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October 23, 2000
Re "Ford Passed Up Chance to Boost Explorer's Stability," Oct. 18: I've had Explorers for eight years now and have never rolled either of them. The reason that apparently is overlooked by most drivers I see? I know it's a truck, not a car, and you have to be a little more responsible, which seems to be beyond the comprehension of many SUV drivers. JIM MAKICHUK Sherman Oaks
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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.
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OPINION
April 1, 2004
I love the high gas prices. I hope they go higher. As I sit reading The Times on the commuter express bus or drive my hybrid car past the gas station, I smile and wave at the SUV drivers filling their behemoths at $2.50 per gallon. At 12.5 miles to the gallon, a round trip for one of these monsters from Woodland Hills to downtown costs $10. Let the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wannabes in their Hummers and the rest of the selfish, inconsiderate drivers of these road-hogging, view-blocking monsters pay the price for their folly -- $3 per gallon this summer!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in tracking down an SUV driver suspected of intentionally hitting a pedestrian who was thrown 60 feet, resulting in his death. The 50-year-old victim, who was not immediately identified, was standing in the street "near the west curb" of the 600 block of San Julian Street when the SUV, heading north, hit him around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told police the driver appeared "to intentionally point" his vehicle at the victim and "accelerate at a high rate of speed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2000
Jim Makichuk has absolutely no right to condemn owners of Ford Explorers for not being "responsible drivers" (letter, Oct. 23). The Firestone tires are the cause of these accidents. I, too, have owned SUVs since 1990. Our 1996 Ford Explorer, equipped with Firestone Wilderness ATs, experienced tread separation on June 16. I was driving the speed limit on the freeway and the car rolled over when the tread peeled off. The car was totaled and my entire family, including my husband and two children, was traumatized by this horrific experience.
OPINION
July 19, 2003
Re "Heavy Smog Stages a Return to Southland," July 12: This should come as no surprise. Everyone, step out of your egos and your comfort zones and take a look around. All these SUVs and other forms of conspicuous consumption have got to go -- now. It's like a credit card: We have our fun, then pay later, with interest. Our air is the filthiest in the nation. Our conventional mentality has to go the way of the dinosaurs, whose remains are not only toxic to our air but are also in highly limited supply.
NEWS
October 1, 1998
Regarding "You in the Rolling Fortress, Give the Little Guy a Break!" [Carmentary, by Cathy Curtis, Aug. 27]: Up here in the Northwest's version of Yuppieville, every third vehicle is a sport-utility vehicle of some kind, and they drive with the same kind of reckless abandon and "up yours" attitude as in L.A. Even in my Volvo 740 wagon, I feel only semi-protected at best against these four-wheeled dreadnoughts. I'm not sure what the solution is. Maybe we fickle Americans will soon tire of SUVs and go on to the Next Big Thing.
NEWS
March 11, 1999 | JEANNE WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you've ever witnessed a sport-utility vehicle reeling out of control, you'll appreciate why auto makers have been ordered to post dramatic rollover warnings on these hulking, high-riding vehicles. It's unnerving, to say the least. On the 405 Freeway last fall, I saw a speeding SUV attempt to sharply change lanes. The maneuver resulted in the vehicle violently rocking back and forth and nearly toppling onto another car.
OPINION
March 23, 2002
Thank you for John Balzar's excellent proposal to restrict bulky SUVs to the slower truck lane (Commentary, March 17). As for the notion of "increased vehicle fees," how about implementing a graduated air quality tax whereby the cost of gasoline would be determined by the vehicle's fuel efficiency: If a Ford Exposition averages 12 mpg and my Toyota Corolla averages 36 mpg, it seems only fair that the Exposition driver should pay three times as much...
AUTOS
November 10, 2004 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
On Oct. 27, 14-year-old Cindy Gallegos was on her way to school and Olimpia Ordunez, 27, was heading to work when they were both struck and killed by SUVs in separate incidents during a blustery rainstorm in Orange County. Both were hit as they attempted to cross intersections in south Orange County. Both of the SUV drivers told police they didn't see the pedestrians until it was too late.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2009 | Martha Groves
A woman driving an SUV died Saturday after her vehicle crashed into the wall on the right shoulder of the eastbound 10 Freeway in Pomona, according to California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter. The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. just east of the Fairplex Drive exit. Caltrans personnel found the woman unconscious in her vehicle. Porter said the cause of the crash was under investigation. Jerry McKibben, an investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner's office, said he did not yet know the woman's name or age. -- Martha Groves
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The father of a 7-year-old boy killed at a Westminster bus stop by a driver reaching for his cellphone stood in front of the hospital where his wife lay in critical condition Thursday to demand that justice be done. "This is a crime," Manuel Rojas, 35, told reporters gathered near the entrance of the UCI Medical Center in Orange. "Today my wife asked, 'What about my son?' I had to tell her that he died."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
The driver of an SUV was killed and his passenger wounded Tuesday after they were chased by gunmen in cars who kept shooting even after the SUV crashed, authorities said. The shooting took place in the 10000 block of Grande Vista Avenue in Boyle Heights about 2:30 p.m., police said. The gunmen drove up to the victims in two cars, firing several rounds as the SUV led them in a chase, then flipped over into the yard of a private home. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene from bullet wounds.
WORLD
October 10, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
If the French marauders known as The Deflated waged their brand of urban subversion in Southern California, the mecca of the sport utility vehicle, by now they would probably have been jailed, beaten, shot or at least sued. But five weeks after the clandestine crew of environmentalists launched a low-intensity war on SUVs in Paris, there are no casualties to report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
The injured passengers from Wednesday's deadly Metrolink crash and the families of the dead may have a difficult time winning money from the transit agency because the deaths were largely caused by Juan Manuel Alvarez, who now faces murder charges, according to legal experts. The passengers "have a tough road ahead," said Larry R.
AUTOS
November 10, 2004 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
On Oct. 27, 14-year-old Cindy Gallegos was on her way to school and Olimpia Ordunez, 27, was heading to work when they were both struck and killed by SUVs in separate incidents during a blustery rainstorm in Orange County. Both were hit as they attempted to cross intersections in south Orange County. Both of the SUV drivers told police they didn't see the pedestrians until it was too late.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- The bad habits of gas-guzzling, road-hogging sport utility vehicles are a red-hot topic, but consumers bought 4 million of them last year, and the Bush administration is unlikely to impose safety and environmental changes that could kill the market.
AUTOS
June 5, 2002 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Honda often is late to the party with new vehicles, but when it finally shows up, its presence can elevate the quality of the crowd. So it was with the new Odyssey minivan and the upscale Acura MDX crossover sport utility. Each set a new standard for its category when introduced in the fall of 1999 as 2001 models. And so it will be with the Honda Pilot, a family-oriented SUV crossover built off the same Odyssey platform as the MDX. "It is 67% MDX," says chief program engineer Frank Paluch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the driver who fled after she struck and injured a 61-year-old pedestrian. The pedestrian was hit about 6:15 a.m. Monday by a white SUV at California Terrace and Los Alisos Boulevard, officials said. She suffered severe head and ankle injuries. Authorities said the female driver may have been unaware she struck someone. Anyone with information is asked to call (949) 425-1860.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2004 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was killed Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga after a driver ran a red light and hit his motorcycle, authorities said. Deputy Ron Ibes, 43, of Upland died at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton after the 2:30 p.m. collision, said Robin Haynal, a Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. The driver also was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition.
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