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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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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 9, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman and her son were seriously injured Friday after a driver pulling out of a parking space in Stanton apparently lost control of his vehicle and struck them as they walked along a strip mall, police said. The woman, Aurora Sanchez, 36, of Anaheim, and her 5-year-old son were taken by paramedics to UCI Medical Center in Orange, both in serious but stable condition. Police said the youngster suffered head injuries, and the woman had an injury to a hip.
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