Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash in Hawthorne that left one man dead and another critically injured the night of April 13, 2014. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, police say a car full of good Samaritans pulled over to help a driver who crashed into a parked car in the 12100 block of Prairie Avenue.
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Police in the cities of Orange and San Clemente are asking for the public's help in identifying hit-and-run drivers in two separate incidents.
The first one occurred the night of March 15, 2014 at Prospect Street and Craig Avenue in Orange when a woman was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street.
That vehicle is described as a white 2000 or 2002 Acura, Toyota or similar four-door sedan.
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A Huntington Beach family is asking for the public's help to find the hit-and-run driver who seriously injured 17-year-old Stephen Cureton.
According to a news report in the Huntington Beach Independent, Cureton was riding his skateboard at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Yorktown Avenue the night of February 10, 2014 when a black sports car, possibly a Chevrolet Corvette, struck him. Cureton is in stable condition and is expected to survive.
His family is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can help identify the driver of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-960-8811.
Qingrong Chai, 69, was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Rosemead just before she was about to celebrate her 70th birthday. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred the evening of December 29, 2013 at the intersection of Greendale and Marshall avenues. A vehicle struck Chai, knocking her off her feet into opposing lanes of traffic.
One person was injured in a San Bernardino hit-and-run collision the morning of December 12, 2013. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury crash occurred on the northbound Interstate 15, north of Kenwood Avenue. California Highway Patrol officials say a Hyundai Elantra swerved into an adjoining lane of northbound traffic and was struck in the rear by a northbound Toyota Tacoma. The driver of the Tacoma complained of chest and back pain.
However, the driver of the Elantra, who apparently caused the crash, took off. He was spotted leaving the scene of the crash by an investigator with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office. The investigator stopped the vehicle. CHP officers, who investigated, later determined that the driver of the Elantra was under the influence of a controlled substance. The female driver, Shelley Valadez, 57, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence.
Two people suffered major injuries in a Moreno Valley crash involving a hit-and-run driver, CBS Los Angeles reports. According to California Highway Patrol officials, the incident occurred the morning of November 16, 2013 on the 60 Freeway near the Town Circle Mall. Officials say a Ford Explorer SUV was rear-ended by another vehicle.
The SUV went out of control, flipped over and rolled down an embankment, crashing through a chain link fence and into a tree. The driver of the SUV, 39-year-old Rafael Villareal Pasillas, and one of his two passengers sustained major injuries. The driver of the vehicle that caused the collision fled the scene. It is not known if the other passenger in the SUV was injured. The investigation is still ongoing.
A big-rig driver was arrested after a hit-and-run collision in Whittier, which left one man seriously injured. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the collision occurred early morning on November 11, 2013 in the unincorporated county area near Whittier. California Highway Patrol officials say the truck was traveling south on the 605 Freeway to Washington Boulevard westbound. The truck driver, officials say, ran through the stop signs at the end of the off-ramp and made an illegal left turn directly into the path of a Chevrolet heading west on Washington.
The Chevrolet's driver was unable to avoid a collision and crashed into the left side of the big rig's trailer. The man suffered major injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The truck fled the scene. The 64-year-old Garden Grove man who was driving the truck was later detained and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials. The victim's current condition is not known.
Sandra Ceballos, 38, was killed and her friend was injured after a driver crashed into them at a street intersection in La Habra. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal accident occurred near Rigby Street and Whittier Boulevard just before 9 p.m. on October 25, 2013. The black Cadillac that hit them left the scene. Ceballos died from her injuries and her friend was injured. The women had just bought beer and were headed home when the vehicle hit them. The impact of the crash was so great that the women were sent flying about 50 feet, officials said. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Caroline Kim was later arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. The investigation is still ongoing.
A 33-year-old man was killed in a Venice car accident after a driver struck him in a marked crosswalk. According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred around midnight on September 20, 2013 at the intersection of Lincoln and Venice boulevards. Officials say that the man, a Santa Monica resident, was in a marked crosswalk, but was crossing against a traffic signal. The driver was traveling west on Venice when the collision occurred. The driver left the scene, but was later arrested and identified as 33-year-old Kara Keihle of Venice. She has been arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run.
Officials are asking for the public's help in finding a hit-and-run driver who they say fatally struck a pedestrian near the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The fatal crash occurred the night of September 5, 2013 on Doheny Drive just north of Third Street. Officials say a 33-year-old man was walking outside a crosswalk when a vehicle struck him. Witnesses have described the suspect's vehicle as a dark gray or green four-door, hardtop Jeep Wrangler. Anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle is asked to contact the LAPD at 213-473-0234.
Djenaba Michelle Ejukwa-Williams was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after she was struck and killed by a vehicle, which officials say, left the scene of the crash. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred at the intersection of 102nd Street and Central Avenue early morning on August 18, 2013. Police say Ejukwa-Williams was walking in a crosswalk when a Ford Taurus hit her.
A 37-year-old man walking in a marked crosswalk was killed in a hit-and-run crash the morning of August 12, 2013 in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. KABC News reports that the incident occurred in the 4700 block of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 1 a.m. Police say the pedestrian was using the crosswalk to get to his car when an eastbound vehicle struck him.
Alice Gruppioni, 32, a newlywed who was enjoying her honeymoon in California, was killed a car crash August 3, 2013 on the Venice boardwalk. The crash, caused by a transient, identified as 38-year-old Nathan Louis Campbell, also injured 11 others of which five have been released from area hospitals. According to a KABC news report Campbell went around barricades at Dudley Avenue and purposely struck pedestrians on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Campbell then fled the scene in his vehicle. Campbell has been arrested and is facing a murder charge.
Graciela Sanchez, 56, was killed in a car crash in Santa Ana, after a vehicle, which officials say, ran two red lights, struck her at a street intersection. The Orange County Register reports that the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of First and Sullivan streets the morning of June 17, 2013. Police say Sanchez was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a white Volkswagen sedan traveling east on First Street. Sanchez was transported to an area hospital where she died.