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July 25, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 32-year-old woman was fatally injured Tuesday in a head-on collision in Laguna Niguel, police said. The woman, whose identity was withheld pending notification of relatives, was driving eastbound on Crown Valley Parkway about 7:30 p.m., police said, when her Saturn collided with an oncoming sport-utility vehicle near Greenfield Drive. "It appears that one of the vehicles crossed the center divider, causing the accident," said Lt.
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July 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
A driver lost control of a 1986 Toyota minivan Sunday morning on the Corona del Mar Freeway, sending the vehicle over the guardrail, where it landed on its side, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver and at least three of the six passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries and were taken to hospitals. The van was traveling north in the fast lane at 80 to 90 mph about 6:18 a.m.
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July 21, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A driver apparently dialing his cell phone was killed Friday when his Mustang convertible ran a red light and crashed into the back of a pickup truck in Mission Viejo, authorities said. Police found a hand-held cell phone on the driver's side floorboard of the wrecked Mustang. A number was in the display field, but the send button had not been pushed, investigators said. "It was a horrific crash," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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July 21, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman and a 6-year-old boy were fatally injured Friday when a Honda SUV sports utility vehicle flew off a freeway ramp in Costa Mesa, ejecting the child into an embankment, authorities said. Gregg Steward, battalion chief for the Costa Mesa Fire Department, said a young woman was trapped inside the vehicle and died at the scene. The boy had stopped breathing when rescuers arrived and was pronounced dead at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Steward said.
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July 21, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A driver apparently dialing his cell phone was killed Friday when he ran a red light and crashed into the back of a pickup truck in Mission Viejo, authorities said. Police found a hand-held cell phone on the driver's side floorboard of the wrecked Mustang. A number was in the display field, but the send button hadn't been pushed, investigators said. "It was a horrific crash," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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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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