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California woman arraigned in fatal accident

Six people died in an accident on February 9 caused by an allegedly drunk driver who drove the wrong way on the 60 Freeway. On July 17, the 21-year-old woman facing charges in the case was arraigned after multiple delays. Some of the delays were due to medical reasons because the woman had been seriously injured in the crash. She now faces six counts of murder.

Not long before the crash occurred, the California Highway Patrol began receiving reports that a car was traveling the wrong way on the 57 Freeway and then the 60 Freeway. The woman, who was driving a Chevrolet Camaro, hit a Ford Explorer head-on. The woman's two passengers and the four people in the Explorer died.

1 killed, several injured in crash on California highway

A multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck killed one man and injured seven others on July 10. Although he was wearing his seat belt, the force of the crash partially ejected the 25-year-old victim from his car. The tractor-trailer also rolled over his vehicle.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near the Bear Creek Road exit. Officials said the accident left the highway closed for 10 hours. California Highway Patrol officers said that the semi-truck plowed into the back of a line of vehicles. The crash damaged ten vehicles, and the man who was killed occupied the fifth in the line according to CHP. EMS transported a 37-year-old woman to the hospital with a lacerated liver, and six other people suffered minor injuries.

1 dead, 7 injured in California highway truck crash

A car accident that occurred in Los Gatos on July 10 left a 25-year-old man dead. According to the report, the incident took place in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near the Lexington Reservoir when a semi-truck collided with 10 other vehicles. Failed brakes might have contributed to the crash, but the owner of the truck stated that a safety check was conducted on the truck the morning of the accident and that the California Highway Patrol had conducted an inspection two weeks prior.

The driver of the semi-truck involved in the crash stated that he was unable to stop his truck when he came upon traffic because of the steepness of the grade, which was approximately 6 percent, and the weight of the two dirt-filled trailers that he was hauling. When he attempted to use the brakes, they emitted smoke and failed to reduce the truck's speed. He stated that his followed his training and steered the truck into the guardrail to try to stop it.

7 injured in California crash

Police suspect that a Tesla involved in a West Hollywood accident that injured multiple people was stolen. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the July 4 incident commenced at about 12:45 a.m., when police responded to a call from a Tesla dealership regarding a stolen car.

Police reportedly pursued the car, reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour, before the Tesla collided with two vehicles on La Brea Avenue. Prior to coming to a stop, the Tesla crashed into a pole, splitting into two pieces and sparking flames that would affect at least half of the Tesla and another vehicle, authorities reported.

GM announces new recall, 8.5 million vehicles affected

Because of a statement made by GM’s CEO last month, we knew that there was a possibility of more recalls involving vehicles with ignition-switch defects in the upcoming months. But despite this knowledge, some of our California readers may have felt their hearts drop when GM announced last month its most recent recall.

Covering some 8.5 million vehicles, the current recall contains more models that GM believes could have defective vehicle parts ranging from the infamous ignition-switch to potential electrical problems to possible engine block issues. All of these issues, GM believes, could put motorists at risk of an accident.

Could death of soccer ref lead to civil litigation?

Emotions tend to run high a lot of times at sporting events. From fans upset over their team losing to players arguing with each other over unsportsmanlike conduct, these heightened emotions usually don’t amount to anything more than a few grumbles during and after the event is done.

But as our California readers will soon see, this wasn’t the case in Michigan recently where a disagreement with a referee at a soccer match turned deadly. Now, even though the incident happened far from residents here in San Jose, it’s raising questions about liability and whether the referee’s death could lead to civil litigation and eventually compensation.

Bus company shut down for numerous violations

When we see a news story about a charter bus company that has been shut down and cited for safety violations, it usually doesn’t matter to most people what state the company is from, only that they have been taken off the road. That’s because a lot of charter bus companies operate in other states other than their hub, meaning they could be putting residents in other states in just as much danger as in their own state.

This was certainly the case for a family-owned bus company out of Minnesota that was recently shut down by federal officials for a number of violations. And although this Midwest company may not have had any dealings with residents here in California, the case represents a danger that could easily be present in our state as well.

GM accused of suppressing facts about ignition-switch failures

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone here in California who has not heard yet about the scandal involving the General Motors Company. The automaker came under fire after investigators discovered that the ignition-switch problems cited as the reason for a number of recalls recently had actually been known about for years before the recalls were made. The automaker is accused of suppressing knowledge about the switch’s defective design for nearly a decade.

As you may have heard, GM issued 44 recalls in this year alone that included some 20 million vehicles in the United States. Almost 6.5 million of those vehicles are believed to have ignition-switch issues. But these recalls came too late, as the defect has already claimed the lives of 13 people and contributed to a number of injury-causing crashes as well. And with GM announcing more and more recalls, some lawmakers are concerned that this might be a sign of larger safety problems.

Driver claims brakes failed in North Hollywood pedestrian strike

Many people here in San Jose know how important it is to establish fault after an injury-causing accident. That’s because, by establishing fault you also establish who is liable for those injuries. If another driver was negligent behind the wheel, they or their insurance may have to pay compensation to an injured person. In the event that the crash was caused by a mechanical failure, the vehicle’s manufacturer could be held liable and would then have to pay compensation.

But as you may already be aware, there are some cases in which an at-fault driver may not want to admit to negligence and may instead blame the accident on a mechanical failure. This can complicate things because now law enforcement must prove whether this statement is true or not. Discovering the truth becomes an important piece of the police investigation because, as we hinted at above, it will determine who the accident victim holds accountable for their injuries.

4-year-old boy drowns after getting hand stuck in hot tub drain

A tragedy out of San Bernardino County this month is highlighting the dangerous children face every day on properties where there are pools and hot tubs. Without proper supervision, these summer getaways can turn deadly for children. In a matter of seconds, everything can change and a family may never fully recover from the tragedy.

This particular pool accident ended in the death of a 4-year-old boy from Highland after his hand got stuck in a pool drain. Reports indicate that he had been playing in an in-ground hot tub when his hand became lodged in the spa’s filter. Despite performing CPR after pulling the boy from the water, firefighters were not able to save the boy and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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