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A California Traffic Study finds a Decline in Cell Phone Related Accidents

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Notwithstanding California's cell phone use while driving ban, people are still violating the law

We have seen a lot of debate about the success of California’s controversial ban on the use of cell phones while driving. However, a new study by a state agency confirms that these particular laws have been accountable for decreasing the amount of accidents caused by the use of cellular phones.

According to the report from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the number of traffic accidents involving cell phone use while driving in California dropped by 32% after the laws were implemented. The report says that during the two years following the time when cell phone laws came to be, there were approximately 53 fatalities a result of drivers who had been using cellular phones while driving. In the two years before the law was implemented, greater than 100 fatalities were caused by drivers using cell phones while driving.

The research tracked the success of the cellular phone while driving ban. According to Sen. Joe Simitian, Democrat-Palo Alto, who authored the bill which made it an offense to drive an automobile or other motor vehicle while using a hand-held cellular phone, the state has made substantial progress in reducing the number of motorists who use cellular phones while driving.

Safety agencies such as the Governors Highway Safety Association have much praise for the way California has managed to implement its anti-distracted driving laws. A number of other states have similar laws against the usage of hand-held cell phones while driving. However, in those states, these laws have experienced a limited effect, primarily because of absence of aggressive enforcement.

In California, however, law-enforcement is aggressively enforcing these laws, which means that cell phone use while driving has dropped, although penalties for these particular offenses remain low. The penalty for driving with a hand-held cell phone is $20. This past year, there was an attempt to pass legislation that would increase the fines substantially for using a cellular phone while driving, violations. However, the proposal was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. California Car accident attorneys, and Motorcycle Accident Lawyers such as me have strongly supported any proposal to increase the fines for persons found using a hand-held cell phone while driving.

Progress against distracted driving is going to take years. Sen. Simitian compares California’s war against distracted driving with the war against drunk driving and also the campaign to get additional motorists to buckle up while driving. Progress in these initiatives did not come overnight. After aggressive enforcement, we’re able to see a decrease in cell phone use while driving.

Notwithstanding the State report showing a decrease in cell phone usage, I myself personally see people holding cell phones up to their ears while driving, in violation of the law, all of the time.

It upsets me because I know that these people are not only violating the law, but they are accidents waiting to happen.

It is my practice to subpoena all cell phone records of persons involved in a car, truck, or other motor vehicle accident when I am doing a case against them for one of my personal injury clients. The cops may not have caught you, but I will.

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An incident involving Lindsay Lohan hitting a man with her car could threaten her probation

Lindsay Lohan in Court with her attorney

Lindsay Lohan in Court with her attorney

Lindsay Lohan’s probation may very well be threatened by an accusation that she hit a man with her car outside a Hollywood club early Wednesday morning, if the individual files a police report and she is actually found to have fled the scene.

The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. at a parking lot in the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard, said Officer Norma Eisenman. Lohan was surrounded by paparazzi and was trying to negotiate a U-turn in a parking area when her car allegedly brushed the leg of the man, reportedly a manager in a nearby club.

The actress left the location but Eisenman said the department at this time doesn’t consider it a hit-and-run.

“We aren’t commenting until we’ve gathered all the facts,” Steve Honig, a spokesman for Lohan, said Wednesday.

Legal experts stated that police can only initiate a probe if the victim files a complaint.

“A hit-and-run is a violation of her probation,” they said. “She was ordered to obey all laws. Leaving the scene of an accident is a violation of Vehicle Code section 20002,” they said

According to the LAPD, the guy called police, who took down the information but didn’t make an official report because at that point he wasn’t deemed to be injured.

Officers did not contact Lohan, Eisenman said.

Lohan continues to be on probation since a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. Since that time she has been found guilty of shoplifting and is also currently on probation for both offenses.

The 25-year-old actress has been sent to jail several times for violating the terms of probation. But in the last few months under a strict regime of community service at the morgue and counseling, a judge has praised her behavior and may take her off supervised probation later this month.

