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Two female pedestrians were killed and two others were critically injured when a silver Mustang GT struck a streetlight and fire hydrant in Echo Park. According to a KTLA news report, the deadly crash occurred the morning of November 20, 2016 in the 1000 block of Rosemont Avenue when 46-year-old Bryan Gin lost control of his car and ran into three women waiting at a bus stop on Sunset Boulevard. The deceased were identified as two women, 81 and 78. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading →

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A child suffered facial injuries after being struck by a large metal object on the 57 Freeway. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the afternoon of November 19, 2016 on the southbound 57 Freeway south of Katella Avenue in Anaheim. California Highway Patrol officials say Kathleen Hawks was driving a Hyundai sedan with her son riding in the front passenger seat when a second vehicle struck the metal object, which was in the roadway, and “launched” it toward her car.

The metal object smashed through the Hawks’ windshield and struck the boy in his face, causing injuries that were later treated at an area trauma center. No information was available about the second vehicle. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact CHP’s Santa Ana bureau at 714-567-6000. The investigation is ongoing. Continue reading →

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Four people including two young children were seriously injured in a two-vehicle car accident in South Los Angeles. According to a City News Service report, the incident occurred the afternoon of November 17, 2016 in the 300 block of West 108th Street. Two girls, one 8 months old and another about 3 years old, were ejected from the vehicle. The children, and a man and a woman, were all seriously injured and transported to an area hospital. One person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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

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Saul Lopez, 15, a 10th grader at Vaughn Charter School was killed in a bicycle accident in Pacoima. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal collision occurred the morning of November 15, 2016 at the corner of Glenoaks Boulevard and Vaughn Street. Lopez was riding his bike to his school when a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was southbound on Glenoaks Boulevard collided with a 2006 Chevy pickup headed east on Vaughn Street.

The impact sent both trucks in a southbound direction where the Dodge struck the boy, who was riding west in the south crosswalk at the intersection. Lopez was pinned under the Dodge. It is not clear which truck had the right of way. Both motorists stopped at the scene and cooperated with police and neither was arrested. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8000.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Saul Lopez for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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A Pasadena man has been accused of drunk driving in connection with a car accident in Los Angeles that killed a 4-month-old girl and injured a 10-year-old boy and a woman on the 110 Freeway in Elysian Park. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley News Tribune, 26-year-old Jared Silvestri was allegedly under the influence when the crash occurred on the northbound 110 Freeway just south of the 5 Freeway. California Highway Patrol officials said Silvestri was at the wheel of a 2001 Chevrolet when it slammed into the rear of a 2006 Chrysler that was slowing and pulling over to the right shoulder. Continue reading →

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A man was critically injured in a Santa Ana pedestrian accident the night of October 19, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred near the intersection of Warner Avenue and Shelton Street. Police say the pedestrian, a 55-year-old man, was crossing Warner Avenue when he was hit. He was transported to an area hospital as a critical trauma patient as he had suffered a serious head injury. But he was reported to have been in stable condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Officials don’t believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The driver was not cited or arrested. Officials are also looking into whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk when he was struck. The investigation is ongoing.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this injured victim. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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At least 14 passengers were injured in a bus accident after a Greyhound bus ran off Highway 99 in Tulare County. According to a news report in The Fresno Bee, the incident occurred the morning of October 19, 2016. The bus carrying about 30 passengers veered off the southbound lanes of the highway near Traver and drove across a frontage road and into a field. Continue reading →

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Cassidy Korenaga, 24, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Fullerton the evening of September 14, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred at the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue and Parks Drive near D. Russell Parks Junior High School. The motorcycle collided with a silver Chevy Suburban at the intersection. Korenaga was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Suburban was uninjured. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be involved. No arrests or citations were made pending an official investigation.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Cassidy Korenaga for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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At least 16 people were injured in a Metrolink train accident in Los Angeles when a commuter train carrying 187 passengers struck a box truck According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the collision occurred the morning of September 6, 2016 when a Metrolink train heading south toward Los Angeles on the Antelope Valley line struck a tractor-trailer sitting on the tracks. The train had just pulled out of the Sun Valley station and was moving at about 15 to 20 mph when it struck the truck. Continue reading →

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Jorge Lopez, a 57-year-old electrician with Caltrans was struck and killed in a freeway accident in Acton the morning of September 1, 2016. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, Lopez was standing outside his vehicle on State Route 14 when a tanker truck struck him. Two other Caltrans employees driving behind Lopez were not injured. The incident occurred at Red Rover Mine Road.

Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement in honor of Lopez saying that the death of this 16-year agency veteran marked the 185th Caltrans employee to die on the job. Caltrans has said it would post notices on its statewide network of electronic highway signs reminding motorists to watch out for highway workers. Officials are once again reminding motorists to slow down, watch out for highway workers and safely move over a lane when passing work crews.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Jorge Lopez for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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