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Wrong-Way Crash Kills Six

Wrong-Way Crash Kills Six

An early Sunday morning crash killed six people in a wrong-way, three-car pileup in Diamond Bar.

Authorities say 21-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath was drunk when she was driving her 2013 Chevrolet Camaro the wrong way on the westbound 60 Freeway.

She hit two other vehicles, killing two people in her car, and four people in a red Ford Explorer. The driver of the third car, Joel Cortez, 57, of Ontario, suffered only minor injuries. He is home recovering.

The Camaro driver, Culbreath, is listed in stable condition and will be arrested on suspicion of DUI causing great bodily injury and manslaughter when she’s released, the California Highway Patrol said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Investigators “believe from what they found in the vehicle that alcohol was involved, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Witnesses say that Culbreath may have been driving in excess of 100 mph at the time of the crash. She is suspected of DUI.

DMV records show Culbreath has had her license suspended numerous times in connection with excessive blood-alcohol levels. At the time of the accident, her license was revoked. Culbreath was just 17 years old when she was convicted in juvenile court on April 13, 2010, of driving drunk, DMV officials said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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Source: Los Angeles Times


Woman found shot dead in downtown Los Angeles

Woman found shot dead in downtown Los Angeles

Source: flickr/Tex Texin via Creative Commons

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 27-year-old woman. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding whoever fatally shot the 27-year-old woman inside a vehicle in downtown Los Angeles.

Officers discovered 27-year-old Sonia Soto slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in the 600 block of Santa Fe Avenue in Los Angeles late Friday night. She was found with a single gunshot wound according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Soto was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said when paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived. No other information about the scene or circumstances surrounding the shooting have been released. There are currently no leads on potential suspect(s) who could have committed the crime.

Investigators are working to determine if there was a motive for the crime, yet are asked for the public’s help Saturday for any information that could be helpful.

Anyone with information about the shooting are asked to contact the Los Angeles police Department at 877-527-3247, or leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

More information will be released once it is made available from the Los Angeles Police Department. A coroner’s report is also not yet available.

If you need a car accident lawyer call The Accident Attorneys Group at 877-857-7720.

Source: KTLA


Teen killed in violent car crash that injured four others

Teen killed in violent car crash that injured four others

Source: KABC-TV Los Angeles

A teen was killed when the car he and four other passengers were riding in crashed violently early Saturday morning. The teen killed was identified as 17-year-old Daniel Solis, of Downey.

The crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday on Rosecrans Ave. and Lakewood Blvd. According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the driver hit a curb and wrought-iron fence, causing the vehicle to roll over onto its roof, and then crash into a tree.

It’s suspected the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control. Alcohol is also being considered a contributing factor.

Four out of five people were ejected from the car during the crash. All were taken to nearby hospitals. Solis was listed in critical condition, but later died. The other four passengers were all listed in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery and survive.

No other information of those involved in the accident was readily available, officials said.

The driver of the car, 22-year-old Eddie Solis and brother to the deceased Daniel Solis, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, according to authorities.

The crash remains under investigation by officials.

If you need a car accident lawyer call The Accident Attorneys Group at 877-857-7720.

Source: KABC-TV Los Angeles and Los Angeles Times


More people now die of suicide than in car accidents

More people now die of suicide than in car accidents

Source: (IIHS)

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released in May, there were 33,687 deaths from car accidents and 38,364 suicides in 2010.

Suicide, typically viewed as an issue with teens and the elderly, is increasing amongst middle-aged Americans, ages 35-64; many baby boomers are facing economic uncertainty that is then combined with easy access to prescription painkillers. Poisoning deaths were up 24 percent over the 10-year period from 1999 to 2010.

From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 13.7. While suicide rate is up amongst both middle-aged men and women, the suicide rate for middle-aged men was 27.3 deaths per 100,000, while for women it was 8.1 deaths per 100,000.

“It is the baby boomer group where we see the highest rates of suicide,” said the C.D.C.’s deputy director, Ileana Arias, in an interview with The New York Times. “There may be something about that group, and how they think about life issues and their life choices that may make a difference.” Dr. Arias noted that the higher suicide rates might be due to a series of life and financial circumstances unique to the baby boomer generation. They are often coping with caring for aging parents while still providing financial and emotional support to adult children.

The increase in suicides is unsettling as there is still a stigma around it.

You can read the CDC’s report here.

If you need a car accident lawyer call The Accident Attorneys Group at 877-857-7720.

Source: The New York Times


14-Year-Old Killed in Crash, brother survives

A 14-year-old boy died Sunday after the truck his 16-year-old brother was driving crashed. The accident occurred on Teal Road in Clarksburg, Calif. It took rescue crews almost 20 minutes to reach the rural area. The 16-year-old was uninjured in the crash.

The identities of the teens have yet to be released. The California Highway Patrol said the brothers were out hunting together before the deadly accident occurred.

The gravel road is narrow where the accident took place and an easy spot for the driver to loose control of the vehicle. Good Samaritans in the area heard the crash and rushed to help the 14-year-old boy while his brother waited for his parents to arrive.

