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June 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The driver of a sedan that ran off the road in March and killed a 77-year-old Valley Village resident was sentenced to a year in jail. Edward Brown of Panorama City pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter after losing control of his car when his brakes failed. The sedan careened onto a Sherman Oaks sidewalk, striking Nasrollah Rezaie, who was standing near a bus stop. Rezaie died shortly after the 7:15 a.m. accident.
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June 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 56-year-old man was struck by a car and killed Thursday night while illegally crossing a dark stretch of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Chatsworth resident Steven Ettleson was wearing black clothing as he crossed the street just west of Whitsett Avenue. He was hit by a vehicle heading west about 11:20 p.m., Officer Morlee Watson said. The driver, a 21-year-old Sylmar man, was not charged.
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June 1, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A sport-utility vehicle carrying five teenagers overturned in Chatsworth on Thursday morning, leaving two girls in critical condition, authorities said. The youths were riding in a Ford Expedition when it rolled over several times on private property near 11100 Browns Canyon Road about 2:25 a.m., said Bob Collis, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The car did not have tires that had been recalled, he said.
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May 28, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 56-year-old woman died Sunday and several others were injured in a fiery freeway crash near Sylmar that involved at least half a dozen vehicles, authorities said. Authorities believe that alcohol may have been a factor, said Officer Rosa Ray of the California Highway Patrol. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m.
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May 22, 2001 | From Times staff reports
A man who police said left the scene of a weekend accident that killed a 9-year-old girl has been arrested. Ismael Zuniga, 19, was arrested Sunday at his home a few blocks from the accident site. Addsav Kov had been crossing East 51st Street in the 1800 block from her home to a playground when she was struck Saturday, Officer Jason Lee said. Witnesses said that the car was speeding and that it continued west, Lee said.
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May 9, 2001
One woman was killed and a young girl was among five people injured when a minivan jumped a street corner in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon and drove onto a sidewalk outside a homeless mission, authorities said. Several of the injured pedestrians were pinned under the van that had collided with another car at around 4:44 p.m. at Los Angeles and 4th streets, said LAPD Sgt. Roy Ballesteros. A woman in her 30s died shortly after being transported to County-USC Medical Center.
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May 7, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two people were killed and two critically injured when a pickup truck carrying eight family members veered off a freeway and rolled over near Sylmar on Sunday, authorities said. The driver, Francisco Luis, 34, of Agua Dulce and Alondra Rivera, 3, of Van Nuys were killed. The 1988 Ford F-150 truck was traveling south on the Golden State Freeway just beyond the Foothill Freeway overpass when it crashed about 12:45 p.m.
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May 4, 2001 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A racially motivated shooting may have preceded the hijacking of an MTA bus and a wild chase through downtown Los Angeles that ended after the bus crashed into a van, killing a mother of three, police said Thursday. "It appears the crime . . . prior to the commandeering of the bus and the hostage-taking, was hatred-motivated," Det. Dennis English of the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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May 3, 2001 | EDWARD J. BOYER and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A shooting suspect hijacked an MTA bus Wednesday, leading police on a wild 2-mile chase through rush-hour traffic downtown before the bus collided with a van and a delivery truck, killing the van's driver and injuring seven others, Los Angeles police said. The bus, with the driver with a gun to her head and five passengers aboard, then careened through the metal fence of a restaurant parking lot at San Pedro and Boyd streets, crashing into more than a dozen cars.
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April 30, 2001
An ambulance on its way to an emergency was hit head-on by a pickup truck in San Fernando Sunday night, causing the ambulance to burst into flames. The driver of the truck was critically injured and the two paramedics in the ambulance, from Rescue Unit 91, were seriously injured, said Bob Collis, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Workman Street.
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