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Lawsuit seeks to block New Los Angeles Police Department Unlicensed Driver Policy

city of los angelesA lawsuit has been filed to try and block a new Los Angeles police policy that will let unlicensed drivers, including undocumented immigrants, skirt a mandatory 30-day impound rule after a traffic stop.

A group of civil rights attorneys filed the complaint on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The complaint seeks to block enforcement of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s new policy to prevent “wasteful, unlawful and unconstitutional police policies.”

It names Beck, CHP Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow, the city of Los Angeles and also the state of California.

“The problem with the 30-day impound is it’s enforced against people with basically not much money,” said Donald W. Cook, an attorney who filed the complaint. “It really is a financial racket. It’s a Robin Hood in reverse.

“This isn’t regarding the state’s power to seize and take away from the street cars that cannot be left on the street for just about any number of reasons,” Cook said. “It’s about ability of the owner to obtain the car back less than Thirty days and in many cases immediately.”

Cook and his fellow colleagues have a similar case that’s pending in federal court.

Several cities, including L.A., produced motion recently to have that case dismissed, claiming the issues are already decided by an earlier appellate court ruling.

The judge could rule on the motion any day, Cook said.

No court date in the most recent case has been set.

LAPD spokesman Gus Villanueva said the department had not seen the complaint and could not comment.

The complaint argues the LAPD policy change illegally requires a mandatory 30-day impound of drivers stopped with an expired California driver’s license or even a foreign driving license.

It argues the department unlawfully prevents the owners of vehicles from getting their cars back before 30 days when another driver who is not the owner was to blame for any violation and impound.

The complaint also contends LAPD procedures for notifying vehicle owners of an impound deny alleged violators due process by not notifying them of any hearing date to contest an impound.

The city Police Commission a week ago approved a new policy that allowed offenders who have valid identification, car registration and proof of insurance to avoid a mandatory 30-day impound.

Under the policy, drivers who were at fault in an accident, or had prior convictions for driving unlicensed wouldn’t be eligible for a shortened impound.

Beck, who proposed the policy with the backing of immigrants’ rights groups and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said last week the modification was an attempt to get rid of confusion by officers in the field over two conflicting laws regarding when to impound a car or truck as well as for how long.

He also said the policy discriminated against undocumented immigrants, who are unable to get driver licenses.

Two attorneys behind the lawsuit argued it did not go far enough, saying it does not curtail the high costs of getting a vehicle towed and impounded.

A 30-day impound costs about $1,500, as outlined by attorney Cynthia Anderson-Barker.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing rank-and-file police officers, challenges the plan. The union believes the law encourages more unlicensed drivers to be on the highway and jeopardizes public safety.

The LAPD impounded about 30,000 cars last year. About Eighty-five percent of such were for violations of the state vehicle code that mandates a 30-day impound.

A memo by the state Legislative Council, which provides legal counsel to state legislators, questioned its legality, even though the Los Angeles City Attorney said the law is legally defensible.
Da Steve Cooley sent a letter to the commission stating the plan violates state regulations and would make the city vulnerable to lawsuits.

The polarizing impound policy has taken place within a heated and emotional national debate over immigration.

“What I’m saying really is easy. We all have to cut off the magnets which are drawing individuals to come here illegally,” California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said..

“We must stop rewarding people, giving them free college tuition – Hey incidentally, if you don’t possess a driver’s license we’ll make totally new classification. Hey, when you get your vehicle impounded we’ll clear that with another law.”

Beck acknowledged after the commission’s vote that the debate was “far from over,” but insisted the policy would still crack down on unlicensed drivers who are repeat offenders or cause accidents.

“This isn’t a free ride,” the chief said.

The commission’s vote isn’t automatically susceptible to review by the City Council, but the council could vote to take up the issue.

As a personal injury and car accident attorney who does many cases throughout the City of Los Angeles, and who follows the law, I for one am against the new Los Angeles Police Policy and think that State Law should be followed.

I see many accidents where one of the parties are unlicensed and should not be on the road. Also many hit and run accidents are done by persons with no license or persons whose license has become suspended.

To reward those who don’t follow the law and allow them to skirt the 30 day impound period, at least to me an accident attorney, is a threat to public safety and should not be done.

