March 2, 1990 |
In the wee hours of Jan. 18, the fates conspired against Murray Brown. Rain was pouring that frigid night in Las Vegas, where the Costa Mesa native had just relocated. Brown was driving home from a pool game after socializing over a few drinks. The slick roads were dangerous even for the most sober of drivers. A stray shopping cart had wandered into Brown's path. He swerved to miss it and skidded off the street.