Crash News Video: Montebello, Los Angeles County, California: Lidia Ortega Killed In Accident Involving Alleged Drunk Driver On 60 Freeway

The Los Angeles affiliate for CBS has released a video about a crash that killed one woman. One of the motorists is accused of drunk driving. Two other victims were injured. There is a link below to the video.

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time: Around 1:30 in the morning

City / County / State: Montebello, Los Angeles County, California

Address: 60 Freeway

Victims Killed:

1. Lidia Ortega was 28 years old and lived in Commerce, California.

Victims Injured:

Two occupants in the vehicle where Ortega was riding as a passenger were injured. Their names were not released yet. They were both taken to the hospital and were said to have moderate to major injuries, according to CBS.

Cause:

Information on the cause is not available, at least as to specific details.

Criminal Charges?

The driver suspected of drunk driving is the motorist from the other vehicle, NOT the one in which Lidia Ortega was riding. This person’s name was not released yet. An arrest was made, but there was no word on formal charges.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles Video

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Crash Video Files: Mission Viejo, Orange County, California: Armando Hernandez Killed In Car-Truck Accident On The 5 Freeway

A man has been killed in this two-vehicle crash. The accident involved a smaller vehicle (make and model not yet identified) and a big-rig truck.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013

Time: About 4:30 in the morning

City / County / State: Mission Viejo, Orange County, California

Address: 5 Freeway (San Diego Freeway)

Victims Killed:

1. Armando Hernandez was 25 years old and lived in Stanton, California.

Victims Injured:

There was no mention in the CBS report of any other injured parties.

Truck Driver:

The name of the truck driver was not yet available.

Cause:

Police say that the vehicle Armando Hernandez was in rear-ended the big-rig truck. But it is not clear how this happened or whether Hernandez was wearing a seat belt. To be perfectly clear, CBS did not specifically state whether the victim was driving or whether he was a passenger.

Criminal Charges?

No one has been charged at this time.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles

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Crash News Video: San Clemente, Orange County, California: 4 Victims Killed In El Camino Real Accident – Pablo Vargas Diaz, Martin Junior Nieto, Lucia Garcia Solis, And Unidentified Person

The Los Angeles affiliate for CBS has released a video about a one-car crash in San Clemente, Orange County, California. It occurred on Saturday, December 7, 2013, on El Camino Real. 4 victims were killed, and a 5th occupant was injured. You can see a link below to that video. The accident occurred in the 900 block at about 1:30 in the morning.

Victims:

1. Pablo Vargas Diaz was 25 and lived in San Juan Capistrano, California.

2. Martin Junior Nieto was 26 and lived in Laguna Niguel, California.

3. Lucia Garcia Solis was 27 and lived in San Juan Capistrano.

4. The 4th person who died has not yet been identified in any way except that it was a man.

5. An unidentified 24-year-old woman sustained significant injuries and was sent to the hospital.

Cause:

Police say witnesses reported seeing the car speeding before it crashed into a light pole. Although no specifics were provided, police also suspect alcohol was involved.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges yet, and the report did not state who was driving. This would be a crucial fact to resolve before any charges would likely be filed.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles Video

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Crash Video Files: Anaheim, Orange County, California: Mario Lopez Alaniz And Angel Granados Killed In 1-Vehicle Accident During Alleged Argument; Ana Granados Injured

According to CBS Los Angeles, police believe that this crash occurred when Mario Lopez Alaniz grabbed the steering wheel of the car driven by Ana Granados. The vehicle went off the road at that point and ultimately hit a tree. Alaniz was killed, and so was Angel, who was Ana Granados’s 7-year-old son. Granados is 41. She sustained moderate injuries. Alaniz was 25 and was Ana’s boyfriend. It is not clear what the alleged argument was about.

This accident took place on the 91 Freeway, in Anaheim, Orange County, California. It was on Monday, November 25, 2013, at about 40 minutes after midnight. No other vehicles were involved.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges against Granados at this time.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles

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Crash News Video (CBS L.A.): Anaheim, Orange County, California: Teen Bicyclist Manuel Morales Struck And Killed At North Lemon Street And Orangethorpe Avenue

A teen male has been killed when riding his bicycle. One of two drivers left the scene, making this a possible hit-and-run crime. The Los Angeles affiliate for CBS has a video on this accident. Check out the link below to watch it.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Time: About 5:30 in the morning

City / County / State: Anaheim, Orange County, California

Address: Intersection of North Lemon Street And Orangethorpe Avenue

Victims Killed:

1. Manuel Morales was 19 years old. It was not reported exactly where he lived.

Victims Injured:

none

Cause:

It isn’t clear what caused the initial accident. But some vehicle struck Morales and then left the scene of the accident. Police are looking for that vehicle and driver now. No description appears to be available, though. After the initial incident, a second car apparently could not avoid hitting the victim. This driver did stop and assist.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time. If the first driver is found, that person is at risk of being charged with a hit and run.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles Video

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Crash News Video (CBS): Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California: Eastlake Juvenile Facility Probation Officer, Ken Hamilton, Killed In Motorcycle Accident By Alleged Hit And Run Driver

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Crash News Video (CBS): Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California: Eastlake Juvenile Facility Probation Officer, Ken Hamilton, Killed In Motorcycle Accident By Alleged Hit And Run Driver

A male motorcycle rider has been killed by a car driver who allegedly left the scene of the accident. CBS Los Angeles has a video on this crash that you can see by using the link posted below.

