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Police have arrested a driver after a fatal pedestrian accident in South Los Angeles. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the fatal collision occurred the night of April 21, 2016 at the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Gramercy Place. LAPD officials say the pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk when a vehicle struck him. The impact of the collision caused the man to become airborne and then hit the pavement. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver fled the scene. Police, however, located the vehicle in Inglewood. They later arrested the man believed to be the driver. The victim was identified as a man in his 30s. The investigation is still ongoing.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of this deceased victim. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. Continue reading →

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Polaris Industries will recall about 133,000 recreational all-terrain vehicles in the United States because they pose a fire risk. According to a Reuters news report, the company has received more than 160 reports of fire involving the models, including one that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old passenger, and 19 injuries. The defective product recall involves RZR 900 and RZR 1000 vehicles of model years 2013 to 2016 sold between July 2012 and April 2016 for $16,000 to $26,000. Continue reading →

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Wagner Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stockton is facing two nursing home lawsuits alleging wrongful death, elder abuse and neglect. According to a report in the Stockton Record, the wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court by the son of Robert Lampkins, who died August 15, 2015, alleging that the nursing home knowingly withheld care to the elderly man who was suffering from severe bed sores that had become infected and ultimately caused his death. Continue reading →

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Pia Botz, 69, and her daughter Erica Botz, 31, were both killed in a West Hills pedestrian accident the night of April 11, 2016. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Jason Avenue. Mother and daughter were walking with their black Labrador retriever in a marked crosswalk when a red Mitsubishi SUV heading west struck them.

The women were in a crosswalk trying to cross to the south side of the street. The daughter was pronounced dead at the scene while the mother was taken to a local hospital where she was also pronounced dead. The driver remained at the scene and is not being charged at this time. Officials do not believe speed was a factor in this incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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

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Greg Gillaspy, 70, was killed in a Yorba Linda car crash, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Gillaspy was crossing the street at the intersection of Fairmont Boulevard and Lorca Lane the night of April 9, 2016 when a truck hit him.

The driver, identified as 37-year-old Jody Guerrero, remained at the scene. He was found to have been driving under the influence and was booked on suspicion of homicide. Officials said he already had a prior DUI conviction. Gillaspy was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Greg Gillaspy for their tragic loss. Gillaspy was not just a U.S. Navy veteran, but also an active member of the community who pushed to add the words “In God We Trust” to the walls of the Yorba Linda City Council Chambers. He was also a leader of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1024. Continue reading →

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A jury in Los Angeles has cleared Caltrans of any wrongdoing in a 2012 freeway crash in West Covina, which left a 5-year-old boy quadriplegic and seriously injured his sister. According to a City News Service report, the children, Jeremiah Dunmore and Brionna Samuels, were riding in a minivan that was pierced by a guardrail after a tire blowout. The jury deliberated for less than a day before reaching the verdict. Samuels, now 25 and Jeremiah, now 8, were the most seriously injured when the tire blew out on the minivan, which their grandmother was driving.

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Cairo Joseph Castaneda, 42, of North Hollywood, was killed in a bicycle accident in Studio City the morning of April 5, 2016. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Castaneda was cycling west in the 12000 block of Ventura Place when he entered the intersection at Radford Avenue. He was struck by a privately-owned trash truck. Castaneda was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are still looking into what caused this fatal collision. No citations or arrests were reported. The incident is under investigation.

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Meadow Walker, the daughter of late “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker, has said she will move forward with her lawsuit against Porsche in spite of the automaker’s victory in court this week in a related case. According to an ABC news report, on Monday, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled that there was not enough evidence to show that the Porsche Carrera GT, which Walker’s friend Roger Rodas was driving at the time of the fatal crash that took both their lives, lacked basic safety features that could have potentially saved the two men’s lives.

Update: As of 4/8/16, a $10.1 Million settlement from the estate of Rodas has just been disclosed. The money will be placed in a trust for Meadow Walker.

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A man suffered a severe leg injury after a vehicle struck him as he was getting out of his car. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a woman in her 50s was driving west in the 2100 block of Valencia Drive the evening of March 30, 2016 when she veered into a nearby parked car. She struck the car and a man in his 60s who was exiting his vehicle. He was transported to an area trauma center with leg injuries, but his injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The female driver was taken to an area hospital with complaints of pain. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the man who suffered the severe leg injuries. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery. Continue reading →

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Police are seeking a suspected hit-and-run driver in a deadly collision that killed two people identified as 15-year-old Angie Ruiz and Lester Larios, 55, both of Bell. According to media reports, the collision occurred the afternoon of March 26, 2016 at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and El Paseo Street, just south of the city border that separates South Gate and Bell Gardens. Both Ruiz and Larios were pronounced dead at the scene. Five others were injured. Continue reading →

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