It is the Law of California that all drivers be licensed. If someone wants to drive without a license and endanger us all, they should be made to pay.

If you or your family have been the victim of a truck crash, car crash, or other motor vehicle accident in Los Angeles or anywhere in California call us for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 x. 1, or go to http://www.thepersonalinjury.com.

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Toyota and Chrysler announce huge vehicle recalls

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Los Angeles – California

Toyota Motor Corp. intends to recall almost 700,000 vehicles as a result of a number of safety issues.

Chrysler Group also announced a big recall.

Toyota said it will recall 495,000 Tacoma trucks from the 2005 to 2009 model years to replace the steering wheel spiral cable assembly.

The automaker has detected friction within the cable assembly that can disconnect the driver’s airbag, preventing deployment in a crash.

Additionally, Toyota will recall 2009 Camry sedans and 2009 to 2011 Venza vehicles to exchange the stop lamp switch. Approximately 70,500 Camrys and 116,000 Venzas are covered by this recall. The Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the United States.

Toyota said that in the installation of the switch at one of its American assembly lines, silicon grease could possibly have reached within the switch and caused a rise in electrical resistance.

“If this occurs, warning lamps on the instrument panel might be illuminated, the vehicle might not start, or even the shift lever might not shift from the ‘park’ position. In some instances, the automobile stop lamps could become inoperative,” the automaker said.

Meanwhile, Chrysler is recalling about 210,000 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles originally in Midwestern and Eastern Seaboard states which use road salt during the winter months. Corrosion issues with rear lower control arms could cause a motorist to lose control of the SUV.

If you or your family have been the victim of a truck crash, car crash, or other motor vehicle accident in Los Angeles or anywhere in California call us for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 x. 1, or go to http://www.thepersonalinjury.com.

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Fleeing hit-run driver injures 5 people, 3 seriously in second crash; Maybe it is time to increase penalties.

Scene of Woodland Hills, CA Accident Caused by Fleeing Hit and Run Driver

Scene of Woodland Hills, CA Accident Caused by Fleeing Hit and Run Driver

WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES – California

A driver fleeing the scene of an accident ended up colliding with two other cars on Ventura Boulevard at Desoto Avenue in Woodland Hills on Saturday.

Police said the driver of a red convertible got into an accident on another portion of Ventura Boulevard. He then took off and continued eastbound, colliding with two other cars that were stopped at a light at Desoto Avenue at around 11:30 a.m.

Five people were injured, three of them critically.

The driver of the car involved in the original hit-and-run accident said the red convertible rear-ended him. He and his daughter were not injured.

This particular accident really hits home for me, because it happened right or I grew up.

I don’t know what’s going on lately but it seems to me that there is a marked increase of hit-and-run drivers, and people fleeing the scene of accidents that their in.

In this particular accident, five people were injured, three critically, because some idiot decided not to stop after they were in accident.

It seems to me if there were mandatory jail sentences for hit-and-run drivers, with sentences being much tougher for hit-and-run drivers, that the word would get out and more people would stop after they’re in a car accident.

Furthermore, I believe that drivers, who were convicted of hit-and-run driving, should lose their driver’s license privileges for the rest of their life. I think maybe with these types of stiff penalties, accidents like this would not happen, and more people would stop rather than flee the scene of an accident.

What do you think?

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Woman Suffers Major Injuries in I-10 Crash into a Construction Crane

Scene of Crane Accident on the I-10 in Cathedral

Scene of Crane Accident on the I-10 in Cathedral City

Cathedral City – California

A woman was seriously hurt when her car crashed into a crane on the eastbound Interstate 10 Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash near Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City caused traffic delays on the freeway.

Three out of four lanes were closed on the I-10 in the area. All lanes were not back open until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to CHP Officer Joe Zagorski, 37-year-old Meadow Sanchez of Beaumont was driving the black 2005 Toyota Prius that crashed into a construction crane just before 6:30 a.m.

Zagorski said the crane operator, 52-year-old John Rogers of Cathedral City, had his crane stationed in the center median, while he was putting steel in place for a construction project at Date Palm Drive.

