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February 19, 2003
The San Diego Freeway was closed in both directions at Hawthorne Boulevard in Lawndale late Tuesday because of a collision involving four cars, including a California Highway Patrol car. The CHP said the crash occurred in the southbound lanes at about 10:45 p.m., and the freeway was expected to be closed possibly for more than an hour. Northbound lanes were closed in case a helicopter was needed to transport people to hospitals.
February 14, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Northern Trust Open is a home game for Jason Gore. He lives in Valencia, so he commutes to the tournament. However, he said he wasn't sure what he would do this weekend, even joking about finding a dorm room at Pepperdine to avoid the dreaded "Jamzilla" on the San Diego Freeway. The freeway was so clogged Wednesday - days before the freeway closure - that Gore followed a suggestion to keep going east on Sunset Boulevard, then take the 101 to the 170 to the 5. Safe to say he'll never try that route again, because it turned a 32-mile drive home into a two-hour, 45-minute slog.
A Granada Hills woman was shot on the San Diego Freeway this weekend as she and her boyfriend drove home from her 20th birthday celebration, police said Saturday. Laura Previde was listed in serious but stable condition Saturday evening at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Panorama City. Shortly after the shooting, police arrested Temmie Brown, 23, of Gardena at an apartment complex in the 15100 block of Plummer Street in North Hills.
November 29, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat that led to the shutdown of a San Diego freeway on Thanksgiving. Victor Manuel Diaz remains in San Diego County jail on two felony counts of making threats. Bail is set at $50,000. According to the California Highway Patrol, Diaz made a cellphone call to his sister Thursday afternoon as she was driving northbound on Interstate 15 in San Diego. He told her that a bomb had been placed in her car, the CHP said.
December 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man walking on the San Diego Freeway early Friday was struck and killed by a car just south of Newland Street, authorities said. His name was not released. The accident occurred about 1:15 a.m. when the man was hit in the freeway's northbound lanes. The accident is under investigation, authorities said.
September 1, 1998
After nearly three years of construction, Caltrans has opened the first segment of a carpool lane that will eventually stretch from the Long Beach Freeway to Normandie Avenue. The 2.5-mile section on the northbound San Diego Freeway extends between Avalon Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, said a Caltrans spokeswoman. The lane will be continued four more miles to the Long Beach Freeway, and a six-mile carpool lane will be built across the median on the southbound San Diego Freeway. The $28.
November 28, 1985
Construction of sound walls will begin next week on the San Diego Freeway in Van Nuys, from south of the Sherman Way underpass to Raymer Street, according to the state Department of Transportation. The $1.75-million project is expected to be completed in 11 months, Caltrans spokeswoman Margie Tiritilli said. Most work will be done between morning and evening rush hours, Tiritilli said.
November 18, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Laguna Woods man died Sunday night after crashing into a light pole on the southbound San Diego Freeway north of the Bake Parkway exit, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash was reported at 6:11 p.m. Finn Konsmo, 88, suffered injuries from the car's steering wheel and dashboard, said a coroner's spokesman.
January 21, 1994
Fire on the back of a one-ton flatbed truck carrying empty propane tanks caused a large rush-hour traffic jam Thursday that radiated in three directions from the southbound San Diego Freeway at Seal Beach Boulevard, authorities said. Vapors from the four-foot-wide, four-foot-long tanks caught fire about 4:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which started in the truck cab.
August 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A Lancaster man was convicted Monday of attempted murder in a shooting rampage along San Diego County freeways in October 2011. Enrique Ayon, 26, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and individual counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, vandalism and hit-and-run. He faces a possible life sentence. The San Diego County jury split 11-1 in favor of a third count of attempted murder and 10-2 in favor of a count of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
August 10, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A 25-year-old Northridge man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete pole on the 118 Freeway in Mission Hills, authorities said. The accident was reported about 2:45 a.m. on the westbound side of the freeway, east of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver first veered into a guardrail and then struck the pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said CHP Officer Monica Posada. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
September 19, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Reader Ron King of Camarillo doesn't like how The Times refers to local freeways. A recent example , from Saturday's paper: The Getty fire started in high brush on the east side of the 405 Freeway near Getty Center Drive during the afternoon rush hour… King - and other readers - think that reference should have been to the San Diego Freeway. “Freeways should be referred to by their names, not federal interstate numbers like they do in other unimaginative places that don't have interesting traditions,” King emailed.
November 15, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Caltrans has fired two employees amid investigations into faulty — and in some instances falsified — structural testing on bridges and highway projects across the state, including a carpool lane connector and an under-crossing retaining wall in the Los Angeles area. During a news conference Monday, Caltrans officials identified the employees as Duane Wiles, a former technician who tested bridge and freeway structures, and Brian Liebich, who supervised Wiles as head of the agency's foundation testing unit.
October 4, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A 24-year-old man is being sought by police in connection with a series of midmorning freeway shootings Monday that left one motorist wounded, two cars and an ambulance with bullet holes, and the California Highway Patrol searching for clues on stretches of Interstates 805 and 5. The CHP on Monday night identified Enrique Ayon as a "person of interest" in the shootings that caused the CHP to shut down stretches of the two freeways in a search for...
July 14, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The army of men and machines chewed through the Sepulveda Pass, casting aside in a geological blink of an eye what had taken nature millions of years to make. From above, the Santa Monica Mountains, its crest splayed apart, looked as if it was undergoing open heart surgery. "This is the toughest highway job I've ever seen," project manager Gordon Bawden said at the time. This weekend's closure of the 405 Freeway, also known as the San Diego Freeway, through the Sepulveda Pass as part of a $1 billion widening project is being foretold as "Carmageddon" — a potential cataclysm that underscores the region's servitude to an overburdened freeway system.
February 12, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
It was, unfortunately, all about the method. Method acting? Not exactly. But there was a method behind Lindsey Jacobellis' decision to method grab on the second-to-last jump of the snowboard cross course at the Winter Olympics four years ago. With the gold medal thisclose, she fell, but nevertheless had the presence to gather herself, get up and make the podium, winning a silver medal at Turin, Italy. The ensuing, and fierce, reaction was an interesting case study.
February 6, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Maybe the last time a San Diego Freeway construction project got this much attention was back in the 1950s, when a man named L. Ewing Scott was convicted of murdering his socialite wife. According to urban legend, he hid her body in the newly poured concrete of the Sunset Boulevard offramp (northbound) of the San Diego Freeway. More than half a century later, L.A.'s Westside is all atwitter over the 405, but not about anything so gruesome as a corpse: It's the immense task of adding 10 miles of HOV lane to the northbound 405 over Sepulveda Pass, completing a carpool link from the Valley to the O.C. The man in charge?
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