October 10, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County jury handed Toyota Motor Corp. a significant legal victory Thursday, clearing it of responsibility in a 2009 crash of a Camry that accelerated out of control, killing the driver. But in a surprising twist, the jury also handed down a $10-million verdict against a codefendant who was driving a second vehicle that broadsided the sedan, setting the gruesome accident in motion. After six days of deliberation, jurors rejected the theory that Toyota had a hand in the death of Noriko Uno. She was killed in Upland after her Camry suddenly accelerated, hitting a telephone pole and a tree, nearly cutting the vehicle in half.
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September 30, 2013 |
Authorities are investigating whether some of the drivers who struck a man who fell out of a "party bus" on the 101 Freeway over the weekend fled the scene. The 24-year-old man was killed after he fell out of the vehicle early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. After falling out of the party bus about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, "the passenger was subsequently struck by an unknown vehicle as well as multiple other vehicles," according to the CHP. Investigators are now determining, among other things, how the man was ejected from the vehicle and whether "some vehicles struck this individual and took off," CHP Officer Chris Baldonado said.
September 25, 2013 |
Rejoice, cyclists! Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, those ton-plus cars whizzing by you soon must do so at a distance of at least three feet -- or not much more than the length of one arm. One arm? Yes, it may not be much, but after five attempts to establish such a modest safety barrier for cyclists, California's new three-foot rule -- to take effect next year -- is a policy victory for those of us who share the road with cars, especially in Los Angeles. But for some readers, it's the cyclists who need to be more cautious.
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September 22, 2013 |
The call came over the police radio late Saturday, during what so far had been a routine shift for Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie. Hey, there's a car speeding through town . Coutchie responded without hesitation, as he had done so many times before. The 41-year-old mounted his motorcycle to try to cut off the car before it reached downtown, where partygoers filled the sidewalks and spilled into the streets. Coutchie was headed north on Coast Highway at about 11:30 p.m. when his Honda ST1300 collided with a GMC pickup truck making a left turn on Cleo Street.
September 6, 2013
Re "Teen driver texting bill is passed," Sept. 4 "Distractions from using a voice-operated device endanger not only the driver but other motorists as well as pedestrians," says state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), the author of a bill banning the use of hand-free texting devices by drivers under 18 years old. Why restrict only these drivers? They may be the newest and least experienced motorists, but I suspect most do not stop for a beer or commute in heavy traffic every day. Why target them?
September 4, 2013 |
Los Angeles officials are replacing parking pay stations. Why? At least partly because too many motorists struggle to remember their parking space numbers while paying. ALSO: Marijuana laws done right 'My Dinner with Assad' haunts John Kerry The air near L.A.'s freeways: How dangerous? Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall