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May 10, 2001
An 89-year-old couple and a 20-year-old pregnant woman were hospitalized in critical condition after their cars collided Wednesday, authorities said. The pregnant woman underwent an emergency caesarean section to deliver the baby, also listed in critical condition, a spokeswoman at Northridge Hospital Medical Center said. The accident occurred at 11:10 a.m. at the intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue, said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.
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May 10, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a fatal accident in the San Fernando Valley this week, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday asked police to increase patrols by motorcycle officers. "Something has to be done, and our Police Commission and our chief are not paying attention to this," said Councilman Hal Bernson, who represents the northwest Valley. "That's why more people are being injured and killed in accidents in our city."
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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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April 30, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four people were injured, two critically, when a driver ran a red light Sunday and slammed into another vehicle in Northridge, authorities said. A Plymouth Neon westbound on Nordhoff Street went through the intersection at Winnetka Avenue and struck a southbound Dodge Intrepid shortly before 6 p.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Morlee Watson said. Authorities said a woman inside the Intrepid was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, where her condition was listed as critical.
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April 25, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys man whose leg was crushed against a light post in an accident involving a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car was awarded $1.25 million Tuesday. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the settlement for Isaac Zamora, 28, a gardener from Mexico. "It's an extremely reasonable settlement, given the circumstances of the case," said Todd Macaluso, Zamora's attorney. "This was a hard-working kid who used to be very active and now has to cope with losing a limb."
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April 21, 2001
A 45-year-old man was killed in North Hollywood on Friday when he tried to pass an 18-wheel truck on a small motorized scooter, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. The scooter, driven by North Hollywood resident Ron Michaels, collided with the truck about 12:20 p.m. at Colfax Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.
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