Man Killed in Angeles Crest Highway Motorcycle Accident

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Dan Cretu, 38, was killed in a Los Angeles County motorcycle crash, after he lost control of his cycle near mile marker 27 of the Angeles Crest Highway. According to a report in The Pasadena Star-News, the fatal accident occurred the morning of September 22, 2012 in La Canada Flintridge about four miles north of the 210 Freeway. Cretu was riding a 2012 Aprilia motorcycle when it veered off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign, California Highway Patrol officials said. Cretu was thrown off his motorcycle and landed on a dirt and grass embankment. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. Officials are still looking into what caused this fatal injury accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Dan Cretu for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Young Football Player Killed in Accident Caused by Tire Tread Separation

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Even Perez, 10, was killed in a car accident in California after the vehicle in which he was a passenger went out of control and crashed, the morning of September 15, 2012. According to a news account in The Hanford Sentinel, the fatal SUV rollover crash occurred on the 5 Freeway south of Derrick Avenue near Coalinga. California Highway Patrol officials say that 2001 Mitsubishi SUV was traveling at about 70 mph when the tread on the left rear tire separated.

The SUV overturned into the center median and three out of the six passengers, including Even, were ejected. Even died at the scene. His mother, Alma Lopez-Diaz, 37, and four other passengers were transported to a Fresno hospital. They were identified as Even’s three siblings and one other child – 13-year-old Eddie Lopez, Christian Cervantes, 9, Alex Alukya and Rosemary Perez, both 12.

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Man Killed in Monrovia Car Accident

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Jimmy Hughes Jr., 37, was killed in a Los Angeles County car accident after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into another vehicle. According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred on the 134 Freeway near Harvey Drive in Monrovia, the morning of September 14, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Hughes was westbound on the freeway when he lost control of his Chevy Suburban SUV, which went off the shoulder, across the median and into eastbound lanes. The SUV then collided with a Toyota Solara and overturned. Hughes sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the Toyota Solara suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jimmy Hughes Jr. for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Man Killed in San Bernardino County Rollover Crash

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David Alex Trujillo, 26, was killed and two others – 21-year-old Frankie J. Ruiz of Colton and a 3-year-old Rialto boy – were injured in a rollover accident, the night of September 8, 2012. According to The Press-Enterprise, the fatal crash occurred along Highway 259 near Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. California Highway Patrol officials say the southbound 1993 Jeep Cherokee veered to the right and struck the curb causing it to roll over. The vehicle then hit the guardrail and tumbled down a steep embankment. Trujillo was ejected and died at the scene. Ruiz sustained major injuries while the boy escaped with minor injuries. Officials suspect that Trujillo and Ruiz were not wearing their seatbelts. The investigation into the cause of this crash is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and many friends of David Alex Trujillo. My thoughts and prayers are also with the two injured victims. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Child’s Death Leads to Recall of Window Blinds

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Michigan-based Blind Xpress is issuing a defective product recall for about 139,000 custom-made vertical and horizontal blinds after a toddler was strangled by the cord loop of a vertical blind. According to a Consumeraffairs.com report, the incident occurred in 2009 when the 2-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Michigan, died from strangulation injuries. The loop of the cord in that case was not attached to the wall or floor. Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds apparently have an adjustment cord and sometimes, a weighted device at the bottom. The horizontal blinds don’t have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. This exposes children to the risk of becoming entangled in the cord loop.

The recall involves all Blind Xpress vertical blinds that do not have a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor and all horizontal blinds that do not have inner cord stop devices. The blinds, which were made in the United States, were sold at various blind specialty stores from January 1995 through December 2011 for between $16 and $380. Anyone who has these window coverings at home is asked to stop using them immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 800-506-4636 to receive a free repair kit.

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Castaic Man Killed in Santa Clarita Area Car Crash

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Anthony Friel, 45, was killed in a Santa Clarita area car accident after he lost control of his Toyota pickup truck and crashed. According to a news report in The Signal, the fatal accident occurred early morning on August 26, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Friel was traveling in the northbound lanes of the Interstate 5, between Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway, at the time of the incident. His truck collided with a sign and then went airborne, before striking a large tree. Friel suffered massive head injuries. He died at the scene. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of Anthony Friel who are mourning the loss of their loved one. I offer my deepest sympathies to them. Friel was apparently a local resident who graduated from Saugus High School and worked as a stagehand.

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Ventura Car Accident Proves Fatal for Woman

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Suzanne Desha, 44, was killed in a Ventura car accident after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed, the morning of June 12, 2012. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the fatal car accident occurred on Highway 33 at Shell Road. California Highway Patrol officials say Desha, who was driving in the number two lane, moved across the fast lane and hit the center divider. The vehicle then went back across both lanes onto the dirt shoulder of the highway and down an embankment where it crashed into a tree. Desha was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal crash.

My thoughts are with the family members and friends of Suzanne Desha who are mourning this tremendous loss. Please keep them in your prayers.

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Woman Killed in Orange County Ford Bronco Rollover Accident

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Yoeen Sauseda, 22, was fatally injured in a Santa Ana car accident when the Ford Bronco in which she was a passenger overturned on the freeway, the morning of June 3, 2012. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the rollover crash occurred on the southbound 55 near Dyer Road in Santa Ana. Officials say the driver of the Bronco, Erasmo Molina, 69, swerved to the right causing his Bronco to roll over. Sauseda was ejected from the vehicle and was fatally injured. Molina, Armando Angeles, 27, and Vanesa Sauseda, 18, suffered serious injuries but survived the crash. Officials state tire tread separation may have caused Molina to lose control of the Bronco.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Yoeen Sauseda following this tragic rollover accidents. My thoughts and prayers are also with the others who were seriously injured here. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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One Killed, One Critically Injured in Rancho Palos Verdes Rollover Accident

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A man in his 30s was killed and his passenger was critically injured in a Los Angeles car accident after their SUV went out of control and rolled over. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the rollover accident occurred early morning on May 18, 2012 on Palos Verdes Drive West near the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Ranchos Palos Verdes. Police say the 2010 Range Rover SUV was headed west when it crashed into the center divider in an area where the road curves.

Both men were ejected onto the roadway. The driver died and the passenger was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Investigators are planning to examine the vehicle’s data recorder to determine if the driver was speeding and whether the two men were buckled up at the time of the crash. It is not yet clear if alcohol was a factor in this fatal crash.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased rollover accident victim. My thoughts and prayers are also with the critically injured passenger. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Federal Officials Launch Investigation into 2012 Hyundai Elantra Side Airbags

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Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are investigating possible auto defects in 2012 Hyundai Elantra sedans after receiving a report from a vehicle owner who was severely cut from a piece of metal from the side airbag deployment during a collision. According to Consumer Reports, the metal along with the side airbag protruded from the left side headliner of the driver’s seat and cut the victim’s ear in half missing his neck by less than an inch. Neither Hyundai nor NHTSA have examined the crashed Elantra.

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