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Four people were hospitalized with injuries in a Menifee school bus accident after a school bus carrying students from Paloma Valley High School collided with a car. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Holland and Evans roads in Menifee. Officials say a black Nissan Sentra was traveling east on Holland Road when it collided with the bus as it made a left turn from Evans Road. Police are looking into the car’s rate of speed at the time of the incident. Continue reading →

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Two people were seriously injured in a Laguna Beach car accident, which officials said, involved two vehicles. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury crash occurred the night of February 8, 2016 on Coast Highway near El Morro Elementary School between a Ford Explorer and a Dodge Grand Caravan. A man and a woman in the Explorer, ages 19 and 20, were both ejected from the SUV and seriously injured.

A 10-year-old girl and a 30-year-old person in the SUV had minor injuries. A 70-year-old woman in the Caravan, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries. No citations or arrests were reported. The investigation is still ongoing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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Paul Nagle, 60, was killed in a construction accident in Irvine. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal workplace accident occurred the morning of February 2, 2016 in a commercial construction site at 15100 Barranca Parkway. Firefighters found Nagle dead next to a crane. They said it appeared to have been a crane-related construction accident. Cal/OSHA investigators were looking into the cause of the accident. Nagle was employed with Mr. Crane, an Orange-based company. Police are still investigating this incident.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members of Paul Nagle. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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Los Angeles city officials are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for hit-and-run that killed 27-year-old Korina Campos and severely injured her 5-year-old daughter. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal hit-and-run occurred the afternoon of January 30, 2016 near Boyle Avenue and Whittle Boulevard.

Driver Flees on Foot

Campos took her daughter out of the backseat when they were struck. Campos was thrown about 40 feet from the point of impact and died from her injuries. The 5-year-old girl suffered a fractured pelvis, but is expected to survive. Surveillance video of the incident shows a vehicle driving along the curving roadway when it struck Campos’s car and spun out.

The driver lost control of the vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Corolla, before striking the mother and the girl. Officials believe the suspect may have suffered an abdominal injury and may have been bleeding at the scene. When witnesses tried to stop him, he pretended to have a gun in his waistband and fled on foot. He was described as being Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old with tattoos on both forearms, wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Korina Campos for their tragic loss, especially her young daughter. Let us keep this family in our thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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A man and two women were arrested in connection with a deadly Santa Ana hit-and-run crash. According to an NBC news report, the incident occurred the evening of January 24 at the intersection Fairview Street and Dahl Lane. Police say a man was walking west across Fairview when a vehicle driving south struck him. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Ramiro Garcia, fled the scene and drove nearly two miles before crashing in the 1900 block of Chestnut Avenue. Garcia then took off on foot. He was apprehended and booked on felony hit-and-run charges. Garcia’s sister, Rosa Garcia and sister-in-law, Janette Cuevas, were also arrested on charges of being accessories to a felony and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of the man who was killed in this hit-and-run crash. We offer our heartfelt condolences to them. Continue reading →

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A man was killed in a Santa Ana bicycle accident the evening of January 25, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal bike crash occurred at 17th and La Bonita streets. Police arrived at the scene and saw the man lying in the street. A vehicle was traveling on 17th Street in an unspecified direction when it struck a man on a bicycle who was crossing the street. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

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

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Ronny Aparicio, 25, was killed in a Garden Grove motorcycle accident, which officials say, occurred after two motorcycles collided head-on. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred the night of January 25, 2016. Police say 50-year-old Woodrow Hall was riding a motorcycle west on Trask Avenue when he swerved from a left-side lane into the outside turn lane near Ontario Avenue to pass a vehicle ahead of him.

Head-On Collision

As he changed lanes, Hall said he thought he saw a person in a wheelchair on the roadway and swerved into the eastbound lane of traffic on Trask to avoid the wheelchair. As Hall did that, he rode into the path of Aparicio’s motorcycle. A head-on collision occurred. Aparicio was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries. Police say Hall did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the incident. Anyone who saw the incident or who has information is asked to contact Garden Grove police at 714-741-5767. The investigation is still ongoing.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Ronny Aparicio for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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A female pedestrian was struck and seriously injured in a Costa Mesa car accident the evening of January 22, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the woman was hit at the intersection of Newport Boulevard and East 18th Street. She was transported to an area trauma center with major injuries. No citations or charges were reported. Officials are still looking into what caused this major injury collision.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this pedestrian accident. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

One person was killed and 34 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Costa Mesa, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 52 fatalities and 784 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Crash?

Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was walking at a busy street intersection when she was struck. There are still a number of unanswered questions here. Was the pedestrian walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk? Did she have the right of way? Was the driver impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise reckless? Who had the light? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which caused or contributed to this accident? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what caused this accident and why.

Fault and Liability

If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

An experienced Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition or hazardous conditions at the crosswalk or intersection contributed to the accident. If that is the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held accountable. Under California Government Code 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within six months of the incident.

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Two women, ages 42 and 18, were killed in a Pasadena car accident, which occurred at a street intersection. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of El Molino Avenue and Maple Street early morning on January 12, 2012. Police say a Chevy Impala traveling north on El Molino and a Kia Optima heading west on Maple Street collided. The Kia broadsided the Impala. The driver and front passenger of the Impala died at the scene.

The vehicle’s three backseat passengers, two men and a woman, were critically injured. The 19-year-old Pasadena man driving the Kia was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police said his passenger, a 20-year-old Pasadena man, suffered minor injuries. No one has been cited or arrested. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Neighbors say drivers often speed through the intersection where this collision occurred and said they wish the city would install dips to slow down vehicles.

We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the two fatally wounded victims. We also wish those injured the very best for a quick and full recovery. Continue reading →

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A man suffered critical injuries in a Newport Beach pedestrian accident after a truck hit him as he was crossing the road. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the evening of January 10, 2013 on West Coast Highway east of Prospect Street. Police say a man driving a GMC truck traveling east on West Coast Highway struck a pedestrian crossing the eastbound lanes outside of a crosswalk.

The driver was uninjured, but the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to an area trauma center. Police do not believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No citations or arrests were reported. Officials are still looking into what caused this collision. Anyone with information is urged to contact Newport Beach police at 949-644-3747. Continue reading →

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