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August 2, 1988 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
Actor Trinidad Silva, best known for his roles as a Latino gang member in the "Hill Street Blues" television series and the movie "Colors," was killed and his wife and son were injured when their pickup truck was struck by a drunk driver in Whittier, police reported Monday. "This is a great loss to a lot of people," fellow actor Edward James Olmos said Monday. "(Silva) was a man who had committed himself totally to his craft, one of the most gifted persons I've worked with.
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January 18, 2002 | HUGO MARTIN and SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A big rig driver lost control of his truck on the Long Beach Freeway on Thursday morning, punching through a median barrier into oncoming traffic and causing a chain-reaction collision that killed a judge and injured nine other people. The accident near Bandini Boulevard in the city of Bell involved nine cars and one other truck. Thousands of commuters on freeways and side streets in every direction were affected.
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April 23, 2000 | SUE FOX
The 13-year-old son of actor Pierce Brosnan was seriously hurt early Saturday in what police suspect was a drunk-driving accident on a steep mountain road, authorities said.. Sean Brosnan suffered multiple fractures and spinal injuries when the car in which he was riding plunged 150 to 200 feet over the embankment of a winding private road, said Officer Frank Sansone of the California Highway Patrol. The incident occurred just east of Kanan Dume Road about 3:45 a.m. The driver, James P.
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January 14, 2002 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Saugus High School athletes were killed early Sunday morning in a high-speed crash. The driver had no license, the accident's investigator said. Robert Smith and Sheldon Bell, both 17 and seniors, died about 1 a.m. Sunday after Smith lost control of his Ford Mustang. The speeding car left thick skid marks as it crossed a median, spun around and rammed a backyard retaining wall of a Saugus house. Bell was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
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May 11, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Actress Halle Berry pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of leaving the scene of a West Hollywood car accident and was sentenced to three years' probation, fined $13,500 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Countering the other driver's allegation, the prosecutor in the case at Beverly Hills Superior Court said there was no evidence that Berry had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the Feb. 23 collision.
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July 6, 1988
Traffic accidents killed at least eight people in Los Angeles County during the Fourth of July weekend, and more than 600 people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, officials said Tuesday. Statewide, 57 people were killed in traffic accidents during the holiday reporting period from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday, compared to 51 in 1987, California Highway Patrol Officer Jill Angel said. At least 39 of those killed were not wearing seat belts, she said.
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September 7, 1994
Thirteen people died in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County over the Labor Day weekend, compared to three during the same period last year, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Statewide, the number of fatalities declined dramatically, from 68 last year to 38 for the 78-hour period that ended at midnight Monday, said CHP Officer Tito Gomez. He said the figures could change.
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January 3, 1995
Seven people died in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County over the holiday weekend and 248 were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday. The death and arrest totals were up from last year, when five fatalities and 228 drunken driving arrests were reported countywide, CHP Officer Garry Goldberg said. Drunken driving arrests were also up statewide--1,148 this year, contrasted with 1,060 a year ago.
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September 7, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE
One person died in a Santa Clarita Valley traffic accident during Labor Day weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol. The individual died in Newhall, CHP Officer Pablo Torres said. Overall, 13 people died in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County, an increase from three fatalities last year. Statewide, fatal traffic accidents over the Labor Day holiday fell 44%, to 38 from 68 last year.
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August 25, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge reduced charges against radio talk show host Ira Fistell on Thursday for his involvement in a February car accident that left a teen-age girl dead. After a three-hour preliminary hearing that stretched over two court days, Municipal Judge Elva Soper ruled that Fistell, 53, and his wife, Tonda, 54, should be charged with misdemeanors rather than felonies, saying their sentences would probably be the same either way if they are convicted.
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December 23, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soon after Amy Wisenor and her mother, Diana, moved to Palmdale three years ago, they noticed the crude wooden crosses, bouquets and other memorials to crash victims along the narrow highway officially called California 138. "Mom and I even discussed it when we drove by, how sad it is for those families of people who died," Wisenor said. "You never think it's going to be you."
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October 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 22-year-old woman was killed over the weekend when her car made a U-turn and collided with a minivan, authorities said. Jessica Plein of Lancaster died at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 2:40 a.m. Sunday on 30th Street West north of Avenue J, Los Angeles Sheriff's Sgt. Gus Risinger said. After the vehicles collided, both ran off the road into a dirt field. Plein's passenger, a 21-year-old woman, and five people in the minivan were treated for minor injuries.
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September 9, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 32-year-old Sherman Oaks man was killed early Saturday when the motorcycle he was riding struck a dump truck on the Ventura Freeway and he was thrown off and struck by a car, authorities said. The accident occurred about 1:40 a.m. on the westbound freeway near White Oak Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said. After hitting the truck, the motorcyclist fell onto the White Oak Avenue offramp and was struck by the car.
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September 4, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Rowland Heights woman was killed early Monday in a multi-vehicle crash on the Pomona Freeway, police said. The 38-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was a passenger in a car headed east on the freeway just before 4 a.m. when it rear-ended another vehicle, then stalled in the fast lane near Azusa Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Spencer Ammons said. He said the victim's car was then struck from behind by a third vehicle.
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September 4, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
An El Monte woman backing a car down the driveway of her home Monday struck and killed her 21-month-old daughter, police said. Doris Hernandez, 29, was driving just before 10 a.m. when she hit her daughter, Marily, in the 2600 block of Tyler Avenue, said Lt. Craig Sperry of the El Monte Police Department. The girl was rushed to an El Monte hospital but was pronounced dead, Sperry said.
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September 2, 2001
Five people were killed on Los Angeles County highways during the first 12 hours of the Labor Day weekend, compared with two traffic-related deaths during the same period last year, the California Highway Patrol reported Saturday. Three of the fatalities occurred in two separate crashes, and involved men in their early 20s, possibly drunk, driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
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June 2, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Two people died in San Fernando Valley traffic accidents during the Memorial Day weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol. One person died in North Hollywood and another was killed in Verdugo Hills, according to CHP spokesmen Mike Orozco and Pablo Torres. Overall, 13 people died in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County and 43 were killed statewide, Torres said. The patrol arrested 79 people suspected of driving drunk in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys from 6 p.
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September 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose minivan rolled into the rear of a restaurant Saturday with her slumped over the steering wheel and bleeding profusely. A customer at Coco's restaurant at West Las Tunas Drive and Santa Anita Avenue called police about 3:30 p.m. to report the car bumping into the building. No one in the restaurant was injured, police said. Arcadia police found the body of the woman, in her 40s, in the driver's seat, said Lt.
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August 31, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Authorities on Thursday were working to identify a man who was killed when his pickup truck crashed into an 18-wheeler and burst into flames. The driver of the 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck was northbound on 50th Street East, south of Avenue H in an area just outside Lancaster at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when he crossed over the center line and struck the big rig, said California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Gonzalez. The driver of the 18-wheeler suffered moderate injuries, he said.
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