Teenager Killed in Los Angeles Car Accident

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Arlette Cruz, 17, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when the vehicle she was a passenger in rolled over multiple times. According to a CBS news report, the fatal car accident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway in Sun Valley the afternoon of February 25, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say the 1991 Honda Accord, driven by an 18-year-old man, veered out of control and overturned multiple times. Cruz was ejected from the passenger seat and was fatally injured. Authorities are still investigating the cause of this fatal car accident.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Arlette Cruz for their tragic and sudden loss. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers.

Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 268 people were killed and 25,588 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, there were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.

What Caused this Fatal Car Accident?

Based on this news report, it is not quite clear what caused the young driver to lose control. There are several unanswered questions here. Did drugs or alcohol play a part? Was the driver speeding or was he driving at an unsafe rate of speed given the roadway conditions? Was there an auto defect or mechanical malfunction in the Honda, which led to this car accident? Were there any other vehicles involved? Was there a dangerous roadway condition that caused or contributed to this car accident?

Jogging Strollers Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

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BOB Trailers Inc., a California-based company has issued a defective product recall for 350,000 jogging strollers because they could pose a strangulation hazard to young children. According to a report on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s web site, the defective strollers, which were made by the San Luis Obispo company, have a problem with the front wheels, which can crack during use and cause the wheel to separate from the frame. This could cause the jogger to lose control of the stroller and pose the risk of the stroller suddenly collapsing and injuring the child.

Dangerous Jogging Strollers Recalled

So far, the company has received seven reports of the wheel connector cracking during use. CPSC reported that an 11-month-old girl became entangled in the drawstring. But her mother was able to free her in time before the girl suffered any serious injuries. Company officials say that there have been no injury reports.

The jogging strollers involved in this recall are the single and double strollers that have three wheels and come in blue and black, and hunter green and black. Each stroller has a canopy and the “BOB” logo is on the stroller’s frame, canopy and on the seatback. The strollers were sold nationwide from November 1998 through March 2000 for about $280 to $370. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective products right away and return it to the store where they bought it for a repair.

Orange County Nursing Home Fined in Patient Death

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A care facility in Orange County is facing a $75,000 fine over allegations of nursing home neglect in connection with the death of resident, 93-year-old Donald Bodkin. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the California Department of Public Health issued Victoria Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center a citation and fine for failing to properly recognize the severity of Bodkin’s condition and letting his doctor know. Bodkin was supposed to only be at the center for 30 days for rehabilitation services following surgery for a broken hip. The facility did not contact the victim’s doctor after he became lethargic and complained of pain. Bodkin died in September from an undetected ruptured intestinal ulcer and infection.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Donald Bodkin for the severe emotional distress and grief they must be going through. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Nursing Home Neglect Statistics

Almost always, such citations are issued in cases where the nursing home’s actions directly cause serious personal injuries or death. According to a 2008 Government Accountability Office (GAO) 1,285 nursing homes were cited in 2007 for “actual harm or immediate jeopardy” to residents. Based on GAO’s statistics, California leads all other states, by far, in the number of citations. Understaffing and lack of training are the most common factors linked to neglect as well as nursing home abuse.

Ford Recalls 150,000 Pickup Trucks over Defective Airbags

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Ford Motor Company has said it will issue an auto defect recall of nearly 150,000 Ford-F150 pickup trucks to fix a problem with the airbags that could deploy suddenly without warning. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada. The recall was apparently issued under pressure from the federal government. However, the scope of the recall is much smaller than what the government requested.

According to Ford, an airbag wire located in the steering wheel could have been improperly positioned so it would chafe, expose bare copper and create the possibility of a short circuit.

Delayed Recall?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so far, 77 injuries have been attributed to the defective airbagissue. The government issued a memo in November that the auto maker should recall about 1.3 million Ford F-150 pickup trucks from the 2004 to 2006 model years. The U.S. Department of Transportation currently reviewing the recall in order to determine if the auto maker’s response was adequate. If the government determines that it was not, then, a public hearing could be held to determine if Ford should expand the recall further.

Toyota Recalls More than 2 Million for Faulty Accelerator Pedals


Toyota Motor Corporation has issued an auto defect recall for 2.17 million vehicles over problems with faulty gas pedals that could become jammed and lead to sudden or unintended acceleration. According to an Associated Press news report, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it had reviewed more than 400,000 pages of Toyota documents in order to determine whether the scope of Toyota’s recall for pedal entrapment issues was sufficient. As a result of this review, NHTSA asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles. With this recall, the federal agency has closed the investigation against the Japanese auto maker with regard to sudden acceleration issues.

