November 5, 1999 |
Three months after a load of concrete pipes tumbled off a flatbed truck, crashing into two vehicles and killing six people on a Mojave Desert highway, the California Highway Patrol on Thursday said it is seeking vehicular manslaughter charges against the truck driver. The three 30-foot-long pipes, each weighing about 15,000 pounds, were improperly loaded and inadequately supported by a frail wooden support beam that broke, triggering the tragedy, said CHP spokesman Todd Weichers.
September 20, 1999 |
Two party-goers returning from an all-night rave were seriously injured Sunday morning after driving into the path of a sheriff's arson investigation van, authorities said. An unidentified San Bernardino County sheriff's detective driving the van suffered minor injuries in the 6 a.m. collision on U.S. 395 6 miles north of Adelanto. The driver of the car, Cynthia Renee Sikes, 18, of El Cajon sustained a shoulder injury and was flown by helicopter to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
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September 1, 1999 |
The promoter of a rave party in the Angeles National Forest, where five departing teenagers died when their car plunged down a mountain, said Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service knew the nature of the event when it issued a permit. "They knew what it was," said Brian Alper, 25, one of three partners in B-3 Cande Productions, the Huntington Beach company that hosted the event Saturday night. "They very well knew it was a rave."
August 31, 1999 |
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.
August 3, 1999 |
Six people were killed in a horrific crash in the still of the Mojave Desert early Monday when three huge concrete pipes tumbled off a flatbed truck and smashed into two oncoming vehicles. The driver of the truck was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and other charges. "This is probably the most horrendous incident we've seen," San Bernardino County coroner's spokesman Randy Emon said from the remote desert highway. "This is a terrible scene."
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July 13, 1999 |
A Laguna Niguel nun whose friendly spirit was instrumental in drawing dozens of parishioners into volunteer service and outreach programs was killed in a car accident Monday, less than two hours after she left Orange County and headed home to Milwaukee to retire. Sister Bernice Petroneitis, 79, was driving on Interstate 15 near Victorville shortly before 9 a.m. when the car drifted off the right shoulder, hit a dirt berm and crashed into some trees, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
June 30, 1999
Billy Iler Jr., 26, formerly of Newport Harbor High and Irvine Valley College, died in San Bernardino County last weekend from injuries suffered in a car accident Saturday morning when he and two friends were returning from Las Vegas. Iler was known as Billy Nguyen when he helped Irvine Valley win its first men's volleyball state championship in 1993 and was named Orange Empire Conference MVP. He played both basketball and volleyball at Newport Harbor.
June 22, 1999
The six people who were killed Sunday when their van overturned on a Mojave Desert interstate were identified Monday. They are Benjamin Janolo Kalagayan, 64, of Vallejo, the driver; Nimfa Locso Angeles, 51, of Benicia; Melencia L. Kalagayan, age unknown, of Vallejo; Ananias A. Locso, 85, of National City; Teresita I. Palomar, 67, of San Francisco; and Mariza V. Locso, 43, of Vallejo, the San Bernardino County coroner's office said Monday.
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April 30, 1999 |
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.
April 29, 1999 |
Up to 150 vehicles were involved in numerous pileups and about 70 people were injured--some seriously--on Interstate 10 on Wednesday during a powerful rainstorm, the largest freeway accident in recent Southern California history, authorities said. Dozens of people were rushed to hospitals, some by helicopter, said San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Mike Huddlestone. A number of drivers were extricated from mangled cars with Jaws of Life devices in the smashups that spanned six miles of freeway.