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Alleged Drunk Driver Faces Murder Charges After Taco Truck Crash

Authorities recently charged a 37-year-old woman with murder for causing a severe pedestrian accident that resulted in the wrongful death of two pedestrians.

The Upland woman was allegedly drunk when she led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase, ran a red light, and slammed into a Boyle Heights taco truck. The woman hit several individuals and killed two women.

Motorcycle accident: 1 dead, 4 injured near Lemoore

The California Highway Patrol was still investigating on June 9 a fatal motorcycle accident that had occurred the day before involving several Navy personnel. The motorcycle accident resulted in one death and minor injuries to four individuals. The investigation is presumably ongoing, and police have not disclosed what party or parties may have been at fault in the accident.

The motorcycle accident occurred when three Navy personnel were riding their motorcycles back to their base at the Lemoore Naval Air Station. One of the motorcycles apparently rear ended a car, and the motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle. He died at the scene, and four passengers of the car were taken to an area hospital with what were initially described as minor injuries.

Woman Injured in Valley Glen Multi-Car Crash

At least one woman was critically injured after a series of car accidents yesterday morning in Valley Glen. The pileup happened around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue. A Valley Traffic Division officer said that the accidents seemed to have been triggered when a man with a history of seizures began driving the wrong way on the road.

"He was driving against the flow of traffic, and that's when he crashed into vehicle No. 2 -- driving westbound, head on," the officer said. "Then they spun out and crashed into several stopped cars on Whitsett."

Rental car companies can lend you an unsafe vehicle

Did you know that the federal law does not prohibit a rental car company from renting out a car that's subject to a safety recall? The Motor Vehicle Safety Act prohibits a car dealer from selling a vehicle that's part of a safety recall until any auto defects have been fixed. However, California residents might be alarmed to know that this law does not apply to rental car companies. Rental agencies can rent or sell a vehicle that has been recalled without any warning or repairs.

A spokesperson with the Consumers Union, the policy division of Consumer Reports, indicates that there have been reports of incidents where people have rented a car that's been recalled. Because these vehicles have not been fixed, this has resulted in serious car accidents.

Lawsuit from fatal California truck accident reaches settlement

Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable against other drivers on the road, especially when they encounter large vehicles like trucks and tractor-trailers. When an accident occurs involving a bicycle and one of these vehicles, or any vehicle, the consequences can be devastating and result in serious personal injury or even death. One California woman, unfortunately, fell victim to this sort of truck accident when she collided with an 18-wheeler while riding her bike in 2010.

The family of the victim has been seeking reimbursement for damages occasioned by her fatal accident through a wrongful death lawsuit. They filed suits against not only the trucking company but also against the county and the state for unsafe road conditions. In response to the family's suit against it, the trucking company also filed a lawsuit against the county and state for unsafe roads. Both suits against the county and state were eventually dropped. Reports say that the family and the trucking company have settled the lawsuit, but no details were disclosed.

Keck Hospital Leaves Surgical Instrument Inside Patient

Los Angeles' Keck Hospital was recently cited by state regulators for a medical malpractice incident in which a foreign object was left in a patient's chest. A report from the California Department of Public Health indicates that a patient came to the hospital for a redo of a stemotomy and aortic valve replacement.

A subsequent analysis of the patient's x-rays revealed that there was a foreign object in the patient's chest cavity.

The object was removed by a video-assisted thoracoscopic procedure under general anesthesia and it was revealed to be a tip from an electrocautery pencil cautery, which is a device used to sear tissue after a surgery and stop bleeding.

Man scorched by grill after applying sunscreen to skin

As the summer gets hotter, many California residents will need superior sun protection. After all, sun damage to the skin can lead to cancer. Thankfully, there are various products on the market that protect our skin from damaging sunrays. However, in a recent story, a man said he suffered second-degree burns from a grill after applying a sunscreen aerosol spray on parts of his body. Such incident has spurred concern over the potentially dangerous product.

The victim says that he applied Banana Boat sunscreen to his body before walking over to his grill. Subsequently, when the man progressed to his grilling station, his skin ignited into flames. The incident resulted in second-degree burns to his chest, ear and back. These were the only areas of sunscreen application.

Orange County Nurse Sexually Assaults Patient in ER

The California Department of Public Health recently cited Orange County's Chapman Medical Center for violating health and safety procedures that led to a patient's sexual assault. A CDPH investigation revealed that a registered nurse from the hospital gave a patient a narcotic analgesic and then sexually assaulted her.

The patient came to the emergency department in April of 2010, complaining of arm pain. The nurse administered a narcotic pain killer and then proceeded to kiss the patient and fondle her breasts.

Beloved Burbank man killed in car accident at 101 years old

Despite his age of 101, friends say a local Burbank man had the stamina of someone much younger and never skipped a beat. He was a photographer and former Olympic boxer who loved to play pool at a senior center located across the street from his photography studio on Olive Avenue. He even served as a grand marshal in Burbank's centennial parade last year. Some called him a legend. After a recent accident, however, the community was thrown into shock and grief.

The man was crossing the street after leaving the senior center one night when he was struck by a car. He was taken to Providence Saint Joseph's Medical Center, but died shortly after. Police say the driver was a 91-year-old woman. She was released after being questioned about the accident.

Long Beach Plane Crash Might Be Linked to Poor Maintenance

New evidence suggests that last year's Long Beach plane crash may have been due to improper plane maintenance. National Transportation Safety Board records indicate that the plane was 653 pounds overweight and that the pilot may have failed to empty the water from plane's fuel tank sumps.

The Los Angeles Times reports that several prominent Long Beach community members and businessmen were killed in the crash including real estate investors and a member of one of the city's founding families.

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