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December 27, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Street racing at speeds of more than 100 mph and alcohol may have led to a Woodland Hills accident that left at least four people hospitalized with injuries, authorities said. Five people were taken to hospitals after the crash, which occurred about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Officer Matthew Gale of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division said the accident involved a vehicle traveling eastbound on Ventura Boulevard at a high rate of speed that collided with a westbound vehicle making a left turn onto Oakdale Avenue.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Street racing at speeds of more than 100 mph and alcohol may have led to a Woodland Hills accident that left at least four people hospitalized with injuries, authorities said. Five people were taken to hospitals after the crash, which occurred about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Officer Matthew Gale of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division said the accident involved a vehicle traveling eastbound on Ventura Boulevard at a high rate of speed that collided with a westbound vehicle making a left turn onto Oakdale Avenue.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2002 | WENDY THERMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cracking down on illegal street racing in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday to punish spectators with harsh fines and possible jail time. The council also ordered a new law to be drafted that would allow authorities to permanently confiscate any vehicle used in a street race. "This is a long-standing problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather, James Rainey and Richard Winton
On weekends or late at night, the whine of high-performance engines echoes across an industrial park and nearby hills in Santa Clarita. In daylight, dramatic skid marks on the mostly unlined roadway are evidence of racing and burnouts. Speed aficionados know the spot well, on the far side of the 5 Freeway from the Magic Mountain theme park. They come to try their hand at "drifting," over-steering so that the tail ends of their Nissans and Mitsubishis slide and shimmy through a spot called Hercules Curve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
In a crackdown on street racing, police cited 180 people Saturday and impounded eight cars. About 50 officers from the California Highway Patrol, Tracy Police Department and San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office participated in the operation, part of a countywide crackdown on illegal races.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
People who watch illegal street races could be slapped with a $500 fine under a motion approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "Illegal street racing is a dangerous, reckless activity that threatens the lives of our young people. This ordinance will decrease the number of spectators at these events and help reduce street racing overall," said county Supervisor Mike Antonovich. Violation of the ordinance will constitute a misdemeanor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 16-year-old driver and his 19-year-old male passenger were killed Wednesday when their Honda compact car lost control in what the California Highway Patrol is investigating as an illegal street-racing crash. The crash occurred at 10:50 a.m. on Riverview Road north of 42nd Street, a CHP investigator said. Witnesses reported seeing the Honda and a Ford Mustang racing at speeds of 90 to 100 mph. The Honda lost control and skidded off the roadway.
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July 24, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kern County police agencies banding together to halt the spread of street racing cited more than 50 people in a weekend raid, authorities said. Some 47 officers converged on Bena Road and wrote 53 tickets for misdemeanor unlawful assembly. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Mitchell said the charge is punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000. All who were cited were from the greater Bakersfield area, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Police arrested 187 people gathered at an illegal street racing site in an industrial area near Ontario International Airport early Sunday, authorities said. Among those arrested were two drivers and a "flagger," who signals the start of the race, police said. They were booked on misdemeanor charges, given citations and released, said Sgt. David McBride of the Ontario Police Department. Authorities also picked up 184 spectators who were lining the streets to watch the race. They were given citations for watching the illegal activity.
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July 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two drivers who may have been racing on Ocean Boulevard lost control and plowed into vehicles early Tuesday, injuring at least 10 people, authorities said. Their two Honda Civics were speeding near Orizaba Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. when they veered off the street, officials said. One hit a parked car, and that car struck two other vehicles, Long Beach Police Sgt. David Cannan said. The drivers, both 22, were among the injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2013 | By Scott Glover
A 24-year-old woman was killed and six other people injured when a driver believed to have been involved in a street race ran a red light and struck two cars, the California Highway Patrol said. Michael Villalobos was driving a 2003 Acura just after midnight Saturday when he failed to stop for the light at Firestone Boulevard and Alameda Street in South Gate, the CHP said in a news release. Villalobos' car broadsided a 1997 Honda in the intersection,  the CHP said. The 24-year-old driver of that car, whom the CHP did not identify, died at Saint Francis Medical Center.
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April 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A 5-year-old girl was critically injured during a possible street-racing accident in Riverside, police said. The girl was sitting in a booster seat behind her father, who was driving a 2009 Chevy Malibu on Monday when it was broadsided by a 2008 Ford Mustang that police said was possibly racing another vehicle. The girl was rushed to Loma Linda University Hospital with critical injuries, officials said. Her father was uninjured. Police said the crash happened just before 2 p.m. when the Malibu began turning right onto northbound Magnolia Avenue after stopping at a stop sign.
SPORTS
April 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay was born in Texas and now lives in Florida, but the reigning IndyCar champion traces many key moments of his life - the highs and the lows - to Southern California. Hunter-Reay lived in Dana Point when his IndyCar career was teetering in the mid- to late-2000s. Then a comeback win in Long Beach in 2010 finally secured him a ride with a top team. That led to his capturing his first IndyCar title at a dramatic season finale in Fontana last September, making Hunter-Reay the series' first American champion in six years.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay opens his defense of the IndyCar championship Sunday with the series season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Honda Grand Prix on a 1.8-mile street course in St. Petersburg is the first of 19 races on the Izod IndyCar Series calendar. The series then moves to the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala., on April 7, followed by the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that's held on the city's seaside streets April 21. Hunter-Reay, who drives for the Andretti Autosport team, won the series title in dramatic fashion in Southern California in September at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Fast Five" ran over the competition at the box office this past weekend, shifting movie ticket sales into high gear for the first time this year. The first big-budget studio tent-pole film of the summer season grossed $83.6 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. That marks the biggest opening of the year, speeding past the $39.2-million debut of 20th Century Fox's "Rio" last month. "Fast Five," the fifth installment of the popular street-racing franchise, lapped the other two new films that debuted in wide release.
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August 22, 2010 | Wire services
Journeyman professional golfer Arjun Atwal became the first qualifier in 24 years to win a PGA Tour event on Sunday, shooting a three-under-par 67 to secure a one-shot victory at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Atwal, who also became the first India-born player to win on the Tour, finished with a 20-under 260 to earn a total of $918,000, more than double his earnings this year. The 38-year-old had to qualify for the tournament on Monday because he had lost his Tour card because of a lack of earnings, becoming the first qualifier to win since Fred Wadsworth won at the 1986 Southern Open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A 19-year-old Pico Rivera man was killed Saturday after being struck by a car that police said was involved in a race on Imperial Highway. Police were withholding the victim's identity pending notification of his family. He was hit in a crosswalk at the intersection with Brookshire Avenue. A friend who was with him suffered a broken leg. Police said Adam Gutierrez, 26, of Downey, was racing his 2005 Subaru Impreza against a black Honda Civic when he lost control.
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March 12, 2009 | Christine Hanley and Lance Pugmire
He was a former lawman who called himself "Mask" and advocated a hold-nothing-back lifestyle that helped transform mixed martial arts fighting into a craze and turned his own fighting apparel company into a multimillion-dollar business.
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September 29, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Police arrested 187 people gathered at an illegal street racing site in an industrial area near Ontario International Airport early Sunday, authorities said. Among those arrested were two drivers and a "flagger," who signals the start of the race, police said. They were booked on misdemeanor charges, given citations and released, said Sgt. David McBride of the Ontario Police Department. Authorities also picked up 184 spectators who were lining the streets to watch the race. They were given citations for watching the illegal activity.
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