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December 17, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Question: Do you have any statistics on rear-end accidents (from cars) while stopped at intersections aboard a motorcycle? -- Rick Lenning, Brea Answer: The only information I have about rear-end accidents has to do with fatal motorcycle crashes, and it doesn't specify if the rear-ending was from cars, though cars and trucks are the likely culprits. Statistics for 2005 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System found that rear impacts were the "most harmful event" in fatal motorcycle crashes just 3.5% of the time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Attorneys for Los Angeles have recommended that the City Council pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit over a car crash involving Councilman Jose Huizar, according to records and interviews. The payment stems from an incident in 2012, in which Huizar - driving a city-owned SUV - rear-ended a car driven by David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer. Humberto Guizar, Ceja's lawyer, described the payment as a compromise, saying that he could have "possibly gotten a seven-figure amount" had the case gone to trial.
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BUSINESS
August 25, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety officials have launched an investigation into reports that problems with gas tanks on more than 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokees could cause fuel leaks and fires in some crashes. The government probe involves possible defects in the sport utility vehicles from the 1993 to 2004 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The action is the first step in determining whether a recall is needed. The advocacy group Center for Auto Safety called for the investigation in October, alleging that the placement of the Grand Cherokee's plastic fuel tank behind the rear axle and below the rear bumper allowed for the possibility of tank ruptures, fuel spills and tank detachment during rear-end collisions and rollovers.
AUTOS
September 27, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Subarus, Cadillacs and Volvos earned top marks in a first-of-its-kind crash test of models equipped with systems to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions. The tests, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rate so-called active safety systems that warn drivers of impending impact and, in some models, automatically hit the brakes. The systems rely on radar, cameras and lasers to measure the distance from other vehicles or fixed objects, and they're considered an early step toward self-driving vehicles.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
A businesswoman in the parking garage was the first. The next day it was a landscaper at the gas station. Then the balding guy in the convertible, top down. Over the weekend it was four older women coming from brunch. They did a double take. Perhaps they liked the curved silhouette, quiet grace and low-slung stance of the full-size hatchback I was driving. Or maybe they found the car's profile and abrupt rear end excessive, awkward and dominantly avant-garde and wrote it off as just another "look at me" conveyance of narcissism.
SPORTS
October 22, 2003
"I didn't have to go through that." Julie Krone, after hearing Chris McCarron talk about kicking a first-time jockey winner in the rear end as a hazing initiation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
The number of rear-end automobile accidents along the shoulders of California freeways increased by two-thirds during 1984 from the previous year, the state Department of Transportation reported Monday. And, added Caltrans, one-third more lives were lost. Transportation Director Leo Trombatore said there were 52 accidents, 57 deaths and 39 injuries in such accidents in 1984, contrasted with 31 accidents, 43 deaths and 39 injuries in 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1985
Two school bus accidents in the San Fernando Valley injured nine people Friday, authorities reported. The only serious injury was to a man whose car collided with one of the buses. In that accident, a car carrying two small children flipped over on a Sepulveda street at 7:30 a.m. after the collision with a minibus, which was taking three children to school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1986
Highway Patrol investigators are asking for the public's help in tracking down a car that allegedly caused a fatal accident on California 60 in Riverside County last week. The car entered the freeway eastbound at Rubidoux Boulevard at 10:50 p.m. Friday, accelerated and crossed unexpectedly to the fast lane, said Highway Patrol Officer John Anderson.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Rapper 50 Cent apparently has a bulletproof SUV, but that won't stop a Mack truck. The performer was hospitalized briefly early Tuesday morning after his car was rear-ended by a big rig, according to This Is 50, a website associated with the rapper. The site shows 50 Cent being taken away on a stretcher with a brace around his neck and wheeled into a hospital. News outlets are reporting that he was taken to a hospital in Queens and then released. According to Billboard, sources close to the rapper say he's “fine.” Music website Complex Music reports that the driver of the big rig says the load in his truck shifted, causing him to lose control of the truck.  Calls Tuesday morning to New York police to confirm were not immediately returned.
SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Chad Johnson ended up getting a slap on the wrist for his slap on the derriere. On June 10, during a hearing for a probation violation in a Broward County, Fla., court, Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail after slapping his lawyer's rear end during the proceedings. On Monday, Johnson apologized to Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh and she apparently forgave him, reducing his jail sentence to seven days.  "I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time," Johnson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 43-year-old Glendale man was banned from the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria malls after police say he was caught using his cellphone on Monday to photograph the backsides of girls and women. Paul Martin Birkeland was arrested and released at the scene on suspicion of annoying children and photographing a person for sexual gratification without their consent after he allegedly admitted to masturbating to the images, according to police. He could be arrested for trespassing if he is spotted at the malls again, according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
Three brothers and their families piled into a Chevy Astro van and made the long haul from East Los Angeles to Denver to say goodbye to a dying patriarch. Their oldest brother, Elijio Fernandez Jr., 54, stayed behind. He didn't have it in him to go. He never forgave his dad for abandoning them as children. Now the dull bitterness of a father's long-ago absence was entwined with wrenching fresh grief. As the family returned on Interstate 15 through Nevada in the pre-dawn dark Saturday, the teenage driver of a Dodge Durango slammed into the back of their vehicle 30 miles south of Mesquite.
AUTOS
December 17, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Question: Do you have any statistics on rear-end accidents (from cars) while stopped at intersections aboard a motorcycle? -- Rick Lenning, Brea Answer: The only information I have about rear-end accidents has to do with fatal motorcycle crashes, and it doesn't specify if the rear-ending was from cars, though cars and trucks are the likely culprits. Statistics for 2005 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System found that rear impacts were the "most harmful event" in fatal motorcycle crashes just 3.5% of the time.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Rapper 50 Cent apparently has a bulletproof SUV, but that won't stop a Mack truck. The performer was hospitalized briefly early Tuesday morning after his car was rear-ended by a big rig, according to This Is 50, a website associated with the rapper. The site shows 50 Cent being taken away on a stretcher with a brace around his neck and wheeled into a hospital. News outlets are reporting that he was taken to a hospital in Queens and then released. According to Billboard, sources close to the rapper say he's “fine.” Music website Complex Music reports that the driver of the big rig says the load in his truck shifted, causing him to lose control of the truck.  Calls Tuesday morning to New York police to confirm were not immediately returned.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2011 | By David Undercoffler
It says something about the sales success of one of your vehicles when it literally takes a tsunami to knock it off its perch as the bestselling vehicle in its class. But this is the situation Honda finds itself in with the crossover SUV, the CR-V. For the last four years, with more than a million total CR-Vs sold, this Honda has been the big tuna. That ended this year when the also aging Ford Escape was able to surpass the CR-V after production shortages slowed Honda's roll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 43-year-old Glendale man was banned from the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria malls after police say he was caught using his cellphone on Monday to photograph the backsides of girls and women. Paul Martin Birkeland was arrested and released at the scene on suspicion of annoying children and photographing a person for sexual gratification without their consent after he allegedly admitted to masturbating to the images, according to police. He could be arrested for trespassing if he is spotted at the malls again, according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
FOOD
July 13, 2005 | Leslie Brenner, Times Staff Writer
Thursday is Bastille Day -- or le 14 Juillet, as it's known in France. For me, that's cause to think about French food. And to bemoan the fact that my husband and son and I won't be going to France this summer as usual to visit my in-laws, who are obsessed with the stuff. It's tough for me to get it into my zucchini that we don't have enough sorrel to go this year. Our rear ends aren't exactly surrounded by noodles. Zucchini? Sorrel? Noodles? Well, that's how French people talk.
WORLD
July 25, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
A toddler was discovered alive Sunday afternoon after two bullet trains collided in eastern China a day earlier in a deadly incident that has intensified concerns about the country's vaunted high-speed rail system. The official New China News Agency said a boy was found unconscious by firefighters inside the wreckage and taken to a hospital. The rescue came shortly after three senior railway officials were fired in response to the collision, which killed at least 43 people and injured more than 200 in Wenzhou, a city in Zhejiang province.
WORLD
July 24, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
At least 35 people were killed and scores were injured Saturday when a bullet train in eastern China lost power after being struck by lightning and was rear-ended by another train, state news media reported. The crash sent two passenger cars careening off an elevated track in Wenzhou, a city in Zhejiang province. State television showed video of rescue workers in a steady downpour pulling bloodied passengers out of a car standing on its end and leaning against a bridge. Six cars were derailed in the two trains, one of which originated in Beijing and the other in Hangzhou, state media reported.
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