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June 24, 1989
Actor Kenneth Swofford, who played a school principal in the television series "Fame," is to begin serving a 28-month state prison term Tuesday for a drunk-driving collision that seriously injured a man and his two sons. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Richard Kolostian has allowed Swofford, 55, to remain free from custody until Tuesday, when he must surrender to begin serving his prison term. On Feb. 23, Swofford pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injuries to others.
January 17, 2010
Seven of the last nine commercial airline crashes in the United States have involved regional carriers, and federal investigators say pilot fatigue was a likely a factor in at least four of those accidents. Feb. 12, 2009: A Colgan Air twin-engine turboprop crashed in Buffalo, N.Y., while on approach for landing. Fifty people were killed, including one person on the ground. Colgan is owned by Pinnacle Airlines Corp. Investigators suspect that inadequate training in stall recovery procedures and pilot fatigue contributed to the crash.
April 15, 2008 | Tony Perry
A man cleaning his swimming pool was struck and killed Monday by a big rig that crashed into his backyard after a traffic accident, officials said. Kevin Vicary, 38, was pronounced dead at a hospital. His 2-year-old daughter, who was also in the backyard, was unhurt. The accident occurred after a van ran a red light and was struck by the big rig, which then hit another vehicle, officials said. The rig crashed through a fence at Vicary's home. None of the drivers was seriously hurt, according to the El Cajon Police Department.
June 4, 1989 | From United Press International
A sports car carrying four teen-agers who had just left a high school graduation rehearsal veered out of control and crashed into a wall in suburban Dallas, killing everyone inside, authorities said. Investigators said excessive speed might have been a factor in the Friday crash.
May 7, 1989
Sidney Wicks, 39, former UCLA and National Basketball Assn. star, was listed in fair condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after suffering a ruptured spleen when a cement truck ran a red light and crashed into his car Friday morning.
May 19, 1989
Jim Crawford of Scotland escaped injury when he crashed during practice for the Indianapolis 500, but he may have lost his qualifying position on the inside of the second row. Indications were that the car, a Buick-powered 1987 Lola that Crawford had qualified at 221.450 m.p.h. last Sunday, was too badly damaged to be repaired for the race May 28. If it cannot be repaired, Crawford could start at the back of the field in his backup car. He also could withdraw the crashed car and attempt to qualify the backup vehicle Saturday or Sunday in the final weekend of time trials.
January 22, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Immigration officials said Monday that Bo Stefan Eriksson, who nearly two years ago crashed a $1-million Ferrari Enzo while driving at least 162 mph on Pacific Coast Highway, is in custody at an immigration holding facility in Lancaster. According to wire reports Monday night, Eriksson was there awaiting deportation to Sweden or Germany, but local immigration officials declined to comment. Eriksson crashed the Ferrari in February 2006, drawing media attention across the nation, and his eccentric personality fueled the story.
May 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Sixteen Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian were killed when a military helicopter crashed near the Colombian border, the state news agency reported. A brigadier general was among those killed. President Hugo Chavez said the soldiers were patrolling the 1,300-mile border separating Venezuela and Colombia when shortly after midday the local military base lost contact with the Mi-35 helicopter. The helicopter crashed near the town of El Alto de Rubio, the state-run Bolivarian News Agency reported.
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