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April 7, 2001
Two Los Angeles police officers responding to a traffic collision Friday morning ended up in one, authorities said. Officers Michael Amado, 30, and Ingram Rodriguez, 31, were heading to an accident at Van Nuys and Ventura boulevards at 6:45 a.m. when their car was hit by a Toyota 4Runner, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Robert Courtland said. After stopping at Woodman Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard, the officers drove through the intersection with sirens blaring and red lights flashing, according to Sgt.
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April 4, 2001 | ELISE GEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A speeding sport utility vehicle driven by a suspected burglar killed a woman when it plowed into several cars, including the woman's auto, at a busy Los Angeles intersection, police said. The driver and a passenger in the sport utility vehicle were critically injured, said Lt. Dave Tankenson of the Culver City Police Department, which briefly chased the vehicle before the crash. A fourth person whose car was rammed was hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening, Tankenson said.
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April 2, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police were searching Sunday for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 36-year-old Winnetka woman and seriously injured her 3-year-old son. Maritza Huete was pronounced dead at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from massive trauma about 10 p.m. Saturday. Her son was in serious condition Sunday with multiple abdominal injuries, hospital officials said. Witnesses told police that Huete and her son were crossing Roscoe Boulevard near Penfield Avenue in Winnetka about 7:30 p.m.
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April 2, 2001
A Burbank police officer was injured Sunday when he was hit by a pickup truck while directing traffic, authorities said. Officer Kelly Carsten was directing traffic at Magnolia and Glenoaks boulevards because of filming in the area when he was hit by a vehicle making a left turn about 4:30 p.m., a police spokesman said. Carsten, who has worked for the Burbank Police Department for more than 20 years, was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he was admitted.
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March 30, 2001 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Tujunga woman was killed and two of her sons were injured when a large commercial van slammed into her disabled car on the westbound Foothill Freeway on Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said. Mery Argueta Miranda, 43, was pronounced dead at Pacifica of the Valley Hospital in Sun Valley at 1 p.m., said Scott Carrier, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. She was wearing a seat belt, officials said.
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March 29, 2001 | From Times staff reports
A man driving a stolen SUV was killed Tuesday west of downtown Los Angeles after he ran a stop sign and collided with several cars, police said. The driver, Derrick Wallace, of Moreno Valley, was southbound on Sycamore Avenue when he ran a stop sign and was struck by a 1995 Jeep Cherokee driven by Yong Sim Lee, 51, police said. The 2001 Chevrolet Blazer overturned as it struck several parked cars. Wallace, 37, was ejected at Sycamore and Eighth Street about 3:45 p.m.
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March 27, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A steady rise in San Fernando Valley traffic deaths has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley traffic division to order patrol officers to issue more traffic citations, a spokesman said Monday.
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March 27, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A steady rise in San Fernando Valley traffic fatalities has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division to order patrol officers to write more tickets, officials said Monday.
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March 14, 2001
Three people were injured, one critically, when two cars collided about noon Tuesday in Northridge, police said. Gary Reyna, 36, was driving north on Louise Avenue when his car swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup truck, police said. He was trying to avoid a car stopped in his lane that was waiting to make a left turn onto Stagg Street, police said. "It was too late when he saw the vehicle stopped," said Officer Dago Espino of the Valley Traffic Division.
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March 3, 2001 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A driver who allegedly sideswiped three parked cars in Reseda on Wednesday while her passenger was hanging her head out the window--resulting in the death of the passenger--has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, authorities said Friday. Karen Louise Shaw, 27, was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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