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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998
Let's kill two birds with one stone. Let's take the patently inefficient, non-carpool-encouraging diamond lanes and turn them into SUV-mandatory lanes. By requiring all noncommercial, visually obstructive vehicles to line up single file, blocking each other's views, it will encourage people to buy the low, light, fuel-efficient vehicles known as automobiles. Remember those? ALAN HOLLEB Santa Monica Isn't it odd that certain segments of our population get villainized almost at random.
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April 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Nine people were hurt Tuesday when an SUV plowed into a Starbucks in Folsom, officials said. Two of the nine were taken to hospitals for treatment after the 2:50 p.m. accident that occurred when the SUV crashed into the store on East Bidwell Street, according to the Sacramento Bee . No information about the SUV driver was released by police. It was unknown how many people were in the vehicle at the time. “No one from the vehicle was injured,” Folsom police Officer Andrew Bates told the Bee. “There was no substance abuse, and it was not a medically related crash.” The investigation is ongoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 20-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after crashing his sports utility vehicle into a Palmdale apartment building, killing a 16-year-old girl while she slept, authorities said. Roberto Rodriguez, of Palmdale, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, authorities said. Investigators believe the suspect was drunk at the time of the crash. The incident occurred about 3:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Avenue R, said Deputy Collin Reddy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
An SUV flipped onto its side and a car was engulfed in flames Wednesday after a police pursuit ended dramatically in Willowbrook . Police said the chase started less than four miles away, at a Ralph's grocery store, with an attempted kidnapping about 6:13 a.m. Details on the kidnapping target were not immediately available. Someone called police, and the suspect drove off with police in pursuit. The vehicle, which appeared to be a four-door sedan, collided with an SUV at 135 th Street and Avalon Boulevard.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A grand jury in New York has indicted an undercover detective who took part in a violent clash between motorcyclists and an SUV driver, an incident which gained nationwide attention after video of the altercation swept across the Internet. Wojciech Braszczok was indicted on nine different charges, including first-degree gang assault, first- and second-degree assault, riot and coercion, according to court records. Braszczok, 32, would face up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A man on a bicycle was shot dead and another man was wounded in Koreatown on Saturday afternoon, police said. A bicyclist was struck by a white SUV near the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and San Marino Street around 1:20 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Rayner. A man then stepped out of the car and fatally shot at the bicyclist as he lay on the ground, Rayner said. A second man was shot running away from the scene, receiving non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Here's one excuse to goof off on the Web while at work: A Mississippi man found a stolen SUV while browsing photos of his land on Google Earth. A spokeswoman for the George County sheriff in southern Mississippi laid out the odd tale in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Times. "On Monday morning, a local resident came in and said, 'You know, this weekend I was at work, working the night shift, and I decided to check out my hunting land,'" spokeswoman Shonna Pierce said Thursday.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Chandler Parsons probably is used to getting asked for autographs by Houston Rockets fans. But not quite under these circumstances. The Rockets' starting small forward was on his way to work a bit early Monday to see whether he'd be able to play in that night's game against San Antonio after injuring himself on a dunk Friday against Minnesota. Good thing he got off to that early start. Parsons told the Houston Chronicle that he was involved in a traffic accident -- and that the responsible driver was apparently a big fan of the team.
AUTOS
September 3, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Sorry, Jaguar purists, a crossover SUV is coming.  The British automaker confirmed over the weekend what had long been rumored: that a crossover was imminent. Sunday's announcement was thin on details other than Jaguar would be bringing a “concept study” to the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany on Saturday. PHOTOS: Highlights of the 2013 Frankfurt show The vehicle, dubbed C-X17, “has been created as a design study” for what the brand could do with a new aluminum platform Jaguar has developed that will serve as the basis for future vehicles, the automaker said in a statement.  Jaguar wouldn't confirm additional details on the concept, but don't get too attached to the name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The San Jose baby that was found dead hours after a distracted father accidentally left the child strapped in an SUV was just a few feet from where neighbors said they were working on a car and damaged sidewalk. The father, who authorities have not identified, had parked his car Wednesday morning on Payne Avenue with the 9-month-old strapped in a car seat and went about his workday until he came back to find the baby about 7:15 p.m., authorities said. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Chandler Parsons probably is used to getting asked for autographs by Houston Rockets fans. But not quite under these circumstances. The Rockets' starting small forward was on his way to work a bit early Monday to see whether he'd be able to play in that night's game against San Antonio after injuring himself on a dunk Friday against Minnesota. Good thing he got off to that early start. Parsons told the Houston Chronicle that he was involved in a traffic accident -- and that the responsible driver was apparently a big fan of the team.
AUTOS
April 15, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Sitting on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid in Manhattan on Monday night, Land Rover's Discovery Concept SUV previewed much more than just a future vehicle from the historically British brand. It signified a major reorganization for Land Rover itself. The automaker announced that the Discovery name -- previously used on a single model -- will now expand to become a range of vehicles. Similar to how Range Rover has always been Land Rover's high-end, luxury-oriented sub-brand.
AUTOS
April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joel Rubin
A veteran LAPD motorcycle officer died Wednesday, several days after he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. Fellow officers and family members had been holding vigil for Chris Cortijo - a member of the department for nearly 27 years - at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since the Saturday accident. A visibly shaken LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday called Cortijo's death the "ultimate irony," noting that the officer had arrested more than 3,000 drivers suspected of being under the influence and "in doing so saved countless lives.
AUTOS
April 8, 2014 | By David Undercoffler, This post has been updated to reflect new developments.
Some of the country's most popular midsize sport utility vehicles flunked a recent series of crash tests, leading the influential magazine Consumer Reports to pull its coveted "recommended" rating for three of the vehicles. The independant Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Tuesday that the Kia Sorrento, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 all earned a "poor" overall rating in the front overlap crash test. Six others passed the test. The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins scored "good" ratings from the IIHS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By KTLA
Students at El Dorado High School in Placentia on Monday paid tribute to a 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck by an SUV while skateboarding over the weekend. Logan Wells, 16, was struck by an SUV on Bastanchury Road near Secretariat Way in Yorba Linda around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, investigators said. He later died at a hospital. Friends told KTLA-TV Wells was a typical teen who loved skateboarding and wearing Hawaiian shirts. As the school week began, Wells' classmates honored him by wearing Hawaiian shirts and bucket hats, another staple of his wardrobe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a crash that left a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer in critical condition, police said. Qaneak Cobb of Pacoima was arrested after the collision, which took place about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street, police said. The officer, whose name has not been released, was stopped at a traffic light when Cobb's red SUV struck him from behind and pinned him to the car in front, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two men found fatally shot in an SUV in a South Los Angeles alleyway. Police responded to a call of shots fired near Florence and Cimarron avenues shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, said LAPD Officer Sarah Dunster of the 77th Street Division. They found the men in a Nissan Murano parked in an alley behind a home. Both had been shot in the head, Dunster said. Coroner's officials identified one of the men as Dorian Hernandez, 42, of Los Angeles.
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