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September 24, 1992 | THUAN LE and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 23-year-old Riverside man was identified Wednesday as the suspected driver of a pickup truck that triggered the deadliest traffic accident in Orange County history. But police believe that the man, Fernando Hernandez Flores, might have fled to Mexico. At a 9 p.m.
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September 25, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police continued their search Thursday in Southern California for a 23-year-old busboy suspected of plowing a pickup truck into a church van, killing eight, but a friend said the man fled to Mexico days ago. Police Lt. Bob Helton said investigators have a hunch that Fernando Hernandez Flores did not leave the country after the crash Sunday in the city's bustling Civic Center. "There's no independent evidence at this point that suggests he went to Mexico," Helton said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police continued their search Thursday in Southern California for a 23-year-old busboy suspected of plowing a pickup truck into a church van, killing eight, but a friend said the man fled to Mexico days ago. Police Lt. Bob Helton said investigators have a hunch that Fernando Hernandez Flores did not leave the country after the crash Sunday in the city's bustling Civic Center. "There's no independent evidence at this point that suggests he went to Mexico," Helton said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1992 | THUAN LE and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 23-year-old Riverside man was identified Wednesday as the suspected driver of a pickup truck that triggered the deadliest traffic accident in Orange County history. But police believe that the man, Fernando Hernandez Flores, might have fled to Mexico. At a 9 p.m.
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September 24, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
Authorities identified a 23-year-old Wednesday evening as the suspected driver of a pickup truck that triggered the most deadly traffic accident in Orange County history, but police believe he may have fled to Mexico. Santa Ana police said they are seeking Fernando Hernandez Flores, a friend of the truck's owner. Flores reportedly fled on foot after the accident Sunday evening at Flower Street and Civic Center Drive in which eight people died and 11 were injured.
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December 17, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A decision by Orange County authorities not to prosecute a Christian pastor who drove a modified church van involved in a fatal crash in September drew mixed reactions Wednesday from survivors of the eight passengers who were killed. Parishioners had spilled from the van, whose seats were not bolted to the floor and lacked seat belts, when a pickup truck crashed into the church vehicle after allegedly running a red light.
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September 28, 1992 | WILLSON CUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In four days, donors have contributed more than $25,000 to help the families of victims in a crash involving a church van in which eight people died. Donations between $3 and $500 from across the United States have been received, according to Bob Klingman, who is managing the fund. Klingman reported on the fund Sunday night as survivors and friends met at the small nondenominational Iglesia de Dios (Church of God) in Santa Ana. On Sept 20.
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December 17, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The decision by the Orange County district attorney's office to not prosecute a pastor who drove a modified van that crashed drew mixed reactions Wednesday among relatives of the eight people who were killed. Carlos Brahona, the grandfather of 13-year-old Iris Roman, said he felt that charging Pastor Octavio Valentin "wouldn't help his granddaughter" and would only stir up "bad" emotions.
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September 27, 1992 | WILLSON CUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Expressing forgiveness and sorrow, more than 200 mourners on Saturday attended the funeral of six people killed in the deadliest traffic accident in Orange County history. The graveside ceremony at Rose Hills Memorial Park was marked by tearful hymns and passages from the Bible as grieving families tried to comfort each other with the thought of rejoining their loved ones in heaven.
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September 20, 1993 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year has passed and Abel Mendez still can't shake the grief. "I remember when they told me the news, I just exploded with emotion," Mendez said. When Pastor Octavio Valentin drove a church van through the intersection of Flower Street and Civic Center Drive that fateful Sunday a year ago today, no one knew how a fatal traffic collision would forever change the lives of its occupants and their families.
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October 4, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Highway Patrol Officer Ron Brame was at home in the Anaheim Hills when he got the call. It was 9 p.m. on Sept. 20. "They told me there was a major traffic accident at the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Flower Street in Santa Ana," said Brame, an associate member of the CHP's elite traffic accident investigation unit known as MAIT (Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team). He knew it would be bad.
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November 23, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It had been about eight weeks since the accident when Mirtala Castro looked at the clock on her wall and saw that it was time to try to climb her personal Mt. Everest again. Although her doctors prescribed exercise, the 50-year-old grandmother still needed the steady hand of her husband, Rojelino, 56, and a metal walker just to hobble 10 steps. "The doctor says I should be walking around our house. But I get tired very easily," she said, pausing to catch her breath.
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