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March 10, 1994 | SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although a new state law went into effect this year barring pickup truck passengers from riding without seat belts in the bed of the vehicles, an exemption for trucks with camper shells has allowed accidents involving pickups to remain nearly as dangerous as ever, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Such camper shells routinely snap off in accidents, often hurling their victims to their deaths, the officials said.
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August 25, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
A van carrying a youth group to Victorville rolled over on a steep mountain highway Friday in the Cajon Pass, injuring 11 children and two adults and leaving 20 miles of traffic stalled on northbound Interstate 15. Seven teenagers were hurled from the Ford Club Wagon, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Casillas, adding that three teenagers and the two adults are in critical condition at hospitals. Most suffered broken bones, cuts and scrapes.
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SPORTS
February 3, 1996 | WENDY WITHERSPOON and GREG SANDOVAL
Benjamin "Benny" Brown, a gold-medal winner in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and former NCAA champion quarter-miler for UCLA, was killed in an automobile accident Thursday. He was 42. Brown, an assistant track coach at Cal State Fullerton the last eight years, was on his way to pick up his son from school in Ontario when he lost control of his car and struck a light pole, a family friend said Friday. He was a member of three NCAA champion mile relay teams, in 1973, 1974 and 1975.
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July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
Six people died Wednesday night in three San Bernardino County traffic accidents that took place within two hours, authorities said. The spate of fatal crashes had authorities scrambling to respond. Details were sketchy late Wednesday, and none of the names of the victims were released. The first accident took place just before 6 p.m. about 28 miles west of Barstow on California 58 near Kramer Junction, according to CHP Officer Curtis Higgins.
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March 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The images of James Patterson's four friends were everywhere around him in juvenile court Friday as the Anaheim teenager was sentenced to four months in jail for the drunk-driving crash that killed them in the Victorville desert last year. The 18-year-old Patterson, an Eagle Scout and senior at Katella High School, wept during a three-hour sentencing hearing at which relatives of the victims tearfully detailed their anguish.
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July 30, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of one of four Orange County youths killed in a drunk-driving accident in the Mojave Desert a year ago has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the teenage driver and his parents. The suit brought by the mother and sister of 17-year-old accident victim Anthony Fuentes Jr. claims that negligence by driver James Virgil Patterson and his parents caused Fuentes' death.
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April 30, 1999 | TOM GORMAN and KARL SCHWEIZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't so much the downpour as it was the sudden appearance of the bright, low sun--coupled with the water vapor and spray from wet pavement--that blinded drivers. The result was the unnerving sound of crunching metal, and when it was over, the largest collection of spontaneous collisions in Southern California memory.
NEWS
May 29, 1992 | Associated Press
Comedian Sam Kinison had traces of cocaine and tranquilizers in his system when he was killed in a head-on collision last month, an expert who reviewed autopsy findings said. Kinison, who told in 1990 of kicking his drug addiction, was traveling with his new wife on a desert highway April 10 when his car was hit by a truck that crossed the center line while attempting to pass traffic.
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September 13, 1995 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their hair still damp from the pool, a dozen or so Katella High School water polo players gathered around their coach under a tree at Magnolia High. It was their first team meeting of the season and even though they had just won their season opener over Redondo Union High, the talk wasn't about the game. They were discussing how to honor two dead friends who had been their teammates.
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August 31, 1999 | TOM GORMAN and JOE MOZINGO and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Government authorities Monday were divided over whether an all-night "rave" concert should have been allowed in a remote part of Angeles National Forest, where five departing youths were killed when their car plunged off an embankment. The dead were identified as five friends from San Bernardino, including a 15-year-old girl and an 18-year-old who was celebrating her birthday. At least three of the victims had attended the party without their parents' knowledge, family members said.
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May 18, 2001
Three people were killed and two others seriously injured in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid rear-ending another car, officials said. The Chevrolet SUV was headed east at 3:30 p.m. in the far left lane of Foothill Boulevard, just west of the Interstate 15 overpass, Rancho Cucamonga Police Sgt. Nina Jamsen said.
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May 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Three people remained hospitalized Sunday from a head-on collision that killed six others a day earlier. Two victims, a man and a woman, were in fair condition at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. Another woman was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition Sunday, nursing supervisor Pam Shellner said. Two men injured in the Saturday crash were treated for minor injuries and released. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m.
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May 13, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six people died Saturday and five were injured when a station wagon abruptly veered across a gravelly desert highway divider and slammed head-on into another car on State Highway 18 in Apple Valley. One of the victims was a mother of eight who had moved from Watts to the High Desert after marrying. The crash occurred about 1:30 p.m., but emergency crews worked into the late evening trying to clear the wreckage, identify victims and sort out what happened.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2001 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Bernardino County Superior Court jury Friday ordered General Motors Corp. to pay more than $15 million to a South Bay man who became a quadriplegic in a rollover crash of a Chevy S-10 Blazer. The verdict in the Rancho Cucamonga trial, which highlighted the dangers of weak roofs in rollover-prone sport-utility vehicles, capped a lengthy retrial of the suit brought by Robbie Lambert, 29, of Torrance, who suffered paralyzing injuries in the wreck in July 1990.
NEWS
December 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
A teenager who took a friend's SUV without permission crashed into a woman's home, killing her as she slept in her bedroom, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday. Donna Morgan, 46, suffered massive head injuries when the vehicle crashed through her bedroom wall Tuesday night. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The 16-year-old driver was in Victorville visiting a friend.
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September 12, 2000
Two horses that were running on the San Bernardino Freeway had to be euthanized after being hit by cars, police said. A third horse was not hurt and authorities were trying to find its owner Monday, said California Highway Patrol Officer Randy Young. CHP dispatchers received calls at about 2:30 a.m. that the horses were seen running on the freeway near Ramona Avenue, he said.
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July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
Six people died Wednesday night in three San Bernardino County traffic accidents that took place within two hours, authorities said. The spate of fatal crashes had authorities scrambling to respond. Details were sketchy late Wednesday, and none of the names of the victims were released. The first accident took place just before 6 p.m. about 28 miles west of Barstow on California 58 near Kramer Junction, according to CHP Officer Curtis Higgins.
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June 30, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Highway Patrol said Monday it is investigating an accident in which four people, including three members of a Huntington Beach family, were killed and six people suffered major injuries near Barstow over the weekend. Laurie Haynes, 36, Katharine Haynes, 15, and Thomas Haynes, 13, were killed instantly when being ejected from the GMC Suburban they were riding in. The accident occurred Saturday shortly before 3 p.m. on Interstate 15 about 25 miles east of Barstow, the CHP said.
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June 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Four members of a Los Angeles family were killed and three children remained hospitalized Monday after their van overturned. The family was returning Sunday from a weekend camping trip to Lake Havasu when their minivan rolled over shortly before 2 p.m. on Interstate 40, about 50 miles west of Needles. Nine family members were in the van, California Highway Patrol Officer M.O. Baker said. The van's rated capacity is seven occupants.
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March 11, 2000
A San Bernardino Superior Court jury has ordered the California Department of Transportation to pay $10.6 million to a couple involved in an accident that left the husband a paraplegic after their car rolled over on a notorious stretch of Interstate 15 on Christmas Day 1996. The jury found that the department knew the 18-mile stretch between Baker, Calif.
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