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August 25, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The state will pay $10 million to relatives of a mother and her three children whose 2003 deaths in a plunge into the California Aqueduct could have been prevented had the state installed a $26,000 guardrail extension, an attorney in the case said Wednesday. The state will pay one-quarter of the settlement in the wrongful death case to the woman's husband, Raul Morales. His wife, Marisol, 32, and their children Raul Jr.
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January 11, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man in his 20s died Saturday after emergency workers pulled him from a vehicle that had plunged into the California Aqueduct. The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call at 3:55 p.m. about a vehicle submerged in the aqueduct near Pearblossom Highway, officials said.
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February 20, 2003 | Richard Fausset and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Not far from a billboard that reads "Danger: Deathtrap Highway," a pickup truck swerved off the Pearblossom Highway early Wednesday and sank in the California Aqueduct, killing an unlicensed driver and her three children. Only a 10-year-old girl survived the dawn plunge along a desolate and dangerous stretch of California 138 in the Antelope Valley. She was reported to be in a coma late Wednesday at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The driver, Marisol Morales, 32, was killed along with Raul Jr.
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January 24, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A sheriff's search-and-rescue team pulled a man's body from the California Aqueduct on Thursday and authorities said the death was being investigated as a possible homicide. The case began as a missing person call in Lancaster at 6 a.m., said Deputy Brian Lendman. The missing man's car had been found next to the aqueduct at 70th Avenue West and N Street. A sheriff's helicopter spotted the body in the water shortly afterward.
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June 13, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Crews are working around the clock to erect two temporary dams on the State Water Project's South Bay Aqueduct to fix a leak that threatens the water supply for 2 million Bay Area residents. State engineers pumped 55 cubic yards of concrete through the aqueduct lining to control the 1,000-gallons-per-minute outflow from the 29-foot-deep leak, state Department of Water Resources spokesman Jeff Cohen said Monday. The leak on the 40-foot-wide, concrete-lined aqueduct was discovered June 5.
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September 8, 2000
A county firefighter who saved a girl trapped in a submerged car at the bottom of the California Aqueduct received his department's Medal of Valor in a ceremony Thursday. Ron McFadden was part of a crew that rescued Shanika Lister, now 11, of Rialto after her mother's car swerved off Route 138 and plunged into about 17 feet of water in a July 4, 1998, accident, said Capt. Brian Jordan of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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November 3, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
Workers have begun repairing leaks along the east branch of the California Aqueduct near Palmdale, a project given urgent status by the state Department of Water Resources. The leaks are relatively minor, but can worsen if not fixed, said Ron Lee, supervising engineer for the Department of Water Resources and program manager of the repair project. The department scheduled repairs at this time because it is a low water demand period.
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September 18, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Screenwriter Gary Devore's widow has sued the state Department of Transportation over his 1997 fatal plunge into the California Aqueduct, claiming dangerous conditions on the road led to his death, according to her lawyer. Devore, who authorities said was fatigued and disoriented after driving for 12 hours on his way home to Carpinteria from Santa Fe, N.M., got on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway headed north in the southbound lanes and accidentally drove off the road and into the aqueduct.
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