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July 28, 2005
Re Howard Leff's "Vehicles That Fail the Crush Test" [July 21]: So true, so hilarious. Takes me back to high school and my first car, a 1936 Plymouth sedan. In those days, anything from Chrysler was considered an embarrassment to the under-30 crowd. Well, I traded up to a '41 Ford convertible with fender skirts and had to beat the girls off with a stick. Ronald J. Levin Pacific Palisades
November 22, 2013 | By James Barragan
I'm not a car guy. I check the air pressure on my tires every once in a while and change the oil whenever the folks at Jiffy Lube tell me I'm due. I drive a Toyota Corolla because it's a simple, dependable car that gets good gas mileage.  I don't need, or care for, much more. But this week, the Los Angeles Auto Show came to town and I'm helping to cover it. The show at the L.A. Convention Center opened to the media on Tuesday and opens to the public on Friday. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts But what's a non-car guy supposed to do at the biggest car event in Southern California -- the car capital of Earth?
March 9, 1990
Aileen Gallo--A state brief in last Saturday's early edition of The Times incorrectly reported the condition of Aileen Gallo, wife of winery owner Julio Gallo, when she was involved in a traffic accident for which she faces misdemeandor vehicular manslaughter charges. Mrs. Gallo was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.
September 18, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The man who used an online video to confess to a night of heavy drinking that led to a crash and the death of another person, pleaded guilty in Ohio to aggravated vehicular homicide. Wearing handcuffs, Matthew Cordle, 22, entered his guilty plea on Wednesday in criminal court in Franklin County. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office told the Los Angeles Times. Cordle, who lives near Columbus, Ohio, faces 2 to 8.5 years in prison when he is sentenced in October, she said.
April 8, 1992
There now exists a proposal for a better capital gains advantage but there is no consideration at this time for a better capital loss advantage. A person having a capital loss of, say, $30,000 may only submit a loss showing $3,000 a year. It would take 10 years to recover. Who needs it more? To ameliorate conditions on our crowded roads, why can't arrangements be made with the railroads to allow commercial vehicular roads to be laid on either side of the tracks? These rights of way already exist; funding would cost less than creating new ones.
March 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Charges have been dismissed against a Fallon driver accused of killing a 12-year-old bicyclist while making a cellphone call in August 2006. Under an agreement accepted by Justice of the Peace Terry Graham, Richard Hutchings will pay $1.3 million to the family of victim of Jeremiah Horne in return for the dismissal of a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge. The Horne family requested that Hutchings not be prosecuted, local newspapers reported. The Hornes and Hutchingses belong to the same church.
March 16, 1989
Recently, The Times disclosed that the contract let to private industry for maintaining county vehicles neglected the inclusion of very important items. Because of this "oversight" the cost of vehicular maintenance is astronomical. On March 1, The Times details the board's approval of 3% to 12.9% increases in salary to various county managers for superior performance. Included among these executives is the chief administrative officer, Richard Dixon, getting a raise of $11,595.
May 10, 1993
Regarding the desert "protection" legislation (S-21) that is pending, one must keep in mind that the reason that this legislation was defeated so many times in the past was because it was and is poor legislation that only serves as political pandering to a few special interest groups, and does nothing to protect the desert from those who are actually harming it. Feinstein needs legislation--any legislation--with her sponsorship on it to be enacted, in...
April 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Actor Lane Garrison, who was serving a 40-month prison sentence for a drunken driving crash that killed a 17-year-old Beverly Hills High student, was released Wednesday after about 21 months behind bars. The former star of the Fox TV series "Prison Break" was released from the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi before serving his full sentence because he received credits for good behavior, Lt. Jon Bartelmie said. Garrison was charged after a December 2006 crash in which he rammed his Land Rover into a tree, killing Vahagn Setian and injuring two teenage girls.
April 16, 1995
Back in Brooklyn, when I was growing up in the late '30s and early '40s, you could see beat patrolmen everywhere--policemen on foot covering assigned areas, always well-known to the residents and shopkeepers. There were also traffic cops--foot patrolmen who were stationed in the very center of large, complex intersections and who controlled the flow of vehicular traffic through their zones. During emergencies, beat patrolmen often stepped in and covered traffic problems quickly. Times have changed.
November 27, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Amy Locane-Bovenizer, the "Melrose Place" actress who played Sandy to Grant Show's Jake in the first season of the original series, was found guilty Tuesday of vehicular homicide related to a June 2010 accident that left a 60-year-old woman dead in central New Jersey. The conviction on that charge and a separate one of assault by auto capped a trial that ran about a month and a half and saw some 50 people take the stand. Locane-Bovenizer was not one of them. According to the prosecution, the community-theater actress was drinking at a cast party and then later at a barbecue she attended with her family before hitting the road alone in her SUV. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times Prosecutors said the actress had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit and was traveling 53 mph in a 35-mph zone when her SUV slammed into a sedan that was turning left, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported.
