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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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Jorge A. Perez, 34, and his passenger, 31-year-old Beatriz Castillo, were killed in a Los Angeles County car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal collision occurred when 39-year-old Salvador Tamayo, who was westbound on the 60 Freeway just east of Atlantic Boulevard the night of August 9, 2012, crashed his 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck into a disabled car on the 60 Freeway. Perez and Castillo, who were in the 2008 Honda Civic, died from their injuries. Officials say Tamayo “failed to react in time” and struck the Honda. Tamayo was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Perez and Castillo for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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A man was struck and killed in a Orange County car accident while crossing a street. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of August 8, 2012 at the intersection of El Toro Road and Moulton Parkway. Investigators say the pedestrian was crossing Moulton when a small truck hit him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene. So far, no arrests or citations have been reported. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of this deceased accident victim. I offer my deepest condolences to them.
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Tyler Macchiavello, 20, was killed in a Tustin car accident after he was ejected from the Ford Explorer SUV he was driving. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal rollover accident occurred the morning of August 3, 2012 on the northbound 55 Freeway at the Interstate 5. California Highway Patrol officials say the Ford SUV flipped and Macchiavello was ejected from the SUV. He had been traveling in the number two lane when he swerved into the number four lane. Officials suspect that he was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to an area hospital with major injuries. He died about 13 hours after the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of Tyler Macchiavello for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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John Dressler, 27, was killed in a car accident in Irvine after a car struck his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway north of Lake Forest Drive the night of August 1, 2012. Officials say the two vehicles collided in the number one lane. Dressler was ejected and his motorcycle caught fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. It is unclear how the collision occurred or if the driver will be cited or charged in connection with this fatal crash. An investigation is ongoing.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of John Dressler for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Manolo Magat, 23, and Joseph Almario, 21, were killed in a Los Angeles County traffic accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred early morning on July 31, 2012 at the 710 Freeway and 10 Freeway interchange. California Highway Patrol officials say that the driver of the Toyota RAV4, 22-year-old Christian Meng, was speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. Meng lost control of the SUV on a curve and crashed through the guard wall of the HOV lane. The vehicle plunged 60 feet off the overpass and landed on a transition road. Magat and Almario died while another passenger, 22-year-old Jason Lieu, was injured. Meng has been charged with felony DUI.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of Manolo Magat and Joseph Almario for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them.
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One person was killed in a Pomona car accident after the driver of a stolen car who was fleeing the police ran a red light and struck the victim’s vehicle. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Towne and La Verne avenues on July 29, 2012. Officials arrested Brian Vance Coleman, 33. Coleman was allegedly driving the stolen car that was being chased by a police vehicle. Coleman ran a red light at the intersection and struck the victim’s car. Coleman attempted to flee when police tried to make a traffic stop. It is not clear where the pursuit began. The car Coleman was driving was reported stolen in Rancho Cucamonga earlier that day.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased driver. This grieving family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Kenneth Prevatte , 52, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident after a drunk driver struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal DUI collision occurred at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 8th Street in Sunset Beach the afternoon of July 28, 2012. Officials say Prevatte was struck in the northbound lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene of crash. The driver, Becki James, 58, of Huntington Beach, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of Kenneth Prevatte who are mourning this terrible loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them.
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David Sanders, 30, of San Bernardino was killed in an El Monte car accident and two Caltrans workers suffered injuries after Sanders’ minivan rear-ended a work truck. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal car crash occurred the morning of July 24, 2012 on the westbound 10 Freeway east of Peck Road. Sanders was driving his 2002 Ford Windstar van west on the 10 in a lane that was closed due to construction. A Caltrans utility truck that was carrying two contractors was going in reverse in the same lane. One worker was sitting in the back of the truck picking up orange construction cones. The van rear-ended the truck.

Sanders and his dog died at the scene. The two injured Caltrans workers were transported to a local hospital. They were both employees of Atkins Construction, which is based in Foothill Ranch. This crash has occurred barely two days after another collision involving two drunk drivers that killed two road workers on the 405 Freeway in Torrance.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of David Sanders for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Daniel Iglesias, 19, was killed in a car accident in Santa Ana after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was involved in a two-car collision. According to The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the afternoon of July 15, 2012. Officials say Iglesias was the sole passenger in a Pontiac Trans Am that collided with a full-sized SUV on McFadden Avenue after the driver of the Pontiac swerved to avoid hitting a white minivan. The minivan did not remain at the scene after the crash. The SUV smashed through the right passenger side of the Pontiac fatally injuring Iglesias. The Pontiac’s driver was transported to an area hospital.

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An elderly female passenger in the SUV was also taken to a local hospital with complaints of pain. Three others in the SUV were uninjured. Witnesses told officials that the white minivan was traveling north on Pacific Avenue, which dead-ends at McFadden with a stop sign. When the minivan entered McFadden, the Pontiac swerved to avoid it. The Pontiac then crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and was hit by the eastbound SUV. Police are searching for the driver of the white minivan. Anyone with information is asked to contact Santa Ana police at 714-245-8665.

My heart goes out to the family members and friends of Daniel Iglesias for their tragic and devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are also with the injured victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
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