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 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 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 News Video: Cambridge, Isanti County, Minnesota: Teen Colin Nathaniel Larson Killed In Bicycle Accident At Hillary Circle And 329th Avenue

In this crash, a car driven by a teenager struck another teen who was riding a bicycle. It is not totally clear at this time who had the right of way. But the CBS report says there was a stop sign at the intersection on Hillary Circle, and that it was the bicyclist who was on Hillary Circle.

To be clear, though, the report does not state exactly where the bike was when it was hit. So we can’t really say if the teen boy on the bicycle was at fault. There just isn’t enough information to make that determination. However, the teen car driver has not been charged with any crimes or received any traffic tickets.

You can see a CBS video on this accident by clicking on the link below.

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time: About 3 in the afternoon

City / County / State: Cambridge, Isanti County, Minnesota

Address: Intersection of Hillary Circle And 329th Avenue

Victims Killed:

1. Colin Nathaniel Larson was 13 years old. He lived in Cambridge.

Victims Injured:

none

Car Driver:

This boy is 16. He was not identified by name.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time.

Sources:

CBS Minnesota Video

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Crash News Video (CBS Chicago): Glenview, Illinois: Korean Couple Won Suk Rim And Jung Ran Min Killed In Accident With Skokie Garbage Truck; 3rd Victim Also Killed

The Chicago affiliate for CBS has released a video about a crash involving a Skokie garbage truck that has killed 3 victims. A Korean couple has died, and a 3rd (unidentified) person in the same car was killed.

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

City / County / State: Glenview, Illinois

Address: Intersection of Harlem and Harrison

Victims Killed:

1. Husband Won Suk Rim was 57.

2. Wife Jung Ran Min was 52.

3. The 3rd victim remains unidentified.

According to Patch, the couple worked at the San Soo Gab San Korean BBQ restaurant.

Victims Injured:

The driver of the truck was not injured. He has not been identified in any of the reports I have seen on this crash.

Cause:

At least according to Skokie authorities, the victims’ car failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign, causing the garbage truck to collide with the car.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time.

Sources:

CBS Chicago Video

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Crash News Video: Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey: 3 Killed In Route 27 Accident – Mohammed Zia, Ali Behzad, And An Unidentified Teen Driver (15)

An underage teen driver has been killed in this two-vehicle crash. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle also died. All of these victims lived in the Edison, New Jersey area.

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Time: About 30 minutes after midnight

City / County / State: Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Address: Route 27

Victims Killed:

1. The 15-year-old male teen driver had not yet been identified at the time of writing.

2. Mohammed Zia was 46.

3. Ali Behzad was 35.

Victims Injured:

none

Cause:

The only information available at this point is that the two vehicles collided.

Criminal Charges?

One of the things to figure out is how this underage driver managed to get behind the wheel. Did he take someone’s car without permission? Did some adult allow him to take the car without supervision? This is something the authorities will be trying to find out.

CBS New York has a video on this accident. You can click the link below to watch it.

Sources:

My Central Jersey

CBS New York Video

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Byron, Contra Costa County, California Crash News Video (CBS): 12-Year-Old Burgess Hu Struck And Killed In Bicycle-SUV Accident Near Excelsior Middle School

A 12-year-old middle school student has been struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Byron, California. This accident occurred near where the boy attends classes, which is Excelsior Middle School. Excelsior is located at 14301 Byron Highway. The crash was on Monday, September 23, 2013, at about 7:45 in the morning. CBS San Francisco has a video on this accident that you can see by clicking on the link below.

Note that the woman who struck the boy has not been publicly identified. She has not been charged with any crimes. This driver is apparently from Discovery Bay, California. That was not certain because it was just based upon vehicle ownership. Discovery Bay and Byron are both in Contra Costa County.

The victim was Burgess Hu. He was 12 years old and lived in Discovery Bay.

Cause:

The mother of some other students dropped them off at school and then pulled into Byron Highway. That is when she accidentally hit the victim. Burgess Hu died even though he was wearing a safety helmet. Police believe this was a low-speed incident. They do not suspect the woman of speeding.

Sources:

San Francisco Chronicle Report On Burgess Hu’s Bicycle Accident And Death

CBS San Francisco Video

Big Beaver Borough, Pennsylvania Crash News Video: Cement Truck Driver, Wallace A. Brown, Killed In 1-Vehicle Accident At Interstate 376 And Wallace Run Road

A man has been killed in the crash of a cement truck in Big Beaver Borough, Pennsylvania (Beaver County). There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident. This incident occurred at the intersection of Interstate 376 And Wallace Run Road. It was close to 2 in the afternoon, on Monday, September 23, 2013. CBS Pittsburgh has a video on this crash that you can see by clicking the link below.

The driver who was killed is Wallace A. Brown. He was 67 years old and lived in New Castle, Pennsylvania. New Castle is in Lawrence County.

Cause:

Brown was making a turn onto Interstate 376 after driving on Wallace Run Road. Somehow, the truck tipped over and hit a guardrail and embankment. It was not known whether Wallace was wearing his seat belt. CBS did mention that a tire blowout may have played a factor.

Sources:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article On Cement Truck Crash That Killed Wallace A. Brown In Big Beaver Borough, Pennsylvania

CBS Pittsburgh Video