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September 28, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez
A 51-year-old Los Angeles woman was killed and five others were injured Friday in a three-car crash on the westbound 22 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday. The collision happened east of the Brookhurst Street exit at 11:04 p.m. One car slammed into two other vehicles that, for an unknown reason, had come to a halt in one of the lanes, according to the CHP. Gale Sosa, a passenger in the first car that was rear-ended, died three hours later at UCI Medical Center.
September 22, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and disc jockey Adam Goldstein remained in critical condition Sunday after a fiery crash that killed four people when their Learjet skidded off a runway in South Carolina. The four who died were from Southern California, including the plane's two pilots, who thought a tire had blown out just before the crash.
September 21, 2008 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Coasting out of Chatsworth at 4:22 p.m., Doyle Souser had caught an early train home from work to cook his family a nice tri-tip for dinner. Charles Peck had just wrapped up an interview for a job he hoped would land him in Southern California so he could marry his fiancee. Aida Magdaleno, a farmworker's daughter studying at Cal State Northridge, was on her way home to attend her nephew's baptism. They didn't know one another.
September 18, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Still in a daze from the crash, Donald Ashman walked over to the first body. Ashman knelt down and lifted a corner of a white blanket covering the body, placed his hand on the man's forehead and said the words he had said so many times before, almost always at a hospital: "May God Almighty have mercy upon thee, forgive thee thy sins and bring thee to everlasting life." The prayer took just a few seconds.
September 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A plane carrying 88 people crashed in central Russia early today killing all aboard, an emergency official said. The Boeing 737 traveling from Moscow to Perm went down about 3:40 a.m., said Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova. The plane, operated by a division of Aeroflot, was on its approach to land in Perm when it crashed into an unpopulated area of the city, she said. The plane carried 82 passengers, including seven children, and six crew members, she said.
July 3, 2008 | Jessica Garrison
A woman died Wednesday morning, hours after her motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle in Compton, authorities said. The woman, 41, was driving south on Central Avenue about 11 p.m. Tuesday when she struck a green sport utility vehicle that was turning left onto El Segundo Boulevard. No one in the sport utility vehicle was injured. -- Jessica Garrison
April 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An army helicopter crashed during anti-narcotics operations in western Mexico, killing 11 soldiers. Witnesses said they heard the engine of the Bell 212 helicopter cut out as it tried to land in a rural area of Michoacan state. Michoacan's green hills and avocado fields hide methamphetamine labs and landing strips for planes moving cocaine to the United States.
April 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 18 people were injured when a boat carrying Louisiana prison employees collided with another vessel on the Mississippi River. Louisiana State Penitentiary spokeswoman Kathy Fontenot said at least two people were seriously hurt. The crash occurred during a shift change. The Coast Guard said all aboard had been accounted for.
April 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Two Americans and one Norwegian on a South African shark-cage diving trip drowned when their boat was capsized by a freak wave, tourism and rescue officials said. Nearby boats rescued 16 people from the boat, who were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said. The two Americans and one Norwegian were pronounced dead at the scene, said Mariette Hopley, who heads the Great White Shark Protection Foundation. She said the remaining passengers and crew had minor injuries and shock.
April 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The California Highway Patrol is recommending that criminal charges be filed against a sheriff's deputy who killed two cyclists after crashing his patrol car into a group of them. The CHP report came after a monthlong investigation into the incident, and says Santa Clara County prosecutors should file two charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter against Deputy James Council, 27. Council was on patrol March 9 when his car smashed into a group of bicyclists on a training ride.
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