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June 14, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striking back at big rig drivers who cause deadly traffic crashes, the California Highway Patrol plans a crackdown today on truckers who break the law. The CHP said the statewide operation, set to begin at dawn, will send a beefed-up force of up to 1,500 officers to target violators whose driving threatens the lives and safety of others. "They've got to slow these things down. They've got to drive more responsibly," CHP Commissioner D.O. "Spike" Helmick said of menacing big rig operators.
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June 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
About 4,500 customers lost electricity Saturday after a pickup truck hit a utility pole at Beach Boulevard and Indianapolis Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Nearly 4,000 customers regained power by 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a Southern California Edison spokesman. The rest got it back by 3:15 p.m., he said. The unidentified driver was taken to a hospital, then released.
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June 7, 2001 | Mai Tran
Five people were injured Wednesday, one critically, when a carpool van was forced off the road and plunged down an embankment on Ortega Highway, police said. The accident happened in a remote area about seven miles east of San Juan Capistrano. Tony Camilleri, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said a black car traveling west tried to pass another car, forcing the driver of the eastbound commuter van to swerve to avoid a head-on collision.
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June 7, 2001 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Beach dispatcher who failed to send a second paramedic unit to the scene of a fatal car crash last week will keep her job, the city's police chief said Wednesday. The unidentified senior dispatcher, who has been on the job a number of years, had received the request for an additional unit but became distracted while on the phone with the county fire department. A unit was finally sent out after she was reminded more than nine minutes later.
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June 5, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
A 64-year-old Anaheim man was killed Monday after being struck by two vehicles as he tried to walk across the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange, authorities said. Officer Mark Reeves, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said the incident happened about 4:40 p.m. when the man, who had been walking northbound along the freeway's right shoulder just south of Chapman Avenue, suddenly veered into traffic.
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June 4, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two people were killed and another was injured as a result of a two-car collision on El Toro Road late Saturday. The crash occurred about 11:10 p.m. Saturday when a car driven by Derek Komorous, 26, of Aliso Viejo tried to pass a car while heading south on El Toro Road, a quarter-mile from Laguna Canyon Road, police said. Komorous' car hit an oncoming vehicle driven by Matthew Kyle Schultz, 35, of Carlsbad.
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June 3, 2001
An 18-year-old lost control of his Jeep in Laguna Beach early Saturday morning, striking a curb and a low cement wall, which catapulted the vehicle onto the metal roof of a newly built home, police said. Nicholas Legris of Mission Viejo and his passenger, Alyssa Lanz, 18, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and released, police said. The two were reportedly driving on Park Avenue about 1 a.m.
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June 2, 2001
A 36-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy have died in separate Orange County traffic accidents. Barbara Fridey of Irvine was killed when the Suzuki sport utility vehicle she was a passenger in collided with a Ford Explorer in Irvine, police said. Police said the Suzuki, driven by Linda Salim, 27, of Lakewood, was turning from eastbound Bryan Avenue into the Marketplace shopping center when it was hit on the passenger side by the westbound Ford.
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May 25, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A traffic collision that left a Newport Beach woman irreparably brain-damaged resulted in a $51-million personal-injury judgment against Children's Hospital of Orange County and an associated thrift outfit Thursday--possibly the largest such award ever in Orange County, lawyers said. The verdict stems from a 1999 Irvine accident in which the driver of a CHOC Thrift Store truck ran a red light while reading a map and broadsided Rebecca Burch's Honda.
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May 23, 2001 | From Times staff reports
A motorist hospitalized after he was thrown from his car in a Costa Mesa crash Monday has died, police and coroner's officials said . John Lopez, 29, of Corona del Mar died about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, Orange County coroner's officials said. Lopez lost control of his Mustang convertible while driving on the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor, CHP Officer Katrina Lundgren said. The car went down an embankment and landed on the San Diego Freeway, ejecting
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