, 2006 when a 1996 Pace Arrow motor home hit the car. California Highway Patrol officials said the Lexus then slid off the roadway down an embankment. Claxton died at the scene and his 74-year-old wife, Muriel Claxton, sustained minor injuries. The driver of the motor home, 63-year-old Ellis Patterson, apparently told officials that his vehicle's brakes failed. Patterson was uninjured. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in this crash.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Roy Claxton. I particularly sympathize with Muriel Claxton, who was also injured in the accident and witnessed her husband's demise. Please keep Muriel Claxton and her family in your prayers.
Alyson Snow, 20, was killed in a San Francisco car accident after her car was hit by a driver who officials say was involved in a street race. The fatal car accident occurred the night of October 22, 2009 on a San Jose road when Manual Pourmand and Joseph Inocencio were racing each other. One of the men apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into Snow, pushing her car into a tree. Snow died moments after the collision. Police say the suspects did not even know each other and only made contact at a street intersection when one challenged another to a speed contest.
A 70-year-old woman in a wheelchair was injured in a San Diego car accident the afternoon of October 16, 2009 after she was hit by a speeding car, CBS News reports. The woman was apparently in an unmarked crosswalk in the 2300 block of Sixth Avenue near Balboa Park when the vehicle struck her. San Diego police officials said no alcohol or drugs were involved, but speed was a factor in the pedestrian-car crash. It's not clear whether the 55-year-old male driver was cited or arrested. The woman was taken to a San Diego hospital with a broken hip and other possible injuries.
A parking enforcement officer was seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident the morning of October 16, 2009. San Francisco police said that the parking official was struck by a vehicle in the area of Third and Mission streets. The individual, who has not yet been identified, was hospitalized with injuries. The driver of the vehicle that hit and injured the official did not stop. Investigators are treating this as a hit-and-run car accident.
A recent car accident in Riverside has critically injured a teenage girl as she was hit by a speeding driver near a street intersection. According to a CBS News report, the 17-year-old had been involved in fender-bender type collision the night of October 15, 2009, at the intersection of El Sobrante Road and Circle City Drive in Corona, California and had stepped out of her car to exchange insurance details with the other driver. Corona police say at this time a 1987 white Mercedes sedan raced through the intersection and struck the parked cars. The teen, who has not been identified, was trapped between the cars and sustained major injuries. The impact apparently severed one of her legs.
There are many obstacles to overcome when dealing with an insurance company. Many accident victims hire a California car accident lawyer to ensure they receive just compensation. Insurance companies hire adjusters, which are trained to hold back every last penny possibly. They are well trained and often receive their bonus based on how much money they are able to with hold.
Friends and family of 25-year-old Devin Petelski, who was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after her car collided with an LAPD patrol car, are questioning the actions of police, paramedics and the accident investigation. According to a KPCC news report, the accident occurred on October 16, 2009. Petelski was driving home from the treatment center where she worked as a substance abuse counselor. She apparently stopped her BMW at the Glyndon Avenue stop sign , then pulled into the intersection to turn right onto Venice Boulevard when she collided with the police car. Petelski died on October 18 after she was taken off life support. One LAPD officer suffered a broken right hand and a cut to his left arm and the other officer suffered cuts and bruises.
Laura Hanson, 49, was killed in a Ventura car accident the morning of October 19, 2009 on Highway 33, the Ventura County Star reports. Her 8-year-old son, who was a passenger, sustained injuries that appeared to be minor, California Highway Patrol officials said. Hanson was driving south on the highway when her SUV began to fishtail and crashed off the freeway south of Nye Road. The SUV then rolled down a wooded embankment and hit a tree. Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene and her son, whose name was not released, was transported to an area hospital. Both Hanson and her son were wearing seatbelts. Investigators say Hanson was driving out of the Edison Drive curve at 35 to 40 mph when she crashed. The highway was also wet at the time, officials said.
Two children ages 6 and 10 have suffered critical injuries as a result of a Los Angeles car accident after their vehicle was struck by an SUV at a Bellflower intersection. According to an Associated Press news report, the SUV was stolen in Torrance and the driver refused to stop at a sobriety checkpoint in Long Beach the morning of October 18, 2009.