More than 100 traffic accidents were reported just overnight on Wednesday to Thursday morning and more are expected with heavier rain on the way, according to a news report on CBS Los Angeles. Beach communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties were getting ready to handle the flooding and California Highway Patrol officials closed a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu as a precaution since it is prone to landslides. Officials also warn that
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Erik Ortiz Valencia, 29, of Irvine, was killed and seven others were injured in a Laguna Beach car accident involving four vehicles. According to a report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of January 26, 2014 on Pacific Coast Highway at Irvine Cove Drive. Police say the driver of a Honda was headed north on Coast Highway when he was involved in a collision with three other cars. Ortiz was a passenger in the Honda. The driver, a 27-year-old Mission Viejo man, was injured, but is expected to survive. Police suspect alcohol or drugs were involved.
A San Diego traffic court official dismissed 44-year-old Cecilia Abadie's citation for using her Google Glass device while allegedly speeding on a local freeway. According to a 10News report, Abadie was not actively using the prototype eyeglass-style wearable computer when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped her for allegedly speeding on the 15 Freeway near Aero Drive on October 29, 2013. Her speeding ticket was also dismissed due to lack of evidence.
Jungil Lee, 82, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident after a vehicle struck him near a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Garfield Avenue near Persimmon Street the evening of December 18, 2013. Lee was apparently found on the roadway by officials. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe that an Infiniti G35 was traveling west on Garfield when it hit Lee. The driver was interviewed by investigators and released. No arrests or citations were reported.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jungil Lee 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.
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.
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.
A veteran UPS employee is a hero after he pulled out a female passenger from a burning car following a collision in Riverside County. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the incident occurred the morning of September 6, 2013 on Highway 60 west of Pedley Road in Jurupa Valley. California Highway Patrol officials said a 29-year-old Riverside woman was driving a Lexus east on the 60 when a 44-year-old man driving a Dodge pickup slowed or stopped in the number one lane. The Dodge burst into flames when the Lexus hit it.
Two women were injured in a Costa Mesa car accident after two vehicles collided at a busy intersection the morning of August 6, 2013. The Daily Pilot reports that the incident occurred at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Sunflower Avenue. Police say a white Ford Explorer SUV ran a red light broadsided an Infiniti G35 sedan at the intersection. The SUV was eastbound on Sunflower and collided with the sedan as it proceeded north on Harbor through the intersection as the signal turned green.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis was hospitalized with injuries after a major car accident in Venice. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the "NCIS" star, was injured after the black Yukon SUV in which she was traveling crashed with a BMW at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Rose Avenue the night of August 1, 2013. Curtis's injuries are not believed to be life threatening. However, another person who was driving the SUV suffered serious injuries and was transported to the emergency room. The investigation is ongoing.
A woman, identified as 34-year-old Karina Preza, was ejected from her car and suffered life-threatening injuries after a crash with a police cruiser in Hawthorne. KABC News reports that the incident occurred early morning on July 24, 2013 at the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Fonthill Avenue. California Highway Patrol officials say the Honda Accord driven by Preza, pulled out from an alley in front of the Hawthorne police car prior to the crash. Officials say the patrol car was traveling eastbound on El Segundo Boulevard and was responding to a call. But it is not known if the cruiser had its lights and sirens on.
A 4-year-old girl was killed and five others were injured in a four-vehicle crash in Azusa. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal collision occurred the night of July 15, 2013 at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Gladstone Street. Police say the crash involved a Lexus sedan, a Nissan car, a Toyota pickup truck and a Foothill Transit bus. The girl was reportedly traveling in a sedan. She was found to be unresponsive and not breathing.
Two people were killed and four others were injured after an out-of-control pickup truck crashed into three people waiting at a bus stop in Northridge. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the crash occurred the night of July 3, 2013 in the 8300 block of Tampa Avenue near Roscoe Boulevard. Police say a blue pickup trick driven by 24-year-old Pablo Castaneda and a white sedan were speeding when the truck spun out of control, hit three women including 19-year-old Jasmine Dubon, who was waiting at a bus stop.
A total of six people ranging in age from 22 to 80 years of age were transported to trauma centers. Both Castaneda and Dubon died from their injuries. Two other women who were struck on the sidewalk and the male drivers of the sedan and minivan were all in critical condition. Police believe the accident resulted from road rage or racing. Officials say the drivers were going up to 90 mph.
Eight people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after an SUV crashed into a drugstore in downtown Los Angeles. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the injury crash occurred the afternoon of June 28, 2013 when a Chevrolet Suburban collided with another car and went into reverse into the Rite Aid store at Broadway and 5th Street. Fire Department officials said eight people were examined at the scene. Four were taken to the hospital, including two said to be in critical condition. The motorist was cited for driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.