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December 1, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The father of a 7-year-old boy killed at a Westminster bus stop by a driver reaching for his cellphone stood in front of the hospital where his wife lay in critical condition Thursday to demand that justice be done. "This is a crime," Manuel Rojas, 35, told reporters gathered near the entrance of the UCI Medical Center in Orange. "Today my wife asked, 'What about my son?' I had to tell her that he died."
November 30, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A man reaching for his cellphone Wednesday lost control of his SUV and slammed into a family waiting at a Westminster bus stop, killing a boy and injuring his mother and two sisters, police said. The boy, whom police described as about 9 years old, was declared dead at the scene.
July 2, 2006 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Wendy Whitaker cannot live in her new home, a 106-year-old bungalow with rocking chairs on its front porch and an American flag flying from its white picket fence. A month after Whitaker, 26, bought the house in Harlem, a small town in northeastern Georgia, police officers informed her that it was within 1,000 feet of a child-care center. Whitaker is a registered sex offender: When she was 17, she had consensual sex with a 15-year-old boy.
December 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 24-year-old woman was killed at a bus stop when the teenage driver of a speeding car collided with another car and careened onto a sidewalk early Wednesday -- injuring himself and the other driver. Daniel Erez, 18, of Santa Monica was driving a 2000 Saturn east on Santa Monica Boulevard about 70 mph at 9:20 a.m. when he swerved into westbound lanes, passed stopped cars and slammed into a Toyota Corolla heading north on Barrington Avenue.
October 10, 2005 | From Times Staff Writers
A man suspected of killing three people near a bus stop Thursday when he crashed a tow truck onto a crowded Vernon sidewalk has been charged with murder, auto theft and parole violation, police said. Raymond David Bermudez, 29, was booked Saturday after being released from a hospital. Bermudez had been paroled from state prison hours before he allegedly stole a tow truck and crashed it into the bus stop at Vernon and Santa Fe avenues.
October 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The three people killed when a stolen tow truck crashed into a crowded bus stop have been identified as Rosa Carrera, 34, Juana Rios, 43, and Daniel Donrantes, 35, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Saturday. They were hit Thursday when the truck swerved onto a sidewalk at Vernon and Santa Fe avenues. The driver, Raymond David Bermudez, 29, had been paroled from state prison hours earlier. The truck was stolen from a repair shop in Huntington Park, police said.
October 8, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A man who allegedly crashed a stolen tow truck into a crowded Vernon bus stop, killing three people and injuring eight, had been paroled from state prison only hours earlier, police said Friday. Raymond David Bermudez, 29, who had been serving almost continuous prison time since 1998 in cases involving assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession, was arrested on three counts of suspicion of murder after Thursday's crash.
October 7, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Three people were killed and eight others were injured Thursday when a speeding tow truck swerved onto a Vernon sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of people standing at an MTA bus stop, authorities said. The accident occurred at 5:20 p.m. at Vernon and Santa Fe avenues, just moments after the tow-truck operator was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Pacific Boulevard, according to the Vernon Police Department.
May 15, 2005 | Mary Pemberton, Associated Press Writer
Tom Wilson is faced with a problem that many city administrators would envy: How to spend $1.5 million on a bus stop? When done, the bus stop next to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art will be like no other in the city, said Anchorage's director of public transportation. "It is going to be a showpiece stop," Wilson said. Wilson has $1.5 million to spend on the bus stop thanks to Alaska Sen.
April 15, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man waiting for a bus in Southwest Los Angeles was critically injured Thursday when a carload of suspected gang members fired on a group of rivals at a McDonald's restaurant, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 3:50 p.m. near the intersection of South La Brea Avenue and Rodeo Road, said Los Angeles Police Officer Kristi Sandoval.
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