Date: Monday, October 28, 2013

Time: About 6 in the morning

City / County / State: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California

Address: Intersection of Soto Street and Lancaster Avenue

Victims Killed:

1. Ken Hamilton was 54 years old. In addition to being a probation officer at the Eastlake Juvenile Facility, Hamilton was a baseball coach at Santiago High School. Santiago is located in Corona, California.

Victims Injured:

none

Cause:

Police believe a driver in a Honda Civic DX changed lanes to get by slower traffic ahead. The car hit Hamilton’s motorcycle as the former was changing lanes. The car did not stop.

Police believe the Honda Civic DX is a late 1990s model, is silver in color, and has 4 doors.

Criminal Charges?

Hit and run is fairly easy to prove in that authorities mostly just need to show that a driver was involved in an accident (even if totally innocently) and voluntarily left the scene without waiting for authorities to arrive.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles Video

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Crash News Video: Fontana, San Bernardino County, California: 3 Victims Killed In Citrus Avenue-Foothill Boulevard Accident – Shawn Scott, Helen Amaya, And 2-Year-Old Girl

3 people riding in one car were killed in this three-vehicle crash. At least 2 others sustained injuries. CBS Los Angeles has a video on this accident that you can watch by clicking the link below.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

Time: About 8:40 at night

City / County / State: Fontana, San Bernardino County, California

Address: Intersection of Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard

Victims Killed:

1. Shawn Scott was 33 and from Fontana.

2. Helen Amaya was 33 and from El Monte.

3. The other victim who died was a 2-year-old girl. Her name was not provided yet.

Victims Injured:

According to NBC Los Angeles, two additional victims were injured. Inland News Today says that the driver of the other car had an ankle injury. He was identified as a 24-year-old from Fontana. It is not clear who the other injured person is.

Note: There is some confusion in reporting about exactly how many people were injured. So I cannot give a definitive number here.

Cause:

Inland News Today reported that the 24-year-old driver hit the rear of the deceased victims’ vehicle as the latter was stopped at a stop light. The chain reaction then caused another vehicle to be hit.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time. Police are still trying to determine why this accident occurred.

Sources:

Inland News Today Article Identifying Victims

CBS Video

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Crash Video Files: Athens, Los Angeles, California: Olga Herrarte Killed In 120th Street Accident; Driver Fled Scene On Foot

This crash occurred in Athens, which is part of South Los Angeles, California. A woman was killed, and a driver ran away after the accident. This incident involved only one moving vehicle. But the driver crashed by slamming into multiple parked cars. It is not known what caused this to happen. At the time of the L.A. Times report linked to below, police had not found the driver, who has not been identified, either.

CBS has released a video on this crash. You can see a link to the page with the video in the Sources section below.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013

Time: About 10:45 at night

City / County / State: Athens, Los Angeles, California

Address: 120th Street, east of Budlong Avenue

Victims Killed:

1. Olga Herrarte was 48 years old. She lived in San Pedro, California.

Victims Injured:

none

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time. But if the driver is found, that person is at risk of at least a hit and run for fleeing the scene of the accident. Whether manslaughter or similar charges come into play will depend on the cause of the crash.

Sources:

LA Times

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Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California Crash News Video (CBS): Teen Giovanny Soto Killed In 3-Car Accident On The 10 Freeway; 2 Teenage Victims Injured

The Los Angeles affiliate for CBS has released a video about a three-vehicle crash that has killed one teen driver and injured two victims who were passengers. You can see the video by using the link below. This accident occurred in Santa Monica, L.A. County, California.

Note that two other vehicles did strike the first one. But occupants of those vehicles were not injured. And they were not publicly identified.

Where:

10 Freeway, close to the McClure Tunnel

When:

Saturday, September 14, 2013, at about 1:30 in the morning

Victim:

Teen Giovanny Soto was 19 years old. He lived in Bell, California.

Names of the injured passengers were not released. But they were also two males teens of 19 and 16 years of age. These two victims sustained only minor injuries.

Cause:

Police believe that Soto lost control of his vehicle when he was both drunk and speeding. He crashed when hitting a guardrail. The vehicle then caught on fire.

Criminal Charges:

Passengers are generally not criminally responsible for the drunk driving of the driver even if they were drinking together. So even if blood tests confirm that Soto was drunk and they were partying together, the passengers would generally not be responsible. There are all sorts of exceptions to this. But for now, no one has been charged in this accident.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles Video About Crash And Death Of Teen Giovanny Soto And Injury To 2 Passengers In Santa Monica, California

Winnetka, California Crash News Video (CBS): Sandra Escobedo And Unborn Baby Killed, Daniel Magdaleno Alvarez Expected To Be Arrested

The Los Angeles affiliate for CBS has a video about the tragic crash and death of a woman and her unborn baby, in Winnetka, California. The man driving the car that the woman was occupying is suspected of reckless driving.

Where:

Near the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Hart Street

When:

Thursday, July 25, 2013, at about 5:30 in the afternoon

Victims:

1. Sandra Escobedo was the pregnant woman killed in this 2-vehicle accident.

2. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries. That victim was not identified.

Suspect And Cause:

Daniel Magdaleno Alvarez was driving the car where Escobedo was a passenger. Police believe he was driving recklessly by making an unsafe U-turn. He is not suspected of drunk driving but was operating the vehicle without a license.

Criminal Charges:

There is no word yet on specific criminal charges. The report simply states that Alvarez is expected to be arrested soon. At the time of the report, he was still in the hospital but was expected to survive.

Sources:

CBS Los Angeles Report On Traffic Death of Sandra Escobedo And Her Unborn Baby, Allegedly Due To Reckless Driving By Daniel Magdaleno Alvarez