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December 21, 2008 | Tony Perry
Two people died in the crash of a single-engine plane in a rural area of northeast San Diego County, the county medical examiner's office said Saturday. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the Warner Springs area off Highway 79, about 50 miles from downtown San Diego, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane, a Beech Bonanza, was registered to a Las Vegas resident, but the plane's destination was unclear, the FAA said. The victims have not been identified. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said that no structures were damaged and that there were no injuries other than to the two people aboard the plane.
December 8, 2008 | Dan Weikel
Authorities were trying to determine whether a motorist who died early Sunday was engaged in a high-speed street race with another young man. Sheriff's deputies said two cars were traveling side by side on Alondra Boulevard near Leibacher Avenue about 6 a.m., when one driver ran a red light and swerved head-on into a tree and light pole. Deputies said the driver of the other vehicle was arrested on a charge of vehicular manslaughter. -- Dan Weikel
December 2, 2008 | Joanna Lin and Jean Merl, Lin and Merl are Times staff writers.
A 14-year-old boy was killed and four other teenagers were injured Monday when a van jumped a curb and slammed into a bus shelter in South Gate. The crash occurred on Firestone Boulevard at Otis Street about 3:30 p.m., just after classes let out for the day at South Gate Middle School, across the street from the crowded bus stop, South Gate police said.
November 15, 2008 | Associated Press
The turbulent wake of a large passenger plane probably caused the fatal crash of a government jet carrying Mexico's second-highest official, Transportation Secretary Luis Tellez said Friday. A preliminary investigation found that the jet's pilots were slow to follow tower instructions to reduce the plane's speed and appeared to be nearly one nautical mile too close behind a Boeing 767-300 on the same flight path to Mexico City's airport, Tellez said at a news conference. Among the 14 killed Nov.
November 9, 2008 | Times Wire Services
More than 20 people died in an accident aboard a nuclear- powered Russian navy submarine in the Pacific, the navy said. The accident occurred when a fire-extinguishing system went into operation in error, navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said. He said the reactor was working normally and radiation levels were normal. Dygalo said the dead included sailors and shipbuilders. The navy has been plagued by deadly accidents. In August 2000, the Kursk nuclear submarine exploded and sank in the Barents Sea, killing its entire crew of 118.
October 26, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Bermudez is a Times staff writer.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who stood out for his youthful energy, despite being one of the older recruits to join the force, died Friday afternoon four years after a car struck him, sending him into a long-term coma. He was 44. Randy Hamson was investigating a traffic accident one night in 2004 along a poorly lighted highway in Santa Clarita when he spotted a passing car with its headlights turned off, officials at his local sheriff's station said.
October 26, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
An SUV carrying four high school cheerleaders hit an oncoming car whose passengers included a pregnant woman and a baby on a wet, foggy highway in rural northeastern Tennessee, killing four people, authorities said Saturday. The SUV hydroplaned on a curve on the two-lane highway late Friday night, flipped on its side and crossed the center lane, slamming into an oncoming Ford Taurus, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Laura McPherson said. The SUV erupted into flames. Three of the girls in the SUV died.
October 20, 2008 | Harriet Ryan
Dive teams are scheduled to resume searching harbor waters this morning for the body of a fisherman who fell overboard Sunday and is presumed dead. The 50-year-old man was thrown from a small boat off Pier J about 11:30 a.m. when a companion operating the watercraft made a sudden turn, said a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department. Several agencies, including the Coast Guard, dispatched rescue boats to the area about 75 feet beyond the breakwater but did not find the man, who was not identified.
October 4, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta
The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its two-day search off the San Pedro coast for two missing boaters, one of whom is the brother of U.S. Reps. Loretta and Linda T. Sanchez of California. The search, which began Thursday morning, covered more than 300 square miles south of the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles before being called off Friday afternoon with neither boater found, said Coast Guard Capt. Paul Wiedenhoeft. The Sanchez sisters said in a statement that their brother, Henry Sanchez, 51, and his girlfriend, Penny Avila, 48, are the two missing boaters.
September 30, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
At 11:30 on the morning of Sept. 19, some 60 engineers and conductors gathered at a modest La Crescenta house. They had come to memorialize Robert Sanchez, the engineer killed a week earlier when the Metrolink train he was driving collided with a Union Pacific freight train.
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