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Vanessa Rosales, 38, of Adelanto, was killed in a Victorville car accident, which officials say involved a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle, the night of September 9, 2012. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal crash occurred on Air Expressway west of Village Drive. A deputy was driving a prisoner to the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Center when the patrol car rear-ended a Honda Accord in the eastbound lanes. The Honda then swerved and struck a Mercedes.

Rosales, who was a passenger in the Honda, sustained fatal injuries. The Honda’s driver, Immysha Smith and another juvenile passenger in the Honda, were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Jennifer Tompkins, the driver of the Mercedes, the deputy and the juvenile prisoner, suffered injuries that were described as “minor.” The sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team is looking into the cause of this crash.
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Aaron Dobine, 27, of Laguna Niguel, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Costa Mesa after losing control of his motorcycle. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred the evening of September 10, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Dobine was riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson and was making his way from the southbound 405 Freeway to the 73 toll road when he lost control and hit the center median. Dobine was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. Investigators suspect that Dobine may have been traveling at a high rate of speed. At this time, they do not believe other vehicles were involved. The investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Aaron Dobine who are mourning this terrible loss. I offer my heartfelt condolences to them.
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A major car accident in Santa Clarita involving two cars and a big rig left two people dead and several others injured early morning on September 4, 2012. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred on the 5 Freeway near Gorman. California Highway Patrol officials say the cars were traveling southbound and collided with each other for an unknown reason. Four of the injured have been hospitalized in critical condition, while five more sustained non-life-threatening injuries. At least one of the victims is a child who has been rushed to the hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the deceased victims of this car accident. My heart also goes out to the many injured victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Thu Nguyen, 81, was fatally injured in a Garden Grove car accident after a car struck her. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the morning of August 27, 2012 at the intersection of Lampson Avenue and Strathmore Drive. Investigators say Nguyen was walking south across Lampson Avenue when a car traveling east on Lampson hit her. The male driver stopped and waited with the victim until police and paramedics arrived. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved. No arrests or citations were reported. Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to contact police at 714-741-5823.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Thu Nguyen for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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The driver of an SUV at the center of a crash that resulted in the electrocution of good Samaritans Irma Zamora, 40, and Stacey Schreiber, 39, could face reckless driving charges, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The fatal Los Angeles car accident also led to six others including a police officer getting injured as a result of electric shock.

The freakish accident occurred the night of August 22, 2012 in the 12000 block of Magnolia Avenue in Valley Village when an SUV crashed through a stop sign and into a light pole and sheared a fire hydrant creating an electrically charged pool of water. Zamora and Schreiber who rushed to help the trapped occupants of the SUV were electrocuted. Six others are in serious condition after suffering an electric shock.

Los Angeles police officials say detectives have presented a case for charging the driver with reckless driving and are investigating possible street racing allegations. It is not clear if the driver will be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were factors. Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Detective William Bustos of the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8000 or Officer Lisette Fuentes at (818) 644-8022.
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Two women, one of them identified as 40-year-old Irma Zamora, were killed and five others were injured after a car crash in Valley Village. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the two women were good Samaritans who rushed to help the occupants of an SUV that crashed into a light pole near the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue, the night of August 22, 2012. The collision knocked down light pole and created a highly charged pool of water electrocuting Zamora and the other woman who came forward to help. Five others also suffered electrical shocks and were hospitalized and remain in serious condition. Officials are also looking into why the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Irma Zamora and the other deceased victim who had good intentions in trying to save the crash victims. However, they tragically died in the process of doing a good deed. My thoughts and prayers are also with the seriously injured victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
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Grace Imai, 74, of Placentia, was killed in a San Bernardino County car accident involving a rear-end collision. According to a news report in The San Bernardino County Sun, the fatal car crash occurred on the northbound 15 Freeway east of Barstow in Yermo, the afternoon of August 17, 2012. Officials say Imai was a passenger in a 2004 Toyota Sienna with her husband when it was rear-ended by another vehicle. Imai was pronounced dead the morning of August 19, 2012. Officials are still investigating this fatal crash.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Grace Imai following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
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Marvin Adams, 66, was killed in a car crash in Riverside County after his wheelchair was struck by a vehicle at a street intersection. According to a news article in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Limonite and Hamner avenues in Eastvale, the morning of August 19, 2012. Police say Adams’ battery-powered wheelchair was in a crosswalk and had reached the eastbound fast lane of Limonite Avenue when a Hyundai Azera crashed into it. The impact was so great that Adams’ scooter-style wheelchair was completely destroyed. The Azera’s front bumper, grill and hood were severely damaged as well. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who saw this incident is asked to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies at 951-955-2600.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and many friends of Marvin Adams who are mourning the loss of their loved one. I offer them my deepest condolences.
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Steven David Muller, 29, was killed in a Lake Forest car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that was turning left at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Peachwood and Palmwood Drive shortly after noon on August 15, 2012. Police say Muller was riding eastbound on Peachwood when the driver of a 2010 Acura made a left turn in front of him. Muller struck the driver’s door of the Acura and was ejected from the bike. He was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries. No arrests or citations have been reported. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of Steven David Muller who are mourning this tragic loss. I offer my heartfelt condolences to them.
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Daniel Contreras, 30 was killed in a Los Angeles County car accident when his SUV flew off one highway and fell onto another. According to a report in The Daily News, the fatal car accident occurred at the Ventura 101 Freeway interchange bridge in Sherman Oaks where it meets the San Diego 405 Freeway, during the early morning hours of August 12, 2012. Officials say the victim’s SUV struck a metal guardrail, went over a concrete barrier and through two bridges before landing on the 405 freeway, 25 feet below. The SUV overturned on the lower freeway and Contreras was fatally injured. It is not clear what caused him to lose control or why his vehicle left the roadway.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Daniel Contreras following this tragic car accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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