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July 19, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Rancho Santa Margarita man was arrested late Tuesday in the hit-and-run death of a tow-truck driver on Interstate 5 after a witness followed him more than five miles, calling police on her cell phone when he pulled into his driveway. Donald Preston, 46, allegedly struck and killed Francisco Gallardo, a 27-year-old tow operator from Mission Viejo. Gallardo was helping a motorist with a flat tire on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 5 near Lake Forest Drive when he was hit.
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July 16, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A male pedestrian was on life support Sunday night after being struck in a three-vehicle collision in an intersection. Officers said a the driver of a Mitsubishi was headed west on Warner Avenue about 8:15 a.m. Sunday when her car collided with another vehicle entering Warner from Graham Street. The impact forced the Mitsubishi into the path of the pedestrian who was crossing Warner, police said. After striking him, the Mitsubishi reportedly struck another vehicle.
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July 13, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Willingham, an assistant football coach at Woodbridge High School and a self-employed commercial real estate agent, died July 6 of injuries suffered in a car accident June 26. Willingham, 52, of Irvine, had been in a coma since suffering massive head injuries in a crash on Highway 101 in King City, said his wife, Cynthia. He had been on life support at a Fresno hospital.
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July 9, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
One woman was in a coma and four other people were treated for lesser injuries following a high-speed chase that began early Sunday in downtown Huntington Beach and ended in a crash here five minutes later, police said. Police said the driver of the vehicle, James Alan Casey, 29, of Garden Grove, was being treated for injuries to the hands and arms. Police arrested Casey on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and evading police. Two passengers also were treated for injuries.
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July 9, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
A La Habra teenager died early Sunday after apparently losing control of his car and slamming into a utility pole and tree here, police said. Daniel Frederick, 17, suffered severe head and chest injuries in the crash, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. as he was driving north on Harbor Boulevard, about 100 feet north of Valley View, police said. Results of an autopsy were not available Sunday.
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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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July 3, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police are distributing fliers at local auto-repair shops in the hope of tracking down the driver who struck and killed a Laguna Beach High School student who was bicycling Sunday evening. Julio Perez, 18, a recent Mexican immigrant 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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