ABC 7 News reports that Christopher Morales and Desmond Franklin were killed when the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee ran a red light and slammed into their car. The two friends were out for an early birthday celebration for Morales who would have turned 26 a few days later.

Morales and Franklin were both passengers in a car driven by Morales’ girlfriend, who was injured in the Riverside car accident. The friends were driving in Riverside near the 60 Freeway, when the Jeep driver ran the red light causing the fatal accident. The Jeep driver got out of his car and fled the scene.

However, a few hours later police arrested Eric Figueroa-Reyes while he was at the hospital seeking medical attention for a broken knee-cap he sustained in the crash. While Riverside police are still investigating what exactly caused Reyes to run the red light, he will likely face criminal charges for hit and run.   Continue Reading

On the evening of June 11, 2018, a multi-car collision on the 5 Freeway in Arleta caused the deaths of a 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, who died at the scene. Also injured in the multi-car Arleta accident were 2 other people, including an 85-year-old woman and a 21-year-old woman.

According to ABC 7 News, the two injury victims were transported to the hospital. The 85-year-old woman was in fair condition, but the 21-year-old woman was in critical condition. The crash shutdown all southbound lanes of the freeway for nearly seven hours.

Officials believe that the crash occurred when one of the vehicles stalled in the middle lane of the southbound 5 freeway. Another vehicle following behind struck the car traveling at freeway speeds, causing other vehicles to be involved.

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Last fall, 12 wildfires tore across Northern California. The fires burned over 245,000 acres in Northern California, destroying 8,800 structures along the way and forcing over 100,000 people to evacuate. According to CBS News, a report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says that PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric Co.) equipment caused several of these fires.

In total, the 12 fires killed 44 people, 15 of those deaths were attributed to two of the fires started by PG&E equipment. The investigation shows that there were violations of state law in regard to the care of the equipment including issues with electric power and distribution lines and the failure of power poles.  Continue Reading

Earlier this month the driver of a motorhome was arrested after he crashed into a home in a Moreno Valley accident. The motorhome accident in Moreno Valley occurred just before 11:00 p.m. and according to ABC 7 News the driver was allegedly intoxicated.  The owner of the Moreno Valley home and his wife were home, and awake, but were in the back room when the crash occurred. They stated they heard what sounded like a loud explosion in their living room. Witnesses stated that the motorhome driver came from a hill and never attempted to hit the brakes.

The homeowners, though completely shocked, were luckily unharmed. However, five passengers in the motorhome were injured, and one passenger suffered serious injuries. All were rushed to the hospital for their injuries.  Continue Reading

The family of a bicyclist, who died when he was struck by a sheriff’s deputy who was driving while distracted by a digital device, will be paid $11.75 million by the city of Los Angeles as a settlement in their wrongful death suit.

The accident that killed Milton Olin Jr., a 65-year-old attorney and former chief operating officer of Napster, happened on December 8, 2013. Olin was in the bike lane in Calabasas, when the officer drifted over and hit him. He died on impact “after landing on the patrol car’s windshield and shattering the glass.”

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A massive car accident in Cajon Pass, involving 20 to 30 cars, left at least 17 people injured and closed the freeway. The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. on the southbound 15 freeway. Officials believe dense fog contributed to the severity of the accident.

According to ABC 7 News, it appears that two vehicles initially collided, but because of the heavy fog and reduced visibility, the crash started a chain reaction. More that 20 cars were part of the pile up. Officers and paramedics responded immediately and treated 17 people for injuries. Two were transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Drivers said they tried to avoid the crash, but poor visibility lead to other accidents. As a result, all southbound lanes were closed for over two hours.

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A series of accidents occurred in Anaheim, when a suspect attempted to flee police after stealing a car.  According to CBS Los Angeles, a 2015 Honda was reported stolen early that day, and was spotted shortly after by a police officer. When the officer tried to pull the driver over, the suspect sped off attempting to evade the officer.

The suspect then led the officer on a four minute high-speed chase through Anaheim that ended with a collision. The car hit by the suspect contained a woman and two children, and all three were transported to the hospital for their injuries. The chase also caused an additional three crashes, sending a fourth person to the hospital with injuries.   Continue Reading

According to KTLA News, police are looking for a driver of a hit and run vehicle that struck and killed a man in a tragic Compton bicycle accident. Apparently, the victim, Darnell Parker was cycling to a relative’s house just after midnight on May 20th, when he was hit at Alondra Boulevard and Bradfield Avenue.  The driver fled the area. Officers responded, and Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers plan to check surveillance cameras in the area in hopes to get more information as to who the driver could be.

Parker’s family is left to deal with the tragic aftermath of his untimely death. His daughter-in-law, Tracy Brown, stated, “He has children that are gonna need him. They’re gonna miss out on very important things they can’t even share with their dad, and I just think it’s sad.”  Continue Reading

ABC 7 News reports that on Sunday, May 20, around 6 p.m., the driver of a Chevy Tahoe jumped the curb onto a side walk in South Los Angeles and crashed into a mother and her 2-year-old son who were out for a walk. Eidan Cortez, the young child, was tragically killed as a result of this Los Angeles pedestrian accident.

Prosecutors say that the driver of the Tahoe, a 32-year-old Gardena man, George Milton, was intoxicated at the time of the accident—his blood alcohol content was right at .08, the limit in California.  Once Milton struck the young boy, he reversed, hitting the child again. Milton “allegedly tried to flee the scene, but bystanders helped restrain him until police arrived.”

The driver will now face charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury for which he can face up to 25 years in prison.  Continue Reading

A street race on Mead Valley roads led to a tragic crash injuring a father and killing his two young sons. The wrongful death car accident occurred when two vehicles were racing side-by-side and one of the racing vehicles hit the family’s car.  According to ABC News, the father and his sons were driving westbound around 5:40 p.m. The racing cars, a Honda and Nissan Ultima, were traveling east bound. As they reached the top of a hill, the driver of the Honda allegedly saw the family, “but apparently didn’t have time to react and slammed into the vehicle head-on.” The father and his sons were rushed to the hospital, but the two boys, ages 6 and 8, passed away.

The driver of the Honda was also taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. However, the Nissan Ultima, the other racing vehicle, fled the scene. Police are still looking for information about this car and driver. The driver of the Honda will now likely face criminal charges for street racing as well as charges for vehicular manslaughter.  Continue Reading

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