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3 Road Deaths Linked to First Storm of Season

November 10, 1998

LOS ANGELES — The first storm of the season dumped more than an inch of rain in some neighborhoods, dusted the mountains with snow and is believed responsible for at least three road deaths.

The storm blew in late Saturday and cleared within 24 hours. Another storm was forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

One person was killed and another was injured at about 8 a.m. when a car went off a wet road, ran into a power pole and overturned on a road in the Santa Monica Mountains, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said.

Two women in a car were killed when the driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a concrete divider while driving north on the San Diego Freeway near Interstate 605 at about 12:35 a.m. Sunday, CHP Sgt. Mike Brey said.

Kosal Uth, 23, of Long Beach, and her passenger Davina Lara New, 24, were killed and two others were slightly injured.

Thirteen people, including nine children, were injured in a three-car collision on the Harbor Freeway in Gardena at about 11 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Ten people were taken to a hospital, including three in critical condition, he said. The weather downed power lines and shortened transformers, causing scattered power outages for about 5,000 people across the Los Angeles area.

Thousands of customers were temporarily left in the dark in suburban Santa Clarita, Montebello and Whittier.

In the San Bernardino Mountains, snow dusted the ground in Big Bear City. Snow levels may drop to about 6,000 feet in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains.

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