A driver involved in a fatal accident last week stands accused of driving drunk and could face significant jail time, not to mention a civil lawsuit. The 37-year-old man from Arcadia, California, struck a road construction worker late last Wednesday night on the westbound 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park.

California State Police said the man drove his SUV into an area that was closed off to traffic with orange cones. After driving through the barricade, he struck a 21-year-old man who was operating a concrete saw as part of a contract crew working for Caltrans, the CHP said. The young worker died at the scene.

The driver was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony drunken driving and driving without a license. He was scheduled to be arraigned this week, but his hearing has been pushed back until the end of this month. If he's convicted, he could be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.


The California Highway Patrol is wrapping up its investigation of a crash that killed a 19-year-old Gavilan College basketball player in November, and charges could be filed soon against the drivers involved.

The early November fatal accident happened around 1:30 a.m. as five young men were heading south on U.S. Highway 101 after a night out at a San Francisco club. The driver said he spotted a tire in the road and swerved to avoid it, causing his black Cadillac sedan to collide with the center median. The car came to a stop in the fast lane and was soon hit by a sports car driven by a 43-year-old San Francisco man.

One of the passengers was severely injured and died two weeks later. The driver and other passengers suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the Nissan 300zx that slammed into the Cadillac. Both drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, but a toxicology report later showed the driver of the Cadillac was not drunk or on drugs.


A young man accused of causing a fatal car accident while drinking and driving has been sentenced for the crime, nearly a year ago to the day of the crash.

The 19-year-old South San Francisco, California, man was driving himself and three others home from a night of drinking in Daly City and San Francisco last year when the crash happened. It was around 3:30 a.m. when the driver became distracted by a conversation about which radio station to play as traffic ahead of the car slowed for an unrelated accident. The driver tried to stop and veered two lanes to the right, rear-ending an SUV, which lurched forward and hit another car.

No one in those cars was injured, but a 17-year-old girl sitting in the middle of the back seat of the teen driver's car was thrown forward and knocked unconscious. She died a short time later at the hospital. The other two passengers suffered minor injuries.


Distracted driving is the cause of many an accident, and the target of new traffic laws popping up all over the country. Cellphone use while driving is being banned in various degrees, and teenagers in many states are not allowed to drive with more than one non-family member in the car to prevent them from getting into an accident.

The reasoning is simple: If you're not giving your full attention to the road, you aren't driving safely. If you aren't driving safely, you could get into a serious accident. That seems to be what happened when a University of California San Francisco shuttle bus collided with an 18-wheeler in July, killing one of the shuttle's passengers. The 64-year-old driver of the shuttle, who is scheduled to be arraigned in February on charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, says he was distracted just before the accident by a conversation with that same passenger moments before the crash, according to new court documents.

The driver ran a red light and collided with the truck, whose driver tried to stop but couldn't do so in time. The victim was thrown from the vehicle and died of his injuries. The shuttle didn't have seat belts, and isn't required to by law. But it's the third significant crash involving a UCSF vehicle in nine months. The crash led to the installation of seat belts in all UCSF buses as well as a review of its shuttle operations.


Fatal accidents are always troubling and hard for family and friends to recover from, but for parents of children who die while in someone else's care, there's an extra emotional burden: the feeling that if more care and attention had been taken with their child, the accident might have been prevented. These feelings can sometimes lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

The parents of a 3-year-old California boy who choked to death on a pushpin have filed such a suit against his Montessori preschool. It alleges negligence on the part of the company that owns the school. After the boy died in August, the parents held a news conference at which they said the school wasn't at fault for the accident. But after a state investigation found care and supervision problems that may have contributed to the boy's death, his parents decided to pull their daughter from the school and file a lawsuit, according the couple's attorney.

The boy was at school one day in August when a teacher heard him making gasping sounds and saw him holding his throat. Other teachers rushed in to help and called 911, but he died a short time later at a hospital. According to an autopsy report, a pushpin was found in one of the main passageways into his lungs. His death was ruled accidental asphyxiation due to airway obstruction.

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