He said Rogers moved the crane and entered the number one lane of the eastbound I-10.

At that time, the Sanchez’s Prius collided with the back of the crane and overturned, blocking three eastbound lanes.

Zagorski said Sanchez sustained major injures and has been transported to Desert Regional Medical Center.

Rogers, the crane operator, was not injured.

It appears to me that by moving the construction crane from the median, into lane number 1, the crane operator and therefore Caltrans, and the private contractor will most likely be liable for this horrendous accident.

Imagine driving down the freeway and all of a sudden a crane ends up in your lane.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a defective road, negligent construction worker, or another driver in Cathedral City or anywhere in the State of California, you may call us for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 x.1 or check out or website at www.thepersonalinjury.com

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Infant Ejected in Rollover Crash

Scene of Rollover Crash in Phelan, California

Scene of Rollover Crash in Phelan, California

PHELAN – California

A 6-month-old infant who was not strapped into a car seat was thrown from a vehicle Monday morning during a rollover crash, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The baby was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center. No details on the child’s condition were available.

A 13-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl who also weren’t wearing seat belts suffered minor injuries in the crash, as did the female driver of the vehicle. The driver was also taken to Loma Linda hospital for treatment.

At about 7:30 a.m., CHP officials received calls of a rollover on Johnson Road just north of Palmdale Road, according to Officer Matt Hunt.

When they arrived, they found the female driver holding the infant who had been thrown from the 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck, Hunt said. The two older children were also outside of the vehicle.

According to an initial investigation, the 41-year-old woman was driving the truck south along Johnson Road toward Palmdale Road when she said she saw a dog in the road. She swerved to avoid striking the animal, causing the truck to roll over onto its roof.

“As it overturned, the infant was ejected from the vehicle,” Hunt said.

The incident is still under investigation and Hunt said no arrests had been made as of Monday afternoon. However, Hunt reminded drivers that anyone traveling with small children should always use a properly installed car seat and seat belts.

“Not only is it the law but it’s always the safest way to travel,” he said. “Anyone who may have problems with (car seats) can go to any CHP station to have assistance with properly installing them into their vehicle.”

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Hunt in the Victorville CHP office at (760) 241-1186.

This is an example of what I would consider to be endangering children.

There is absolutely no excuse for not having children in your car wearing seatbelts, or not having a 6 month old infant strapped into a proper child seat.

I am sure the mother who was driving the car feels terrible; however, she could have got all 3 of her children killed just because she did not take a little extra time to strap them in with seatbelts and child seats.

Even if you are going just around the corner, make sure your children are properly buckled in.

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5 People are dead so far in Los Angeles County So Far During Labor Day Weekend

California Personal Injury Lawyer Blog NewsA fiery crash on the 110 Freeway and several other traffic accidents have claimed the lives of five people on Los Angeles County streets and highways so far over the Labor Day weekend, authorities said.

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday in a crash on Topanga Canyon Boulevard near the Pacific Coast Highway about 2:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. Investigators were still on the scene, and no further details were available.

Also, a man died early Sunday when he was trapped under a flaming 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo that had been stopped on the shoulder of the southbound 110 Freeway near 52nd Street.

The 2:40 a.m. incident began when the 18-year-old driver of a 2008 Smart car slowed to avoid rear-ending a vehicle directly ahead, swerved onto the right shoulder and struck the Monte Carlo. Both vehicles burst into flames.

The Monte Carlo rolled over and fatally injured one of three men who had been standing near the car after it had broken down, the CHP reported. Two other victims were taken to hospitals, one in critical condition and one with lesser injuries.

The driver of the Smart car sustained scrapes and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and driving under the influence, the CHP said. Names of the suspect and victims were not released.

About 11 p.m. Saturday, a pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old male overturned on the 710 Freeway, killing a female passenger and injuring three others. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes just south of the 91 Freeway, the CHP reported. No names were released.
A 23-year-old man driving a Honda Accord died late Saturday when he hit a power pole and tree on Somerset Ranch Road near Paramount Boulevard in South Gate.

