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February 17, 2014 |
Witnesses of a fiery crash near Fresno that killed a mother and her four children over the weekend described how they had to pull the husband away from the burning wreckage as he tried to rescue his family. "My husband ran out, he saw a car engulfed in flames and a man running around the car wanting to get his family out," Lori Pierce told the Fresno Bee . "He was in such shock we just had to pull him away. " Authorities said the 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. Saturday in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno.
November 16, 2011 |
Mazda says its new CX-5 is the first of its vehicles to embody kodo , with a jinba ittai sensibility that incorporates karakuri . What does that mean? The next-generation compact SUV unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday is blazing a new trail for the Japanese auto maker with a fuel-efficient and stylish all-wheel-drive man wagon. Tweaking the infamous Mazda tagline, the CX-5 isn't just zoom-zoom. It's sustainable zoom-zoom -- more efficient, more fun and more environmentally friendly, the company says.
April 30, 2012 |
Seven members of a single family, including grandparents visiting from Dominican Republic and their 3-year-old granddaughter, were killed when the SUV in which they were riding skidded across three lanes of traffic and plunged off a highway nearly 60 feet into Bronx Zoo property. Sunday's fatal crash was the second time in a year that a vehicle has tumbled over the Bronx River Parkway guardrails, which are about 4 feet high. The Bronx borough president, Ruben Diaz Jr., planned to meet with transit officials Monday, and said he would raise the issue of the height of the parkway's guardrails, at least in some sections.
March 10, 2013 |
Officials don't know where the SUV was headed. They just know that eight teenagers, one as young as 14, were riding in it. When the vehicle hit a guardrail Sunday morning just south of the eastern Ohio city of Warren, it overturned and ended up in a pond. Six passengers died, leaving yet another community in grief and shock. Officials said none of the teens were wearing seat belts. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reported that the vehicle was a 1998 Honda Passport, which normally can seat five passengers, according to the Kelley Blue Book.
February 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- The Strip's most notable intersection was back in business as police continued their manhunt for a black Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on a Maserati early Thursday, causing a fiery crash that left three people dead, including an aspiring rapper. Authorities on Friday were conducting a four-state search for the occupants of the luxury SUV, who police said opened fire on the Maserati about 4:20 a.m. Thursday following a verbal altercation at a valet stand outside the Aria resort and hotel.
April 29, 2010 |
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that it had resumed sales of its Lexus GX 460 SUV, having suspended them to fix a glitch in the vehicle's stability-control system. The automaker also said it had begun contacting U.S. owners of the 2010 GX to arrange to update the software that controls the system in their vehicles. The problem does not affect earlier models. Earlier this month, Toyota had said it would recall 9,400 Lexus GX 460 SUVs from the 2010 model year to correct a problem that could lead to a loss of control.
October 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Motorcyclists familiar with the annual pack ride known as Hollywood's Block Party were excited about this year's bash, and for good reason. The 2011 ride through New York City was "a zoo," according to an online post that included a photograph of hundreds of bikers roaring up an expressway, the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance. The 2012 ride, which involved a takeover of Times Square that was captured on video, was equally raucous. "Last year was crazy.
February 23, 2013 |
Las Vegas authorities have identified a man with an extensive criminal history as the lead suspect responsible for the wild gunfire and fiery crash that left three people dead and shut down part of the famed Strip. Police were searching for Ammar Harris, 26, also known as Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. Meanwhile, the families of the three victims found themselves bonded by the tragedy, a collision of gun, glitz and death at one of the most famous intersections in the world. PHOTOS: Shots fired on Vegas strip One victim was a two-time breast-cancer survivor and businesswoman on her way to the airport.
March 1, 2004 |
A sport utility vehicle hit a man on an interstate highway and dragged his body -- apparently lodged in the suspension -- 8 1/2 miles to the driver's home, police said. Josuel Galdino, 25, of Lorton, was charged with manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and felony hit-and-run after calling police to report that a man's body was caught in the front-end suspension of his SUV.
April 29, 2001
It was disheartening to read that record numbers of mid-size car owners are making the move to SUVs ["Mid-Size Cars Feel the Sting of SUV Popularity," April 25]. As a sedan driver in Los Angeles, I've grown tired of the crowded parking lots, the blinding headlights at night and the fear of annihilation in a collision. All this for a vehicle that appears rarely to be used for either ostensible purpose of sport or utility. Meanwhile, the gas guzzlers are worsening air pollution, helping drive up gas prices and increasing our already dangerous dependence on international sources of oil. At a time when auto manufacturers are battling legal mandates to produce more zero-emissions vehicles, while cranking up production of highly profitable SUVs, a little social responsibility by citizens and corporations alike seems to be sorely needed.