CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1987
Four people, including three children, were killed in a South-Central Los Angeles traffic collision early Friday. The driver of the automobile that broadsided their vehicle was arrested on suspicion of murder and possible drunk driving, police said. A police spokesman said that according to witnesses, David Columbus Hasson Jr., 33, had been traveling north on Hoover Street at about 3 a.m. "at a very high rate of speed."
July 19, 1987 |
When California in 1967 enacted its landmark law to protect the rights of the mentally ill, critics direly predicted that hordes of dangerously disturbed people would roam the streets and perhaps harm others. While that has not happened, two recent incidents in Los Angeles have raised new questions about the adequacy of the law, which also was intended to protect the public by allowing doctors to commit people they feel are a threat to society.