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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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Nine people were injured, four seriously, in an Irvine car accident after an 81-year-old Dana Point man crashed through a fence, struck two cars and plowed into several pedestrians at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater the night of September 3, 2016. According to a KABC news report, the incident occurred in the 8800 block of Irvine Center Drive near the box office right before the start of a concert at the popular venue.

Officials said the elderly man, whom they later identified as Joon Kyu Kim, drove through the parking lot near the entrance and suddenly hit a fence and several pedestrians. He then hit an unoccupied, parked police car pushing it into a grassy area where people were picnicking. Several people were injured and treated for their injuries. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. It was unclear what caused the crash. Police have ruled out the involvement of alcohol or drugs. No citations or arrests were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured in this crash. We are relieved to note that the injuries were not life threatening. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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At least five people were injured in a Los Angeles crash when a dump truck collided with a Metro bus. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred the morning of August 31, 2016 next to the 405 Freeway on Jefferson Boulevard. The Metro Transit Authority bus was traveling east on Jefferson Boulevard. A dump truck carrying gravel was driving off of the northbound off ramp of the 405 Freeway when it struck the bus. There were six people on the bus including the driver when the crash occurred.

Four people were transported to the hospital. Two of the four people transported, the truck driver and a bus passenger were classified as “immediate,” which means they required medical attention right away. California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. The traffic signal appeared to have been working after the crash. So, it is not clear if the collision was the result of a mechanical problem or the truck driver’s error.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those injured in this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Continue reading →

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Officials are searching for a hit-and-run driver who they say struck and killed a motorcyclist in Reseda on August 24, 2016. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Tampa Avenue. Police say the driver of a truck was making a left turn onto Vanowen and failed to yield to the oncoming motorcyclist.

The truck driver left after the crash heading west on Vanowen. The motorcyclist, a man in his late teens or early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are looking for the driver of a white stake bed truck with significant damage on the passenger side of the vehicle. The city is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver. Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD at 818-644-8000.

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

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Patricia Ledezma, 34, and her two daughters, Stephanie, 8, and Dayana, 4, were all killed in a Placentia pedestrian accident the night of August 20, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the mother and daughters were walking home after a party when they were mowed down by a car in the 800 block of West La Jolla Street.

Police found the driver, 27-year-old Nicholas Stephen Munoz, standing next to the car. He was booked on suspicion of murder and driving under the influence. Witnesses told police that Munoz was speeding as well. Neighbors told the Register that the street where this particular accident occurred needs stop signs and crosswalks. Drivers sped through this street often and posed a danger to children and adults.

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

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A 43-year-old woman was fatally injured in a Santa Ana pedestrian accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred just after midnight on August 17, 2016 near the intersection of South Bristol Street and Warner Avenue. Witnesses told police they saw a silver SUV or minivan hit the woman.

Witnesses said the driver did not stop, slow down or check on the victim. The vehicle was northbound on Bristol and then turned west on Warner at a high rate of speed, they said. Police said had the driver stuck around he or she may not have faced charges since the pedestrian seemed to have been walking outside a crosswalk at the time. However, since the driver left the scene, he or she is looking at vehicular manslaughter charges. Anyone who has information about this incident or the driver is asked to contact Santa Ana police at 714-245-8665.

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

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Enrique Alvarado-Cervantes, 26, died in a motorcycle accident in Azusa after a pickup truck rear-ended him on the 210 Freeway just west of Vernon Avenue. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Alvarado-Cervantes was riding a 2000 Suzuki GSX-R in the fast lane when traffic ahead came to a sudden stop. A 71-year-old man was driving directly behind the motorcycle in a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.

The Dodge slammed into the motorcycle and a Ford pickup truck that was ahead ejecting the motorcyclist onto the roadway. The force of the collision pushed the Ford into a Lexus that was ahead as well. Alvarado-Cervantes was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Dodge pickup suffered injuries including a broken wrist. The Ford’s driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the Lexus escaped injury. No arrests or citations were reported pending an official investigation.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Enrique Alvarado-Cervantes for their tragic loss. We also wish those injured the very best for a quick and full recovery. Continue reading →

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Police in Arcadia are looking for the driver of a Mercedes-Benz, who they say, struck and critically injured 72-year-old Roop Garg. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the incident took place the morning of August 11, 2016 in the 600 block of West Camino Real Avenue, just east of Baldwin Avenue. Police say Mercedes was going west on Camino Real Avenue when it struck the pedestrian walking west on the street. The pedestrian, Garg, suffered critical injuries.

The driver briefly stopped his car near the intersection, got out of the vehicle and walked around his vehicle. But he got back in and fled south on Baldwin Avenue. Witnesses described the hit-and-run vehicle as a white, newer-model Mercedes-Benz with paper license plates. The driver was described as an Asian man about 70 years old with gray hair, clean-shaven, wearing a short-sleeved shirt and slacks. Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5156.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured pedestrian who is apparently fighting for his life. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery. Continue reading →

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