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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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April 16, 2001
A 72-year-old woman was killed Sunday after her husband accidentally backed his car into her as she guided him into the garage, crushing her against a wall, authorities said. Lily Abraham died of multiple trauma at Northridge Hospital Medical Center soon after the 10 a.m. incident, police said. "[The husband] unintentionally accelerated the vehicle," said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Ralph Fournier of the Valley Traffic Division.
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April 16, 2001
A brief police pursuit of a stolen pickup truck through the north San Fernando Valley ended Sunday evening when the truck crashed into another vehicle, killing one man and injuring at least three other people, authorities said. The identities of the victims were not available. The pursuit began about 6:45 p.m. when police tried to pull over the driver of a stolen 2001 Toyota Tundra in the 19000 block of Parthenia Street, said Sgt.
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April 16, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON and CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 17-year-old Northridge boy was arrested on suspicion of vehicular murder after the Mercedes-Benz he was driving allegedly sped out of control in Porter Ranch and crashed, killing his 18-year-old passenger, authorities said Sunday. Anthony Charles Famini, an 18-year-old from West Hills, was sitting in the front passenger seat of the four-door luxury sedan as it traveled west on Sesnon Boulevard near Porter Ranch Drive about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when the car crashed into a lamp post, said Lt.
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April 11, 2001
A driver who slammed into a center divider tree Tuesday afternoon on Valley Circle Boulevard in West Hills died in a hospital of injuries suffered in the accident, authorities said. The woman, whose identity was not released, was southbound in her Ford Escort in the 8000 block of Valley Circle about 4:30 p.m. when the vehicle crashed into the tree, said Lt. John McMahon of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division. "The tree wasn't all that thick," he said.
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