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March 19, 2009 | Mike Anton
A U.S. Marine who was allegedly drunk when he plowed his vehicle into a car at a stop light at 75 mph and killed a Newport Beach radiologist was indicted Wednesday by an Orange County grand jury on murder charges. Lance Cpl. Elijah Leigh Ferguson, 22, is accused of ramming his Dodge Caliber into the back of an Aston Martin driven by Michael Sein, 63, on Feb. 22, 2008, at MacArthur Boulevard and Jamboree Road. Sein died of head injuries. His wife, Grace, was seriously injured. Ferguson was treated for a broken ankle.
October 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Could voting for president be hazardous to your health? An analysis of election day traffic deaths dating to Jimmy Carter's 1976 win suggests yes, but the authors say that's no reason not to go to the polls. The study found that, on average, 24 more people died in car crashes during voting hours on presidential election days than on other Tuesdays in October and November. That amounts to an 18% higher risk of death.
August 26, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
California motorists are paying less than $4 a gallon on average for gasoline for the first time since mid-May, the Energy Department said Monday, while the U.S. average fell for the seventh straight week. Average pump prices of $3.955 a gallon in California and $3.685 nationwide remain well ahead of last year's levels despite declines of 8.2 cents and 5.5 cents, respectively, the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations found. And fuel costs could surge at any time because of lower-than-normal stockpiles, said Fred Rozell, director of retail pricing for the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey.
August 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Traffic deaths in the United States declined last year, reaching the lowest level in more than a decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. Some 41,059 people were killed in highway crashes, down by more than 1,600 from 2006. The fatality rate of 1.37 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled in 2007 was the lowest on record, the agency said. California had the largest decline: 266 fewer fatalities.
June 15, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
The end of the school year is normally a time for celebration, but six traffic-related deaths involving Inland Empire students within a two-week span have parents, school officials and police mourning and concerned that careless behavior may have prompted the tragedies. On Thursday, a 17-year-old high school student, allegedly intoxicated, ran a stop sign in Adelanto at 60 mph, broadsiding a school bus carrying three children with autism.
June 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An off-duty Sacramento police officer has been arrested on suspicion of hitting with his vehicle and killing a 13-year-old boy who was getting off a school bus, officials said. Michael Ramirez was struck as he began to cross a street Tuesday afternoon, California Highway Patrol spokesman Jaspar Begay said. Witnesses saw the vehicle slow after striking the teenager, then speed off, he said. Jason March was booked into Sacramento County Jail.
November 2, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman who was involved in a car accident that killed two people and injured three others in July was charged Monday with vehicular manslaughter, officials said. Livier Christina Ramirez, 45, of Anaheim, also faces charges of felony hit and run and driving with a suspended license. She is being held at Orange County Jail on $250,000 bail. Police said Ramirez fled the scene after her vehicle struck another in the 3100 block of Ball Road on July 15.
August 26, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
A public relations firm with ties to the automobile industry has launched ads suggesting that a proposed California rule to cut carbon dioxide exhaust could cause more people to die in traffic accidents.
June 1, 2004 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
About 3 million Southern Californians traveled at least 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend -- up 3% from last year -- despite higher gas prices and lingering terrorism concerns, according to the American Automobile Assn. "People have gotten to the point where they feel more comfortable about traveling, and tend to go to where they consider are safe vacations," said Carol Thorp, spokeswoman for the Southern California Auto Club and AAA. Nearly 80% of those travelers drove, Thorp said.
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