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November 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
The Transportation Security Administration agent who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport died within two to five minutes of being shot, coroner's officials said. Gerardo I. Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two, was shot multiple times, according to a one-page statement released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. A final autopsy report is expected to be released Friday. Hernandez became the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire at the airport the morning of Nov. 1. Three others were wounded before the suspect - identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23 - was shot in a gun battle with airport police and taken into custody.
November 2, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The death of a 5-year-old Davis girl who was found dead in her mother's car trunk was officially ruled a homicide, coroner's officials announced Friday. Her mother, Aquelin Crystal Talamantes, 29, was arrested Sept. 26 after she drove to a family member's apartment in Sacramento from Davis with her 4-year-old son. Her daughter, Tatiana Alexia Rose Garcia, allegedly was in the trunk, local media reported. Her relatives called police after becoming concerned when she arrived at the apartment with the boy but not her daughter, authorities told the Sacramento Bee.   Soon after Sacramento police arrived, they discovered Tatiana unresponsive in the trunk of the car. With the help of neighbors, first-responders tried to revive her. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
October 13, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Eric Sondheimer
The Los Angeles County coroner's office will investigate the death of a 16-year-old football player who collapsed during a high school game last week, a department official said Sunday. The agency will try to determine what caused the death of Dodi Soza, who was playing for Downey High School when he collapsed Thursday during a game at Lynwood High. Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said Soza's young age was the main reason why her office had decided to investigate. Soza, a running back, was playing for his school's junior varsity team when he collapsed on the field, according to KTLA . He died Saturday.
October 11, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver who died after slamming his pickup into seven other vehicles at a Fullerton intersection was identified Friday as Adrian Davis of Brea, the Orange County coroner's office said. Davis, 57, crashed head-on into multiple vehicles Thursday afternoon, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart. The collision occurred about 4 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Valencia Mesa Drive. Five people from the other vehicles were taken to hospitals with various injuries, none of which were life-threatening.
October 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles County coroner's officials Friday identified the first of four victims who perished when a jet crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport this past weekend. Lauren Winkler, 28, of Irvine was killed Sunday when a twin-engine Cessna Citation she was riding in touched down at the airport, then veered hard right off the runway and smashed into an airport hangar, bursting into flames and collapsing the building. All four aboard the aircraft were killed. Los Angeles-based construction company Morley Builders announced that its chief executive, 63-year-old Mark Benjamin, and his 28-year-old son, Luke, a senior project engineer, were also on the plane, although coroner's investigators have yet to confirm their identities.
October 2, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Glee" star Cory Monteith died of mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use and ingestion of alcohol, according the final report from the British Columbia Coroners Service issued Wednesday. The report also ruled the 31-year-old's death accidental. The final findings support initial results of the July 13 death of the young actor, who had long battled addiction. Monteith, who played sweet jock Finn Hudson on the Fox musical dramedy, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada.
September 27, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Friday aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse but vetoed a third that could have helped the state's medical board identify reckless doctors whose patients died on pills they prescribed. The three bills, which garnered strong bipartisan support, were spurred by a series of investigative reports in The Times that linked drugs prescribed by doctors to nearly half the prescription-involved overdose deaths in Southern California from 2006 through 2011.
August 20, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner's officials said Tuesday. Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst into flames and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death,  as well as marijuana.
August 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Ending two months of speculation and conspiracy theories about the death of journalist Michael Hastings, the Los Angeles County coroner has determined that the reporter died instantly from "massive blunt force trauma" in the fiery June crash. The coroner's report, released Tuesday, painted a troubled portrait of the journalist, whose 2010 Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to McChrystal's resignation. Traces of drugs were found in Hastings' system, and the crash apparently came hours before his family planned to stage an intervention.
August 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Tennis referee Lois Goodman, once accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband with a coffee cup, is suing the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner, alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution. The criminal charges against Goodman, 70, of Woodland Hills were dismissed last November after it was determined her DNA wasn't on the alleged weapon, and prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed . In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Goodman alleges she suffered "public humiliation after she was falsely arrested by LAPD detectives at the U.S. Open in New York as she was about to travel to the tour stadium in her tournament uniform.
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