The accident occurred about 10:50 p.m. when the driver exited the 105 Freeway at a high rate of speed, collided with another vehicle and slammed into the pole and tree, said South Gate Police Sgt. Mario Saldivar.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger was in stable condition at a hospital with minor injuries. No names were released.

And a 43-year-old Irvine man was killed while trying to cross the eastbound lanes of the 101 Freeway after crashing his car near Laurel Canyon Boulevard about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

The man had been driving west in a black Lexus when he drifted off the shoulder, struck a guardrail and came to rest in the number one lane, the CHP reported.

He got out of the car, tried to run across the freeway and was hit by a BMW driven by a 76-year-old Encino man. The driver of the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released. The BMW driver was unhurt.

Last year, only one traffic-related fatality was reported in Los Angeles County during the first 36 hours of Labor Day weekend, according to the CHP. Statewide, the CHP has reported six fatalities so far, compared with eight last year.

In Los Angeles County, 227 people have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, up from 209 last year, while statewide, the CHP has arrested 1,008 motorists on that charge, compared with 990 last year.

Traffic-related incidents so far this weekend are also higher than the July 4 and Memorial Day numbers this year, authorities said.
“There was a somewhat downward trend, and we were hopeful that would still be the case because people had gotten the message about safe driving,” said CHP Officer Ming Hsu. “Unfortunately, the numbers we have for this period are spiking.”

If you or your family has been injured anywhere in Los Angeles County or the State of California, you may contact our law firm for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 ext. 1, or submit your case through our website at http://www.therpersonalinjury.com

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Horrendous Pomona Car Crash Leaves Two Dead

Scene of fatal car accident in Pomona, California

Scene of fatal car accident in Pomona, California

Two people were killed this Monday in Pomona, California when the unlicensed driver of a stolen car slammed into a Nissan Maxima at high speed early Monday, slicing the Nissan in half in a burst of flames.

According to preliminary reports, the Nissan was attempting to pull into a fast food lot when it was broadsided by an Infiniti G37S traveling at an extremely high rate of speed.

Upon impact, the Nissan split in half and exploded into flames. Parts of the vehicle’s tires were seen melted onto the sidewalk.

“The flames were just sky-high. They were tremendous, tremendous flames,” a witness, Peter Romanowski, told local news. “I’ve never seen an accident like that ever in my life.”

Miguel Herrera, 22, and his pregnant girlfriend Desiree Grajeda, 17, were instantly killed in the Nissan.

Lorraine Martinez, 26, the unlicensed driver of the 2008 Infinity G37S reported stolen Sunday evening, received minor injuries and was arrested and booked for investigation of auto theft and vehicular manslaughter, according to authorities.

The fatal car crash is still under investigation and there is evidence another person may have been in the vehicle during the collision who then fled the scene.

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Passenger of Drunk Driver Killed in Anaheim

California Personal Injury Lawyer Blog NewsANAHEIM – A passenger in a vehicle driven by a woman who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving died at a hospital early Sunday morning after the pickup they were in hit a car, went onto a dirt embankment and overturned “several” times, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The accident happened at about 12:45 a.m. on the southbound I-5 freeway near Disneyland Drive in Anaheim.

The male passenger, 28, died at 4:15 a.m. at UCI Medical Center in Orange. The female driver, also 28, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and remains in custody at the same hospital, where she is being treated for major injuries, the incident report said.

The driver and passenger in the car were taken to Western Medical Center with moderate and minor injuries.
The CHP report says the driver of the 2002 GMC pickup was driving in the third lane “at a high rate of speed.” For unknown reasons, she changed lanes to the fourth lane and struck the left rear corner of the 1995 Mercury Villager, then continued west, where the truck “skidded off” the main lanes and traveled “out of control” onto a steep dirt embankment. The truck then struck part of a bridge and made “several rotations” back across the southbound lanes, where it came to rest in the first lane, the report says.

The CHP did not release the name of the passenger or the driver.

This fatal car accident is a tragedy that could have and should have not happened.

By now everyone knows how dangerous it is to drink and drive. It is almost like playing with a loaded gun, and there is flat out no excuse for drinking and driving.

No one should drink and drive under any circumstances, because like what happened here, they could kill someone.