His parents were in shock as they watched as people tired to rescue their son.

“We were afraid the car would tilt over even more and go all the way in the water,” said Itzayana Medina in an interview with CBS 13 Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash and are unsure if the boy drowned or died from injuries sustained in the crash.

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More Gun Fire in Santa Monica

English: Santa Monica College Boardwalk, 2011.

English: Santa Monica College Boardwalk, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Los Angeles grieves for those affected by the Friday shooting at Santa Monica College. And its grief must now be extended as more victims have been added to the list of the city’s shootings.

Early Tuesday morning, just blocks away from the anguished college, police responded to a report of shots fired. Two men were taken to the hospital.

The shooting occurred on the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue and police arrived around 8:20 a.m.

Each victim was in serious condition and were both taken for medical operations. However, one man has died due to his injuries. The other victim’s current condition is unknown.

According to the police, the suspect was possibly driving a blue Infiniti. The shooter approached the two men in an alley and began firing shots at them and then left.

Police are still investigating the attack and searching for the suspect and the vehicle.

Friday’s shooting in Santa Monica was conducted by John Zawahri, a 23-year-old former student of the college. He first went to his childhood home and killed his father and brother. He then traveled to the campus where he killed three more victims and injured others until police came bearing arms. Zawahri was shot and died later from the injuries.

Los Angeles can only hope that the police apprehend this new shooter and the two men and their families receive justice.

If you or someone you know has been injured in any type of accident, contact a Los Angeles Injury Attorney who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing claims; and receiving the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of fatalities.


Newport Beach Crash Kills Five

English: Newport Center in Newport Beach, Cali...

English: Newport Center in Newport Beach, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fatal car accident has been officially cleared off of the road early this morning. The scene included a burnt car split in half and dead bodies.

In Newport Beach on Monday afternoon, a car carrying five passengers struck a tree and then proceeded to split in two and catch fire. All passengers have been declared dead.

The Infiniti crashed on Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive. Upon impact, four out of the five travelers were ejected from the vehicle and died on site; however, one passenger was found only partially ejected and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The injuries were too grave, though and the fifth passenger died before reaching a doctor.

The passengers have yet to be identified; however, it has been reported that they are five teenagers from the Irvine area. There were three women and two men involved in the accident.

The accident did not include any other vehicles and the cause is still being investigated. At this point, it is unknown whether speed or alcohol was a factor in the crash; but every possibility is being explored.

The scene was officially cleared at 3:50 a.m. this morning.

This accident has been named the worst that has been seen by officers. Fatal accidents are always tragic, but ones that involve so many victims and those that are so young are especially unfortunate.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident, contact an injury lawyer in order to make your first step toward recovery.


Los Angeles Jogger Attacked and Killed by Four Pit Bulls

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español:...

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 63-year-old woman was attacked by at least four tan-colored pit bull terriers Thursday morning. The provocation of the attack is unknown, but a witness driving by spotted the dogs mauling the jogger and attempted to disperse them.

The witness called the police and honked her horn to chase them away. When the police arrived, there was still one dog on the scene. The dog initially ran away, but then came back and attacked the officer as well. He attempted to shoot the dog, but missed and the dog ran off into the desert.

Los Angeles and neighboring cities have been warned to watch out for the dogs. It has been reported that the dogs have attacked people before and have been seen roaming around the city.

The jogger died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and currently the coroner’s office is looking for cause of death.

It is likely, given the area, that these dogs were dumped by a previous owner. It is unclear currently whether the dogs had collars or identification, but because they look similar it is plausible that they have come from the same place.

Dog bites and attacks obviously can be very serious and even fatal. If this happens to you, or someone that you know, it is helpful to have an attorney on your side. Contact AAG today to find out what rights you deserve as a victim.


Reward Considered in Efforts to Solve a Los Angeles Hit and Run Case

Bicycle after collision, Scott and Haight

Bicycle after collision, Scott and Haight (Photo credit: Salim Virji)

On March 24, 18-year-old David Granados was killed after being hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Valley Glen. The driver, suspected to own a 2000 or 2004 Mercedes Benz M-Class SUV, hit the bicyclist and then sped away without stopping to help. Now Los Angeles is considering offering a $50,000 reward to find the driver who killed Granados.

Granados was riding his bike, crossing Oxnard St. on Bellaire Avenue when the vehicle ran a red light going westbound on Oxnard and hit him in the intersection. Surveillance cameras show the accident; however, the identity of the driver is unclear in the footage as well as the exact model of the car.

The 18-year-old was immediately taken to the hospital, but died the next day.

The City Council must approve the reward before it can be allowed; however, if there is any information about the case, contact the police immediately.

Bicycle accidents occur frequently, especially in Los Angeles. Not all streets have bike lanes, and even the ones that do cannot always encompass a cyclist sufficiently due to traffic, construction zones, buses, etc. While driving in a vehicle, it is crucial to be aware of everything that surrounds the car. That includes motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto, bicycle, motorcycle or hit and run accident, contact the Accident Attorneys’ Group today to get the help that you need.