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A 15-year-old pedestrian and a school bus driver were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say, was caused by a driver attempting to evade authorities. According to a report in The Pasadena Star-News, the car accident occurred at Marengo Avenue and Front Street in Alhambra the afternoon of December 9, 2010. The driver of a 2001 Mercedes-Benz was attempting to flee from the police when he crashed into a school bus, a telephone pole and a parked car. A teenage pedestrian who was near the parked car was injured. The bus driver sustained minor injuries and the two students on the bus were unhurt. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the two victims who were injured in this car accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery. It is indeed fortunate that no one was killed in this accident.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were killed and 40 were injured in Alhambra pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries reported involving Los Angeles County pedestrian accidents.

What Caused This Dangerous Car Accident?

The vehicle that crashed into the bus and the parked car was attempting to avoid the police. If the news account is accurate, the police attempted to pull him over initially for speeding and driving recklessly.
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Ricardo Alpizar, 20, was injured in a Santa Barbara car accident, which police say, was caused by a motorist driving under the influence of drugs. According to KEYT, the bicycle accident occurred on Via Real, near Sandpiper Road in Carpinteria, the afternoon of December 9, 2010. Alpizar was on his bike when a white Volvo went off the road and hit him. The bicyclist suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver, Dean McAllister, 52, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.

My thoughts and prayers are with Ricardo Alpizar and his family for what they are going through at this time. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight people were injured in DUI collisions in Carpinteria. In Santa Barbara County as a whole, there were 19 fatalities and 287 injuries reported as a result of alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.

Drunk Driving Law

Police believe the driver of the Volvo was under the influence of drugs when the vehicle veered off the roadway and struck the bicyclist. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The same section also states that it is illegal for any motorist to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
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Five people were injured in a major Riverside car accident that may have been caused by one of the drivers failing to yield right-of-way. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the injury car accident occurred at the intersection of Pierson Boulevard and Highway 62 in Desert Hot Springs the night of December 12, 2010. Police report Rigoberko Landeros, 73, who was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram, failed to yield right-of- way to 20-year-old Joseph Michael Schabow Jr., who was driving a Toyota Tacoma. The two vehicles collided and five people suffered injuries. One person was critically injured, three sustained moderate injuries and one person suffered relatively minor injuries.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone injured in this Riverside car accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery from their injuries.

Riverside Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and seven were injured in Desert Hot Springs car accidents. In Riverside County as a whole, 220 deaths and 8,561 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.

Right-of-Way Issues

At this intersection, which is apparently monitored by stop signs, drivers on Pierson must stop and yield the right-of-way to motorists on Highway 62. California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution.
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A 57-year-old Clovis man was killed in a Fresno area car accident, which police say, was caused by an intoxicated driver. According to a news report in The Fresno Bee, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the morning of December 12, 2010 on Highway 41 in Madera County. Authorities say Bruce David Faux, 49, crashed his Toyota Sienna head-on into a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle when he tried to pass a vehicle on the highway. The rider and his passenger, 53-year-old Wilma Tucker, were ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was killed in the accident, while Tucker sustained major injuries and Faux suffered minor injuries. Faux has been arrested on suspicion of second degree murder, felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this tragic motorcycle accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with Wilma Tucker as she heals from her serious injuries.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), six people were killed and 76 injured in DUI collisions in the unincorporated areas of Madera County. Also, countywide, nine fatalities and 103 injuries were reported due to alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.
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Three occupants of a Honda were killed and a six-year-old boy injured in a Los Angeles car accident that was caused by a suspected hit-and-run driver. According to CBS Los Angeles, the fatal hit-and-run car accident occurred at an intersection in Vernon the night of December 10, 2010. The Honda was crossing the intersection of Alameda Street and Vernon Avenue when it was struck by a Dodge pickup truck. Three people in the Honda were killed. The six-year-old boy, also an occupant of the Honda, has been hospitalized with injuries that are described as not life-threatening. The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene, but was arrested shortly afterward.

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My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims of this tragic hit-and-run car accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with the young victim as he heals from his injuries.
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Jay Winters, 28, was killed in an Orange County car accident after he lost control of his car and crashed into a bridge pillar. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car accident occurred on southbound 241 near Bee Canyon the morning of December 6, 2010. Winters crashed his 2010 Chevrolet truck into a concrete pillar. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the cause of the fatal accident.
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One person was seriously injured in an Orange County car accident involving two vehicles. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury car accident occurred the morning of December 7, 2010 when a Chevrolet Impala and a Nissan Altima collided at the intersection of South Harbor Boulevard and Orangefair Mall. Firefighters had to extricate a passenger in the Nissan. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Both drivers were uninjured. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of this car accident.
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A woman is in critical condition following an Orange County car accident that occurred at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the serious injury car accident occurred at the intersection of Beach and Garden Grove boulevards in Stanton the morning of December 8, 2010. A Jeep, a Honda Odyssey and a GMC SUV were all involved in the accident. The 20-year-old woman sustained critical injuries when she was ejected from the Jeep in which she was traveling and then trapped underneath the vehicle. Bystanders who witnessed the accident rushed over to lift the Jeep and free the injured victim. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.
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Charles Curtis Robinson, 35, was killed in a San Bernardino motorcycle accident, which police say, was caused by a driver making an unsafe left turn. According to the San Bernardino Coroner, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred near Roy Rogers and Civic drives in Victorville the morning of December 7, 2010. Robinson was riding a Honda CBR 1000, when the driver of a Toyota attempted a left turn ahead of the motorcyclist, onto westbound Roy Rogers Drive from the driveway of a shopping center. Robinson was thrown off the motorcycle and died at the scene of the car accident.
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Two people were injured in an Orange County car accident that occurred at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury car accident occurred at the intersection of Cerritos Avenue and Garza Street in Anaheim the morning of December 7, 2010. The two-car accident involved a Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Tahoe. The drivers of both vehicles were hospitalized for their injuries. The extent of the injuries sustained is not known at this time. An investigation is ongoing.
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