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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.
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.
September 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The pilot of a medical helicopter twice radioed for help in foggy weather before crashing, killing four of the five people on board in the latest of a growing number of air ambulance accidents, authorities said Sunday. The helicopter was carrying victims of a traffic accident when it went down in a suburban Washington park about midnight Saturday.
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.
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