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January 17, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and MAYRAV SAAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Casting doubt upon a Houston man's story that his co-worker fell to her death from a City of Industry hotel balcony while the two were having sex, Los Angeles County coroner's officials Thursday ruled the woman's death a homicide. Sandra Orellana, 27, was "assisted" in toppling over the balcony railing outside her room at the Industry Hills Sheraton in November and plunging 11 stories to her death, coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier said. Thursday's was just the latest twist in the macabre case.
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December 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra,
Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics responded to an intersection in Woodland Hills on Thursday night after a three-car crash left five people injured, three of them critically. Katherine Main of the Los Angeles City Fire Department said the crash was reported about 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of Oakdale Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. She said two of the patients were in fair condition. One of the three critically injured patients had to be extricated from a car using the “jaws of life,” Main said.
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January 4, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Intravenous fluids given to a trauma victim at an accident site may not be the best treatment and in many cases may actually be counterproductive, increasing the risk that a patient will die, researchers said Tuesday. Taking the time to insert an IV line may delay getting the patient to the hospital where treatment can be initiated and administering fluids may not be the most appropriate treatment, according to the study, published online in the Annals of Surgery ahead of publication in the February issue of the journal.
SPORTS
November 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
More than a year after sustaining serious injuries in an off-season car accident, former top outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio will be back in spring training with the Dodgers. Silverio, who was sidelined for all of 2012, was re-signed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league camp. The Dodgers have signed six other players to similar contracts: catcher Wilkin Castillo, infielders Ozzie Martinez and Nick Evans, right-handers Juan Abreu and Gregory Infante, and left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz.
NEWS
July 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly the entire population of a tiny French village gathered for the funeral of three victims of a cable car accident that killed 20 people. Shops and public offices in Saint-Etienne-en-Devoluy were closed in mourning. The three coffins were carried by ski school monitors to the village church, where a crowd of 500 people overflowed outside. The other 17 victims from Thursday's accident were buried in their hometowns in the southern Alps region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1991 | VIVIAN LOUIE
Two Ventura residents were still hospitalized Wednesday after separate traffic accidents, authorities said. Tiffany Ann Dixon, 8, was injured at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday as she was crossing Prospect and Olive streets, police said. Jose Avila, 18, of Oxnard was driving south on Olive Street when his car struck her, police said. Tiffany was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition on Wednesday, hospital spokeswoman Darla Lowery said.
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October 20, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU
A 55-year-old Lake Forest woman who died in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday night has been identified as Marilyn Matloff. Matloff, who suffered massive head injuries in the 7:57 p.m. accident, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. He said witnesses told authorities that Matloff's 1993 Chevy Lumina veered into a utility pole as she was westbound on Lake Forest Drive near Trabuco Road in Lake Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1997
More than three years after a hit-and-run traffic accident in Baldwin Park, officials have finally learned the identity of a comatose bicyclist. Sheriff's investigators said a man found an old newspaper story about deputies' efforts to identify the cyclist. Knowing that Armando Perez had been missing since the time of the accident, the man contacted Perez's family and told them about the article. On Sunday, Maria Gutierrez of Azusa identified her brother, Deputy Debra Glafkidessaid.
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November 29, 1994 | ERIC SLATER
Friends of a 6-year-old Granada Hills girl who was struck by a car in September and is just now coming out of a coma have planned a musical fund-raiser to help offset her medical costs. The benefit for Mary Beth Holliday will be held Sunday at the Palomino, 6907 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, and will feature 10 musical acts, including Ronnie Mack, Gary Eaton and Russell Scott and the Red Hots. The first act will appear at noon, with festivities lasting until 6 p.m.
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August 11, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER
Two sisters remained hospitalized Monday after being struck by a car while trying to cross Coast Highway, police said. Stacey Schaffer, 23, of Vista and her sister, Michelle Schaffer, 25, of Irvine were running south across Coast Highway on Sunday when they were hit by a 1988 Volkswagen that was traveling west, police said. The accident occurred near the Newport Boulevard intersection shortly before 9 p.m. Both women suffered broken left legs and arms and internal injuries, police said.
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July 27, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Victims of the 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth told an aide to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday that they were disappointed in Congress' failure to increase a railroad liability cap that left them inadequately compensated for their injuries and financial losses. About 20 victims and relatives of those killed in the collision with a Union Pacific freight train met privately at the Simi Valley Library with Molly O'Brien, a field representative for the Democratic senator from California.
NEWS
January 4, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Intravenous fluids given to a trauma victim at an accident site may not be the best treatment and in many cases may actually be counterproductive, increasing the risk that a patient will die, researchers said Tuesday. Taking the time to insert an IV line may delay getting the patient to the hospital where treatment can be initiated and administering fluids may not be the most appropriate treatment, according to the study, published online in the Annals of Surgery ahead of publication in the February issue of the journal.
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September 3, 2009 | Jean Merl
A Hawthorne driver who struck a 72-year-old pedestrian, forced the woman into her car and sped off has been sentenced to state prison, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Alexis Lewis, 27, got a five-year term after pleading no contest to one count of kidnapping. As a result of the May 26 plea bargain, one count of felony evading police and three counts of child endangerment were dismissed at the sentencing. Earlier that month, Lewis left her three children -- ages 2, 3 and 4 -- unattended at home and set off in her car. After hitting the woman at a Hawthorne intersection, Lewis stopped briefly, got out and pushed the woman into her car and drove off. As Lewis sped away, an undercover police officer arrived and notified other officers.
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August 10, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The message of the proposed freeway signs doesn't seem controversial, memorializing individuals killed in traffic accidents and urging California motorists to drive safely. But a proposal to allow families to pay the California Department of Transportation to put up dozens of such signs along state highways has been caught up in a revolt by environmentalists against what they see as the growing clutter of signs and billboards along California roadways. The latest flare-up involves plans to expand a program that allows families to pay $1,000 to cover the cost of signs that read, "Please Don't Drink and Drive -- In Memory of . . ."
WORLD
April 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A helicopter returning from a North Sea oil platform went down off the northeast coast of Scotland with 16 people on board, and police said at least eight were killed. Scotland's Grampian Police said eight bodies had been recovered from the sea and that the search for the other passengers was continuing. A spokesman for the BP oil company said the helicopter was working for the company and was returning to Britain from an offshore oil field.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Utah woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her long fingernails has lost them in a car crash. Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident Tuesday. Redmond's nails, which hadn't been cut since 1979, were broken in the crash. According to the Guinness website, her nails measured a total of more than 28 feet long in 2008, with the longest nail on her right thumb at 2 feet, 11 inches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1999
The City Council approved the largest legal settlement in city history Friday, awarding a victim of a traffic accident $11 million. After a closed session, the council voted 11 to 0 without comment to approve the costly settlement. Pedro Espinoza, 52, was crossing 6th Street at the corner of Burlington Avenue when he was hit by a car driven by a Los Angeles police officer.
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August 31, 1995 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART
As she recovers in a hospital, spending her days learning to walk again, 7-year-old Yesenia (Vanessa) Medina is on the minds of family members, friends--and even strangers. Since the Aug. 11 accident that killed her parents and her brother, Yesenia's family has received numerous calls and cards from well-wishers and a fund has been set up in the family's name to assist the little girl.
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