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February 21, 1995
An accident on Interstate 5 just south of the Grapevine caused delays for thousands of motorists returning home Monday, authorities said. A tractor-trailer and a car collided at 5:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5 north of Frazier Park, forcing authorities to close off all but one lane heading toward Los Angeles for about 90 minutes, said Officer Kerri Hawkins of the California Highway Patrol. One person suffered minor injuries in the crash and was hospitalized, the officer said.
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July 6, 2000 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A driver traveling the wrong way on a divided desert highway east of Mojave struck another car shortly after sunrise Wednesday, resulting in the fiery death of five people. The cars immediately burst into flames, killing the errant motorist as well as the driver and three passengers in the other vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer Bobbi Record. The fire burned so intensely that authorities on the scene could not identify the dead or even the make of the two cars.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1997 | ZAHIDA HAFEEZ
An Aliso Viejo woman was among three killed Wednesday afternoon in Kern County when a van returning from a church trip veered to one side of a rustic highway and rolled downhill several times. Li-Ming Wang Horist, 39, died after she was ejected from the van, said Mack Wimbish, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. She was a nine-year resident of Aliso Viejo, where she ran a metal-finishing business with her husband.
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April 5, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The driver of a flatbed truck who lost his load of concrete pipes on a Mojave Desert highway last summer, killing six people in two other vehicles, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Barstow courtroom to six felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The driver, Richard H. Sommerville, 59, of Riverside, was held on $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | MATEA GOLD and MARK ARAX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lauro Reyes and a dozen friends lived in a small duplex in East Los Angeles, supporting themselves through a weekly seven-hour trek up Interstate 5 to sell fruit along roadside corners in San Jose. Laden with mangoes and strawberries purchased at Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, the Mexican nationals headed north to an area where the competition was less fierce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1992 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Ventura mechanic who already had two drunk-driving convictions on his record has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunk-driving accident that killed a Van Nuys woman in Kern County. Bakersfield Superior Court Judge Roger D. Randall on Monday sentenced William Carl Brussow, 36. To avoid standing trial on a second-degree murder count, Randall had pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter while driving drunk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1997
Five people were killed and three others injured in Buttonwillow early Monday when a tractor-trailer plowed into the rear of their van, which burst into flames, the California Highway Patrol said. Two of the surviving passengers, identified as Moricio Reyes, 25, and Oscar Reyes Alexis, 21, both of Los Angeles, were flown to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Fresno, where they were listed in critical condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1995
An accident on the Golden State Freeway just south of the Grapevine caused delays for thousands of motorists returning home Monday afternoon from the three-day holiday weekend, authorities said. A tractor-trailer and a car collided at 5:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Frazier Park, forcing authorities to close all but one lane heading toward Los Angeles for about 90 minutes, said Officer Kerri Hawkins of the California Highway Patrol.
NEWS
April 5, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The driver of a flatbed truck who lost his load of concrete pipes on a Mojave Desert highway last summer, killing six people in two other vehicles, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Barstow courtroom to six felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The driver, Richard H. Sommerville, 59, of Riverside, was held on $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 12.
NEWS
July 6, 2000 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A driver traveling the wrong way on a divided desert highway east of Mojave struck another car shortly after sunrise Wednesday, resulting in the fiery death of five people. The cars immediately burst into flames, killing the errant motorist as well as the driver and three passengers in the other vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer Bobbi Record. The fire burned so intensely that authorities on the scene could not identify the dead or even the make of the two cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | MATEA GOLD and MARK ARAX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lauro Reyes and a dozen friends lived in a small duplex in East Los Angeles, supporting themselves through a weekly seven-hour trek up Interstate 5 to sell fruit along roadside corners in San Jose. Laden with mangoes and strawberries purchased at Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, the Mexican nationals headed north to an area where the competition was less fierce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1997
Five people were killed and three others injured in Buttonwillow early Monday when a tractor-trailer plowed into the rear of their van, which burst into flames, the California Highway Patrol said. Two of the surviving passengers, identified as Moricio Reyes, 25, and Oscar Reyes Alexis, 21, both of Los Angeles, were flown to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Fresno, where they were listed in critical condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1997 | ZAHIDA HAFEEZ
An Aliso Viejo woman was among three killed Wednesday afternoon in Kern County when a van returning from a church trip veered to one side of a rustic highway and rolled downhill several times. Li-Ming Wang Horist, 39, died after she was ejected from the van, said Mack Wimbish, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. She was a nine-year resident of Aliso Viejo, where she ran a metal-finishing business with her husband.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1995
An accident on Interstate 5 just south of the Grapevine caused delays for thousands of motorists returning home Monday, authorities said. A tractor-trailer and a car collided at 5:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5 north of Frazier Park, forcing authorities to close off all but one lane heading toward Los Angeles for about 90 minutes, said Officer Kerri Hawkins of the California Highway Patrol. One person suffered minor injuries in the crash and was hospitalized, the officer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1995
An accident on the Golden State Freeway just south of the Grapevine caused delays for thousands of motorists returning home Monday afternoon from the three-day holiday weekend, authorities said. A tractor-trailer and a car collided at 5:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Frazier Park, forcing authorities to close all but one lane heading toward Los Angeles for about 90 minutes, said Officer Kerri Hawkins of the California Highway Patrol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1992 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Ventura mechanic who already had two drunk-driving convictions on his record has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunk-driving accident that killed a Van Nuys woman in Kern County. Bakersfield Superior Court Judge Roger D. Randall on Monday sentenced William Carl Brussow, 36. To avoid standing trial on a second-degree murder count, Randall had pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter while driving drunk.
NEWS
October 23, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven members of a family riding along a rural Kern County road were killed in a head-on collision with a farm truck over the weekend, and California Highway Patrol officials were searching Sunday for the unharmed driver of the other vehicle after he fled the scene. CHP officials believed that the hit-and-run suspect, a farm worker driving a large water tanker at the time of the tragedy, had fled south en route to his native Mexico.
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