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July 7, 2001
Two men were killed Friday night when their car struck a bobtail truck on an offramp of the eastbound Riverside Freeway, authorities said. The accident happened at 7:54 p.m. on the Brookhurst Street offramp, said Officer Mark Reeves of the California Highway Patrol. The two men, who had not been identified, were in a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier that exited too fast, Reeves said, slamming into the rear of the truck, which had slowed or stopped on the ramp.
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July 5, 2001 | From Times staff reports
A 28-year-old man was killed late Wednesday when he stepped in front of a moving car on a Laguna Hills street, authorities said. The man, whose identity was not released, suffered severe head injuries about 9:15 p.m. near the Laguna Hills Mall, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Larry Abbott. Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that the victim strolled into traffic on Avenida de la Carlota just north of Los Alisos Boulevard, Abbott said.
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July 4, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A California Highway Patrol investigation has cleared a Brea police officer of any wrongdoing in an April traffic accident in which a man and woman died and two girls were injured. The 50-page report by the CHP's Fatal Accident Investigation Team concluded that the collision happened when Thomas Anthony Savas, 42, of Anaheim ran a red left-turn light at Esperanza Road and Fairlynn Boulevard in an unincorporated area near Anaheim.
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July 3, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police are distributing fliers at local auto repair shops in hopes of tracking down the driver who struck and killed a Laguna Beach High School student Sunday evening. Julio Perez, 18, a recent immigrant from Mexico who worked two jobs to help support his family in addition to going to school, was on his way home from playing basketball. He was riding east in the bike lane in the 1800 block of Laguna Canyon Road shortly after 8 p.m.
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June 30, 2001 | Jessica Garrison
A Fullerton teenager struck by a van while riding his skateboard was in critical condition Friday at UCI Medical Center in Orange, authorities said. The boy, 15, was hit while crossing at Orangethorpe Avenue and Pacific Drive in Fullerton about 8 p.m. Thursday, Fullerton Police Lt. Mike Maynard said. The driver was westbound on Orangethorpe when his van struck the boy, who sustained major head trauma, police said. The driver was not charged. The investigation continues, Maynard said.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An overturned truck shut down Laguna Canyon Road in both directions for more than an hour Monday night, authorities said. The driver was injured, but authorities did not know immediately how seriously, said Officer Katrina Lundgren of the California Highway Patrol. Investigators did not release the driver's name or age.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The wife of an optometrist who was killed when a big rig plowed through a red light in Anaheim Hills filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against the driver and the trucking company that employed him. Trucker Anthony Robert Saiz was allegedly driving under the influence of methamphetamines March 8, when his overloaded big rig careened down a steep grade. He barreled into the intersection, setting off a 12-vehicle collision that killed Kenneth Michael Larkin, 53, of Anaheim Hills.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A motorist was killed late Sunday when his car veered off the road and he was ejected, police said. Harry Wilson, 43, of Rancho Santa Margarita died at the Rancho Santa Margarita scene from major head injuries, Orange County coroner's officials said Monday. Wilson was traveling south on the Foothill Transportation Corridor near Antonio Parkway shortly after 11 p.m. when his 1998 Jeep Cherokee crossed the center divider and overturned, said Officer Denise Quesada of the California Highway Patrol.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A man who was walking his bicycle across a street early Monday was struck and killed by a car, authorities said. The man, in his 50s, was crossing Cerritos Avenue when he was hit by a northbound car traveling about 45 mph on Beach Boulevard, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. John Brimmage said. The pedestrian's name was not released pending notification of relatives. Brimmage said the light was green for the driver. No one was cited; the investigation continues.
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June 25, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A vehicle occupied by an elderly couple was broadsided on Sunday at Chapman and North Woods avenues in Fullerton, and the wife was seriously injured, police said. Their car was sent into a signal box, knocking out power at the intersection, police said. Hillis Maxey, 80, and his wife, Ethel, 79, were westbound on Chapman Avenue about 1:20 p.m., according to Fullerton police. As the couple turned left toward Woods Avenue at a green light, their car was hit by an eastbound car going about 35 mph.
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