Millions of Toyotas Recalled

The current recall includes about 600,000 4Runner SUVs from the 2003 to 2009 model years; 761,000 RAV4 compact SUVs from the 2006-2010 model years; and 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008-2011 model years. The recall also includes 372,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400H vehicles from the 2004 through early 2007 model years and 397,000 2004-2006 Toyota Highlander SUVs and hybrid versions to replace floor carpet covering and retention clips on the driver’s side that could interfere with the accelerator pedal arm.

Two Injured in San Francisco Muni Bus Accident

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Two people were injured in a San Francisco car accident after a cable car crashed into a Muni bus. According to a Bay City News report, the injury accident occurred the afternoon of February 20, 2011 near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Chestnut Street. Officials say the cable car driver lost control after the car could not keep its grip on a worn cable and crashed into a 30-Stockton Muni bus. Two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Both the cable car and bus driver will undergo drug and alcohol testing. Neither one of the drivers are expected to be put on administrative leave. An investigation is ongoing.

I truly hope neither one of the passengers sustained serious injuries in this cable car versus bus accident. I wish both victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 3,577 injuries as a result of San Francisco car accidents. According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s report, there were 3,021 non-fatal injury collisions involving Muni vehicles in 2007. The number of fatal collisions rose nearly 50 percent from 28 deaths in 2006 to 42 in 2007.

Long Beach Car Accident Proves Fatal for Woman

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Vanessa Fulladosa, 23, was killed in a Long Beach car accident after her stalled car was rear-ended by another vehicle on the 405 Freeway. According to a news report in The Press-Telegram, the fatal car accident occurred the night of February 17, 2011. Fulladosa’s 1997 Mercedes had become disabled in the far left lane of the freeway. A few moments after she called 911, her vehicle was struck by a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant driven by a 34-year-old man. California Highway Patrol officials say the Mitsubishi was traveling at about 65 mph and that the driver failed to see the stalled car in front of him. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Vanessa Fulladosa for their tragic, heartbreaking and sudden loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 27 fatalities and 1,881 injuries involving car accidents in Long Beach. During the same year, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.

Protecting the Elderly from Brain Injuries

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For older people, a fall can be a very serious accident. In fact, 61% of all traumatic brain injuries in adults over 65 occur because of falling accidents. Of the millions of Americans who sustain brain injuries every year, a large proportion of the resulting hospitalizations or deaths involve this older age range.

There are many factors to consider when looking to prevent brain injury for elders. Medications with dizzying side effects, medical conditions or illnesses that weaken bones and muscles, visual impairments, lack of exercise, improper footwear, and home safety conditions can all shape an elder’s daily routine into a dangerous one.

It seems that the best cure of this sort of head injury is prevention. When caring for an older person, people can try to take precaution to prevent falls that result in head injuries. Consider:

Helping the elder maintain overall physical strength by receiving regular physical exercise within guidelines set out by their physician.

Worker Injured in San Diego Shipyard Accident

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A man suffered serious job injuries in a San Diego industrial accident after a section of a barge dropped on his head. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the serious injury accident occurred at the Marine Group Boat Works Shipyard near G Street and Marina Parkway in Chula Vista the night of February 13, 2011. The man was part of a crew disassembling a 124-foot-long barge when a section of it dropped on his face and head. The jobsite accident caused facial lacerations to the victim and also injured his trachea. The injured worker was wearing a hard hat but it is unclear from the report what other safety precautions may have been used.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this workplace accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his serious injuries.

Industrial Accident Investigations

Following a serious injury accident at a workplace, an investigation will take place to determine how the accident occurred, how it could have been prevented and if any violations of safety protocols led to the incident. Cal/OSHA investigators will likely examine the overall safety of the workplace, the training and experience of the workers and the safety devices provided by the employer. Such investigations could take several weeks or even months to be completed.

Woman Killed in Rollover Accident

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Shanna Michelle Marie Meyers, 27, was killed in a San Francisco area car accident when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crashed into the center divider and rolled over multiple times. The Martinez News-Gazette reports the fatal car accident occurred on the connector road between eastbound Highway 4 and southbound I-680 in Pacheco the night of February 12, 2011.

Meyers was in the backseat of a 1999 Subaru Forester driven by Alexis Seltzer, 25, and Nicholas Utne, 25 was in the front passenger seat. Seltzer states that she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway and the Forester struck a concrete barrier and rolled over. Meyers was ejected from the vehicle and died from her injuries in a nearby hospital. Police suspect that Meyers was not wearing a seatbelt. The other two occupants of the vehicle were not injured.

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