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January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. The collision involved five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m., and the road was closed in both directions for several hours.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A man walking on railroad tracks in Anaheim was killed late New Year's Eve after being struck by a freight train, authorities said.  The man was on the eastbound tracks near Orangethorpe Avenue and Imperial Highway, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Chris Pena. The man was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train, Pena said.  Pena said the conductor saw the man on the tracks but was unable to stop in time. Police were called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m.  "The reason why he was on the tracks is unclear," Pena said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Joe Mozingo
A teenager who was thrown onto the street from the roof of a moving car has died, the Orange County coroner said Sunday. Christopher Michael Hernandez II was riding on the roof of a Nissan Altima on Friday night when the driver, also 17, made a right turn from Brannen Drive to Wildrose Lane, throwing Hernandez onto the pavement, the Huntington Beach Police Department said. Hernandez sustained major head and abdominal injuries and was taken to UCI Medical Center. He died Saturday, according to Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by two cars Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway near Huntington State Beach. The victim was Matthew Aguilar, 28, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Aguilar was walking in the road near Brookhurst Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS, Huntington Beach police said. A second car then struck Aguilar. The driver of the Cadillac, a 55-year-old Huntington Beach man, was interviewed and released, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider preliminary construction plans for a $12-million Orange County coroner's office in Santa Ana, complete with a state-sponsored training facility for medical examiners across California. The proposal calls for the demolition of the existing single-story office at 1071 W. Santa Ana Blvd., and replacing it with a two-story facility that is four times larger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver who died after slamming his pickup into seven other vehicles at a Fullerton intersection was identified Friday as Adrian Davis of Brea, the Orange County coroner's office said. Davis, 57, crashed head-on into multiple vehicles Thursday afternoon, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart. The collision occurred about 4 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Valencia Mesa Drive. Five people from the other vehicles were taken to hospitals with various injuries, none of which were life-threatening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A man walking on railroad tracks in Anaheim was killed late New Year's Eve after being struck by a freight train, authorities said.  The man was on the eastbound tracks near Orangethorpe Avenue and Imperial Highway, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Chris Pena. The man was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train, Pena said.  Pena said the conductor saw the man on the tracks but was unable to stop in time. Police were called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m.  "The reason why he was on the tracks is unclear," Pena said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. The collision involved five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m., and the road was closed in both directions for several hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by two cars Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway near Huntington State Beach. The victim was Matthew Aguilar, 28, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Aguilar was walking in the road near Brookhurst Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS, Huntington Beach police said. A second car then struck Aguilar. The driver of the Cadillac, a 55-year-old Huntington Beach man, was interviewed and released, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver who died after slamming his pickup into seven other vehicles at a Fullerton intersection was identified Friday as Adrian Davis of Brea, the Orange County coroner's office said. Davis, 57, crashed head-on into multiple vehicles Thursday afternoon, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart. The collision occurred about 4 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Valencia Mesa Drive. Five people from the other vehicles were taken to hospitals with various injuries, none of which were life-threatening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Joe Mozingo
A teenager who was thrown onto the street from the roof of a moving car has died, the Orange County coroner said Sunday. Christopher Michael Hernandez II was riding on the roof of a Nissan Altima on Friday night when the driver, also 17, made a right turn from Brannen Drive to Wildrose Lane, throwing Hernandez onto the pavement, the Huntington Beach Police Department said. Hernandez sustained major head and abdominal injuries and was taken to UCI Medical Center. He died Saturday, according to Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal.
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July 31, 2003 | From Times staff reports
The county coroner's office Wednesday asked the public's help in finding the family of a man killed while crossing the Garden Grove Freeway in Garden Grove. Ruben Cruz Rodriguez, 39 and believed to have been homeless, died July 17 after being struck by a car. Anyone with information about his family, authorities said, should call the coroner's office at (714) 647-7410.
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February 12, 2003 | From a Times staff writer
The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to raise the fees for storing bodies at the coroner's office. Relatives will now have to pay the office $236 -- up from $119 -- for removing the body from the place of death and keeping it until its release to the person responsible for interment. The fee is waived if the next-of-kin is indigent, the deceased was under 14 or the death was a crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider preliminary construction plans for a new $12-million coroner's office in Santa Ana, complete with a state-sponsored training facility for medical examiners across California. The proposal calls for demolishing the single-story office at 1071 W. Santa Ana Blvd. and replacing it with a two-story facility four times larger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The grand jury Tuesday faulted the Orange County Coroner's toxicology lab for taking too long in processing autopsy reports, stating in a new report that delays can cause hardship for bereaved families. "The average time taken to produce toxicology reports is about eight weeks at present," the Orange County Grand Jury found.
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May 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider preliminary construction plans for a $12-million Orange County coroner's office in Santa Ana, complete with a state-sponsored training facility for medical examiners across California. The proposal calls for the demolition of the existing single-story office at 1071 W. Santa Ana Blvd., and replacing it with a two-story facility that is four times larger.
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