Man Killed in San Diego SUV Rollover Accident

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A 49-year-old man was killed in a San Diego car accident the afternoon of February 21, 2010 after his SUV went off the roadway, crashed and rolled over on State Route 67. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the man was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road, when he lost control of the vehicle. The driver overcorrected the SUV and it rolled over before coming to rest on its wheels, California Highway Patrol officials said. The man had his seatbelt on, but was killed as the Jeep’s roof caved in, resulting in massive and fatal head injuries.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased victim for their tragic and devastating loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Chrysler Recalls Minivans for Defective Airbag Sensors

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Chrysler is issuing a vehicle defect recall for about 355,562 minivans to fix a problem with an airbag sensor. According to a Reuters news report, the recall campaign involves 259,437 vehicles in the United States, including the 2005-2006 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. Chrysler officials say one of the front airbag crash sensors could crack under certain environmental conditions and allow water to enter the sensor. This could potentially cause the sensor to become inoperative. This could cause the airbag to fail in the event of a car accident. If you own one of these recalled vehicles, please take your minivan to a dealer as soon as possible to have it evaluated.
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Woman Killed in Orange County Rollover Accident

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A woman who was fatally injured in an Orange County car accident after her SUV was struck by another vehicle on the freeway, has been identified as 30-year-old Lorena Mancinas. The Orange County Register reports that this fatal car accident occurred the afternoon of February 24, 2010 on the 22 Freeway near Glassell Street. Mancinas’ 2003 Chevy Tahoe SUV was struck by a Toyota driven by 26-year-oldYoung Woo Lee. The crash occurred when Lee’s car struck the back of the Chevy while making a lane change. The Tahoe then rolled over several times. No arrests have been made yet and an investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Lorena Mancinas for their tragic loss. Please keep this family in your prayers.
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Toyota Defense May Spell Freedom for Incarcerated Minnesota Man

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Koua Fong Lee, a man who was sentenced to eight years in prison for causing a fatal car accident in Minnesota, always maintained that there was a vehicle defect or malfunction in his 1996 Toyota Camry that caused the crash that killed three people. However, a few years ago, jurors did not believe him. Now, according to an Associated Press news report, Lee’s case is being reopened after new revelations of safety problems with Toyota vehicles. The Japanese auto maker has so far recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles – a majority of them for a problem with sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats that could cause sudden or unintended acceleration.
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Los Angeles Car Accident Kills Teenager

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Jaime M. Arias, an 18-year-old man, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after the vehicle in which he was a passenger plunged into a ravine off Sand Canyon Road in the Placerita Canyon area. According to a news report in The Signal, a 17-year-old girl was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi on Sand Canyon Road the night of February 22, 2010 when she lost control of the vehicle. The Mitsubishi spun off the roadway and plunged 160 feet into a ravine. Arias was pronounced dead at the scene while the girl was transported to a local hospital with injuries. The extent of her injuries is not known. Alcohol or drugs were not factors in this fatal car accident, California Highway Patrol officials say.

My heart goes out to Jaime Arias’ family and friends for this tragic, untimely and devastating loss. Please keep his grieving family in your thoughts and prayers. I also hope and pray that the young driver of the Mitsubishi did not sustain any catastrophic injuries. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
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California Teen Seriously Injured in ATV Crash

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Amber Kerr, 14, was hospitalized with serious personal injuries after an ATV accident where she was thrown off the all-terrain vehicle she was riding and struck a steel propane tank. According to a news report in the Appeal-Democrat, Amber and 15-year-old Hope Travis, were both on the four-seater vehicle when the accident occurred the morning of February 21, 2010.

Amber was driving a 2001 Yamaha Wolverine on a private dirt road, when she approached a muddy stretch filled with standing water . She then, attempted to drive the ATV through the mud at high speed. Both she and Hope Travis were thrown over the handlebars and into the side of the tank. Neither teen was wearing a helmet. Amber was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of her major head injuries. Hope was said to have escaped injuries.
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Toyota Officials Boast about Saving $100 Million by Dodging Recalls

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In the most recent documents obtained from Toyota, officials claim that they saved the company at least $100 million by successfully negotiating with the government to limit vehicle defect recalls to floor mats. According to a CBS News report, Toyota officials, in an internal presentation in July 2009, boasted about saving the company millions by dodging major defective auto recalls. The title of their presentation was “Wins for Toyota — Safety Group.”
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Los Angeles Car Accident Kills Driver

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One person was fatally injured in a Los Angeles car accident the night of February 18, 2010 after a head-on collision in El Sereno. CBS News reports that the fatal car accident occurred on Eastern Avenue, north of Klamath Place. The driver of the vehicle traveling north on Eastern died at the scene. The other driver, a woman, was transported to an area hospital with injuries.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased victim. I also hope the other driver did not sustain any catastrophic injuries. These victims will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Los Angeles Company Recalls More Meat over Food Poisoning Concerns

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A Los Angeles based meat company has expanded its recall of ground beef and veal to include about 4.9 million additional pounds of meat products because of food poisoning concerns. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall includes meat products by Montebello-based Huntington Meat Packing Inc. because of concerns that the products may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The original recall was announced January 18, 2010 and was for 864,000 pounds of meat. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses or fatalities associated with these recalled beef and veal products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Study Confirms Link between Hydroxycut and Liver Problems

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The pharmaceutical liability lawyers at BISNAR | CHASE have been extremely concerned about the adverse side effects caused by dietary supplement Hydroxycut. Government health officials in May sent out strong warnings to dieters and body builders to immediately stop using Hydroxycut, a widely sold dietary supplement linked to at least one death and several cases of liver damage. Now, the American Journal of Gastroenterology is confirming fears about the serious side effects of Hydroxycut. A recent study published in the journal confirms links between this herbal weight loss supplement and liver problems.
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