August 18, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving a city car earlier this year was charged Friday with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Manuel "Manny" Figueras, 50, was driving a 2003 Toyota Prius in North Hollywood on March 14 when he hit Gary Woodford, 55, a homeless man who had stepped into the street at Vineland Avenue and Erwin Street, officials said. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley filed the charge at a time when his office is also prosecuting a felony case against Alarcon, who is running for a seat in the state Assembly in November.
July 30, 2011 | By Daniel Siegal, Los Angeles Times
The truck driver involved in a fatal 2009 collision on Angeles Crest Highway was convicted Friday of two counts of vehicular manslaughter, but the jury found him not guilty of more serious second-degree murder charges. Marcos Costa, 46, also was convicted of three counts of reckless driving causing an injury. Costa's big rig lost its brakes as he traveled downhill on Angeles Crest Highway. The runaway car-hauler sped through the intersection at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge and slammed into a vehicle carrying Palmdale residents Angel Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter Angelina, killing them.
June 9, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Fleeing from the police in a vehicle can trigger a mandatory 15-year term in federal prison for a repeat criminal, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a 6-3 decision, the court said that "vehicular flight" counts as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act, triggering the mandatory term if it is a third offense. Speeding away from the police "presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another," said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. "It is a provocative and dangerous act that dares, and in a typical case requires, the officer to give chase.
November 30, 2010 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
When Charles "Mask" Lewis crashed his red Ferrari and died on a Newport Beach street last year, it left his fans stunned. The 48-year-old was a major force in the mixed martial arts world, sponsoring matches and setting the sport's fashion trends with his TapouT clothing line. The skid marks swerving right on southbound Jamboree Road north of Bison Avenue showed where Lewis' Ferrari headed: straight into a concrete light pole. The crash split the car in half, throwing a female passenger onto a dirt embankment, breaking her elbow.
November 2, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors have dismissed a vehicular-manslaughter charge against a Torrance woman who had blamed a deadly 2008 freeway crash on a mechanical glitch she said caused her Lexus sports utility vehicle to accelerate out of control. The decision by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office circumvented what could have been a spirited trial about whether human error or a computer-system malfunction caused Unmi Suk Chung's Lexus RX330 to crash on the 10 Freeway in West Los Angeles, killing a passenger in the backseat.
January 20, 2006
So LAX may yield to San Francisco International Airport for bragging rights to the Airbus super-duper jumbo jet's landings and takeoffs (Jan. 18). Good riddance. LAX is the camel that puts its nose under the tent, by degrees forcing out the hapless herder. For decades, hundreds of thousands of long-suffering South Bay residents have endured the incessant environmental, noise and vehicular traffic effects of LAX's relentless "bigger at any cost" policies. TOM HERMAN Manhattan Beach The article suggests that there is a crisis looming if LAX doesn't quickly prepare for the arrival of the massive, double-decker, 555-seat Airbus A380.
December 13, 2003
Re "A Stumble Is Far Removed From a Kick," Commentary, Dec. 9: Professor Joshua Dressler asks what blameworthy choices did George Weller, the 86-year-old who plowed into the Santa Monica Farmers' Market and killed 10, make. I would like to know that too, by bringing him to trial and asking him if he had ever considered giving up driving (there was evidence that day of his running away from an accident) and if that had ever happened before. There was a video of his negligent driving. I would also like to ask his family if they had been concerned about his continuing to drive and if they had discussed this with him. I do feel his family may also have some responsibility here.
August 26, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Afghan Sgt. Maj. Barakatullah Kolistani, who trains army recruits, is confident that his fledgling soldiers are learning the discipline, strategic skills and marksmanship needed to defeat the Taliban. But Kolistani, one of the base's senior enlisted soldiers, is worried about their proficiency in another key skill: driving. Particularly when it comes to the 8,000-pound-plus U.S.-supplied Humvee, the vehicle of choice in the nascent Afghan army. He's not alone. Afghan and American trainers at the NATO-run Kabul Military Training Center, where 10,000 recruits receive instruction at any given time, are shocked to discover just how bad the Afghans drive.
March 26, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles County prosecutors are taking a close look at the case of a woman who faces vehicular manslaughter charges for a 2008 freeway crash that she blames on sudden acceleration. Umni Suk Chung told investigators that her Lexus RX 330 accelerated on its own -- even as she frantically applied the brakes -- before a fatal crash on the 10 Freeway in West Los Angeles. A prosecutor from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday that his office was closely examining Chung's account.
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