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March 1, 2008 | Richard Marosi
A clergyman from San Diego who had been reported missing last week was found dead in a Tijuana apartment Wednesday night, the apparent victim of a drug overdose, according to Mexican authorities. The Rev. Charles Lanier, 51, pastor of Unity Fellowship Church, had not been seen since he told friends two weeks ago that he was going to a local supermarket. His car was found Feb. 22 near the border in San Ysidro in a parking lot that is used by people who cross into Mexico by foot. Lanier was a recovering substance abuser, said the Rev. Russell Thornhill, a spokesman for the church.
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A small police plane crashed onto a sports field in Chile's capital Wednesday, killing all six people aboard and five on the ground, authorities reported. The Cessna 210 was approaching the small Tobalaba airport when it went down in the Penalolen district, where residents were taking part in an exercise class sponsored by the city, Chile's air force and local officials said. Five people on the ground were also injured.
February 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
American Airlines defended its staff as professional and its equipment as sound after a review of a passenger's in- flight death, despite her family's claims that the crew ignored her pleas until it was too late. Carine Desir, 44, was pronounced dead Friday on a nearly full Haiti-to-New York flight by a pediatrician who said he tried to use the plane's defibrillator on her as she faded, but her pulse was too weak for it to work. Airline spokesman Charley Wilson said three flight attendants helped Desir, but "stepped back" after doctors and nurses on the flight began to help her.
February 25, 2008 | Carla Rivera
A man who walked away from a psychiatric care facility last week was discovered unconscious in a Manhattan Beach swimming pool early Sunday in an apparent accidental drowning, police said. People inside the home heard their back gate open and their dog growl early Sunday, said police Sgt. Mark Mason. They looked outside and found nothing amiss, but later heard a yell and called police. Officers were dispatched to the home in the 1100 block of Ronda Drive near Sepulveda Boulevard about 2 a.m., Mason said.
February 23, 2008 | Monte Morin
Three motorists were reported killed in a chain-reaction accident in the eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway on Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident occurred at 9:23 p.m. near Madison Street, and may have been caused by a wrong-way driver. Eastbound traffic was stopped for more than two hours, backing vehicles up for several miles. -- Monte Morin
February 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Air Force fighter pilot died after his jet and another apparently collided during a training exercise and crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said. The other pilot was expected to survive. The single-seat F-15C Eagles crashed off the Florida Panhandle, said Col. Todd Harmer, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, 58th Fighter Squadron. The pilots had ejected and were later pulled out of the water. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
February 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who drove his car into a crowd of street-racing fans tried to stop by slamming on the brakes and is traumatized by the tragedy that left eight people dead, his guardian said in Waldorf. Darren Bullock, 20, has been "like a zombie" ever since the crash along an isolated stretch of highway early Saturday, said James Walls, who raised Bullock from childhood. Bullock was driving his brother home from a band practice session shortly before 4 a.m. when he ran into spectators standing in the road, Walls said.
February 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
At least 555 people -- including more than 100 children -- died in all-terrain vehicle accidents in 2006. Government safety officials expect the number to go much higher as they receive information from coroners and hospitals nationwide. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that an additional 146,600 people were treated in emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries -- more than a quarter of them children. The industry contends it's not the ATV but the driver that's the problem.
February 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Two men and two women are dead after their off-road motorcycles collided in a rural area south of here. The California Highway Patrol said four people riding on two dirt bikes between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. were riding toward each other when they collided. Authorities have not confirmed the riders' identities.
February 1, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Two small planes that collided in midair over Corona last month and killed five people never swerved to avoid contact, indicating that the pilots may not have spotted one another even though it was a clear day, according to a preliminary report released Thursday. Witnesses told investigators that the Cessna 172 and Cessna 150 flew toward each other for at least five seconds before the collision, the National Transportation Safety Board report stated. One plane was flying north and the other was flying east, according to a witness cited in the report.
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