In this case one person lost their life, and the woman who was arrested life will never be the same either; all for the sake of a drink.

Whatever you do, do not get in the car with someone you know has been drinking alcohol.

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Four People were killed in crash on 101 this morning near Ventura

Scene of accident that killed 4 people near Mussel Shoals

Scene of accident that killed 4 people near Mussel Shoals

Ventura – California

Four people were killed this morning when their truck left Highway 101 near Mussel Shoals and struck a tree.

The accident was reported shortly before 3:30 a.m. just north of Mussel Shoals, according to the California Highway Patrol, which is still investigating the crash.

The driver, Phet Chansy, 53; his wife, Holly Hamm, 40; and their 11-year-old son, Eric Chansy, were declared dead at the scene, said Armando Chavez, senior deputy Ventura County medical examiner. He said a family friend, Monica Sara Sang, 45, of Long Beach, was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where she died in the operating room.

Chavez said Chansy’s cause of death was blunt force head injuries. Hamm, who was in the passenger seat, died of blunt force head and chest injuries, he said.

Eric died of blunt force chest injuries, and Sang died of multiple blunt force injuries.

Eric and Sang were in the back seat of the truck’s extended cab, Chavez said. Another son sitting in the back seat, also a juvenile, was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, Chavez said.

The pickup truck was towing a boat northbound on Highway 101. No additional information was available this afternoon from the CHP.

This accident is a horrible tragedy. It is unknown by us right now if any of the victims were wearing seatbelts or what caused the truck to go off of the road.

It is very important to make sure that everyone wears a seatbelt in a vehicle, and to slow down and be careful while driving.

If you or your family have been the victim of a truck crash, car crash, or other motor vehicle accident in Mussel Shoals, Ventura, or anywhere in California call us for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 x. 1, or go to http://www.thepersonalinjury.com.

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11 People Injured in collision involving MTA Bus, and Car in Los Angeles

California Personal Injury Lawyer Blog NewsLOS ANGELES — California

A Los Angeles fire spokesman say 11 people, including a pregnant woman, were hurt when a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus and car collided in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles.

Fire spokesman David Ortiz says a 30-year-old woman in the car was critically injured in the crash that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at 7th Avenue and Adams Boulevard. A 25-year-old pregnant woman on the bus was seriously hurt and her three children are in fair condition. He says five other bus riders, ages 18 to 61, also were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. One person was treated at the scene and released.

Police Officer Karen Rayner says the car was turning left onto 7th Avenue from Adams Boulevard when it collided with the bus.

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Man dies in Angeles Crest crash; Excessive Speed, Alcohol Likely to Blame for Wreck

California Personal Injury Lawyer Blog NewsA driver heading toward La Cañada on Angeles Crest Highway was killed at about 3 a.m. Friday when he lost control of his car, careened into an embankment and collided with a tree, officials said.

The fatal wreck came just a week after state transportation officials reopened the winding 7-mile stretch of highway between La Cañada Flintridge and Angeles Forest Highway.

Pasadena resident Julio Velasquez, 21, crashed his Honda sedan near mile marker 30.71, a sharp curve about six miles above the Foothill (210) Freeway. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Bob Funke.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Becky Lynch said investigators believe alcohol and excessive speed may be to blame for the crash.

Funke, a first-responder, said Velasquez’s body was discovered by friends with whom he reportedly had been drinking earlier that night in the George’s Gap area of the Angeles National Forest, an isolated spot near Clear Creek.

“They said they were up at George’s Gap drinking, just being social, and the driver of the vehicle decided he wanted to go home. They tried to talk him out of driving, but to no avail,” Funke said. “About 35 or 40 minutes later, [the friends] were driving down and came upon [Velasquez’s] car embedded in the side of a hill. He had run head-on into a tree, and that’s how we found him.”

Funke said he did not see any obvious signs that Velasquez had applied his brakes prior to the crash.

An autopsy and blood-alcohol test is pending this weekend.

Angeles Crest Highway was closed above La Cañada for nearly 17 months to repair massive road washouts and other damage caused by the August 2009 Station fire and subsequent rainstorms.

