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Three people were injured in a car accident in Tarzana, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the crash occurred the afternoon of March 5, 2017 near North Yolanda Avenue and Clark Street. Police said a blue Honda Civic was traveling west on Clark Street at 50 mph in a 25-mph zone. The car struck several parked vehicles and a total of three people including two pedestrians and a woman in her car.

All three victims were transported to a local hospital. One person was listed in critical condition while the other two suffered serious injuries. Police said all three are expected to survive. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. As the police escorted the man to a patrol car, he apparently looked at TV cameras recording the accident scene and told them to “Make it go viral.” The driver reportedly refused to submit to tests to determine his blood alcohol concentration.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the three victims of this DUI crash who have suffered severe injuries. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery. Continue reading →

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A police officer who was seriously injured when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver is facing a long road to recovery, The Orange County Register reports. Officer Sharif Muzayen was on a call in a residential area of Orange when a woman suspected of driving under the influence crashed into him as he stood behind his police cruiser. Muzayen suffered severe injuries below the waist and remains in intensive care. Officials say he has a very long road ahead of him.

The driver, 27-year-old Ashley Victoria Bertolino, has been charged with felony counts of driving under influence causing injury. She also faces a charge of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more causing bodily injury. Police say Bertolino drifted toward the curb and crashed into the officer. She is accused of having a BAC of 0.13 percent and being under the influence of drugs while going 40 mph in a 25-mph zone.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the severely injured officer and his family members. We hope his injuries are not catastrophic and that he will make a complete recovery despite having a long road to recovery. Continue reading →

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Prosecutors filed criminal charges against an alleged drunk driver who caused a three-vehicle crash injuring 10 people including a toddler. According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 26-year-old Robert Anthony Lopez was charged with three counts of fleeing a police officer’s motor vehicle causing serious bodily injury, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense, driving with blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher and driving with a suspended license.

The crash took place the night of July 18, 2016 in the unincorporated community of Valinda in Los Angeles County. California Highway Patrol officers said Lopez was driving an Acura above the speed limit and didn’t stop at a stop sign. Police tried to pull him over, but he didn’t stop and accelerated. As Lopez’s Acura traveled west on Francisquito Avenue, it ran a stop sign and struck a Nissan Maxima traveling north on Walnut Avenue. The Nissan in turn hit a Ford Expedition SUV. The Nissan’s driver was injured along with her two daughters, 7 and 19 months old. The driver and five passengers in the Expedition were also injured.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this crash. We hope none of the injuries were serious and wish the victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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A man was killed in a horrific hit-and-run crash in Oceanside, which involved a driver who police say was under the influence. According to a news report on NBC San Diego, the crash occurred in the early morning on June 27, 2016 in the 4000 block of Mission Avenue. Witnesses said a man who was walking on the sidewalk was struck by the car, which officials later determined was being driven by 29-year-old Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga.

Police said because of how fast Izazaga was driving, the victim flew into the windshield head down coming to rest on the front passenger seat. The man’s leg detached from his body and flew through the back window landing on the truck of the car. Izazaga continued driving for about a mile. She then parked the vehicle and walked away before officers arrived at the scene. Shortly after she abandoned her car, her boyfriend called the police and reported the incident. She was arrested and charged with felony DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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A 15-year-old skateboarder was critically injured in an Orange car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected DUI driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the teenager was crossing North Wanda Road just north of Katella Avenue the afternoon of May 6, 2016 when a Chevy van, traveling south struck him.

The skateboarder was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The man driving the van, Frederick Ulloa, 28, stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Anyone who saw witnessed this major injury crash is asked to contact the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7342.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured teen and his family members. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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Two teen pedestrians, both males, suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident in Adelanto, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the incident occurred the afternoon of February 28, 2016 at the intersection of Highway 395 and Chamberlaine Way.

Officials are still looking into how the crash occurred, but say one of the two teen pedestrians suffered life threatening injuries. Both pedestrians were transported to area trauma centers for treatment, while two others were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Officials are still looking into whether the teens were in a crosswalk at the time. One of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the severely injured pedestrians and others who were hurt. We wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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A woman was killed in a pedestrian accident in Rowland Heights, which officials say, involved a driver who was high on drugs. According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal accident occurred the night of February 16, 2016 on Batson Avenue just south of Colima Road. Officials said the driver, 23-year-old Yussef Hadi Afra, was driving a 2015 Honda Civic north on Batson Avenue. The woman was crossing west on the roadway.

The Honda struck the woman who was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition She died shortly afterward. Afra was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Officials did not say what type of drugs he was suspected of using. The investigation is ongoing. The woman’s name was not released.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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Three men were injured, one critically, in a suspected DUI crash in Orange. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred the night of February 2, 2016 at the intersection of East Chapman Avenue and South Rancho Santiago Boulevard. Police say 23-year-old Tyler Williams of Anaheim was driving a pickup truck while intoxicated when he slammed into the back of a vehicle stopped in front of him at a red light.

Three vehicles were involved in the incident with three men injured. Emergency personnel extricated two from their vehicles. Both were trauma patients, but one was in critical condition. The third man suffered relatively minor injuries. Police determined Williams was at fault for the crash and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this DUI collision. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery. Continue reading →

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DUI AccidentTwo men were injured, one critically, in a car crash in Industry the night of December 27, 2015.

According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Giano Avenue.

Police said one man suffered a possible torn aorta and had to undergo surgery.

The man suspected of driving under the influence was also seriously Continue reading →

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DUI AccidentTwo men traveling in a golf cart were killed after a driver, who officials say was under the influence, rear-ended them.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal DUI crash occurred the afternoon of November 18, 2015 at the intersection of Desert Moon and Colonial drives in the Tri-Palm Estates community.

California Highway Patrol officials say 32-year-old Angela Lavanty was driving her 2006 Mercedes ML350 SUV north on Desert Moon Drive and pulled directly behind Continue reading →

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