The CHP has intensified traffic enforcement efforts along the roadway since its reopening on June 3.

If you or your family has been injured anywhere in the State of California, you may contact our law firm for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 ext. 1, or submit your case through our website at http://www.therpersonalinjury.com

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Bicyclist Killed by a Hit and Run Driver at the University of California Santa Cruz

Zachary Parke

Zachary Parke

Zachary Parke, 25, of Santa Cruz, was found dead on the University of California at Santa Cruz campus on Wednesday after he was killed in a by a hit and run driver.

His body was found near Heller Drive on Empire Grade Road, which is a primary route for students entering and leaving the campus.

He was in the bushes 15 feet in front of his bicycle, and broken glass littered the ground.

California Highway Patrol officers said Zachary Parke was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a car. A driver traveling in a maroon Nissan or Infiniti fled after hitting the bicyclist, CHP officers said.

Another bicyclist found Zachary Parke’s body at 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday and called 911.

Zachary Parke, who is not a UCSC student, was returning home at midnight from the campus after hanging out with friends, his mother April Parke said.

“His friend left at the same time he did. He saw Zachary take off on his bike going down Empire Grade,” April Parke said. Her son never made it home.

Zachary Parke was an avid outdoor rock climber and studied art at Cabrillo College, according to his Facebook page. He went climbing at Sebastian Big Wall in Yosemite with his friends recently.

April Parke described the pain she felt when an official from the coroner’s office knocked on her door Wednesday morning.

“She said she was from the coroner’s office. I said, ‘Is my son OK?'” April Parke said. “She said, ‘No, I’m sorry, he isn’t.'”

The California Highway Patrol needs help finding the hit-and-run driver. Anyone with information on this accident should contact the CHP at 662-0511. The maroon Nissan or Infiniti is missing a side mirror and likely has front-end damage, officers said.

“Somebody was probably drunk, somebody hit him, and it has to be their fault,” April Parke said.

The bicyclist was seasoned in navigating roads on two wheels. He worked as a bike messenger four days a week for Clutch Couriers and pedaled all over the county, April Parke said.

“They weren’t going to let me see him, but I begged them to let me see him one last time,” April Parke said as tears welled up in her eyes.

UCSC students are taking final examinations this week before the spring semester ends.
Campus security did not block off the road while investigators surveyed the scene. Parke’s body was moved into a coroner’s truck before 10 a.m. and few students realized the tragedy that had happened as they drove by.

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Two dead, one missing in Highway 70 crash west of Plumas/Butte County Line

Rescue crew searching for missing 16 year old.

Rescue crew searching for missing 16 year old.

The search will resume today for a 16-year-old passenger in a car that slid off Highway 70 that was missing after the horrible car accident, sparking a dramatic swift water rescue, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday night.

Two people died in the fury crash that happened just west of the Plumas/Butte County line at about 3:30 p.m., the CHP said.

The car crashed happened when a 2001 Pontiac Firebird that was headed west on highway 70, when it passed a motorhome and slid off the edge of the roadway, the CHP said.

The driver of the Pontiac Firebird a 35-year-old man had a 9-year-old boy and the 16-year-old with him in the car when it crashed. The CHP said all of them were from Oroville, California.

The 9-year-old boy was clinging to rocks in the river after the accident. The child then let go of the rocks and attempted to swim to the older man.

The driver and the child were pulled from the water by search-and-rescue teams.

The young boy and the man were given CPR. The boy was transported to Feather River Hospital, while the man was taken to Oroville Medical Center.

Both were pronounced dead at the hospitals, the CHP said. Their names weren’t available.

The search for the missing 16-year-old, whose name also was not available, continued until about 8:30 p.m.

This accident is a horrible tragedy, and it reminds us to take it easy out there. A pleasure ride can turn fatal in an instant if you speed, or lose concentration.

We send our prayers and condolences to the family of the victims of this tragic accident.

If you or your family have been the victim of a truck crash, car crash, or other motor vehicle accident in Oxnard or anywhere in California call us for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 x. 1, or go to http://www.thepersonalinjury.com.

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