Woman in Lemon Grove Becomes Second Pedestrian Killed within an Hour

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Woman in Lemon Grove Becomes Second Pedestrian Killed within an Hour

San Diego has too many things going for it to count. Our city is right on the ocean, enjoys ideal weather all year round and is fairly affluent. Between SDSU, the NFL, MLB and other organizations, we don’t lack for sports to watch either. We are also known for our fine dining and amazing nightlife. However, one area where San Diego definitely lags behind is pedestrian safety. The city is the most dangerous for pedestrians in the entire state and one of the worst across the country too. Monday night helped illustrate just how bad things are here.

The accident occurred in Lemon Grove. According to San Diego County Sheriff’s officials, a man and woman were walking together down Sweetwater Road, not far from Broadway at a little after 8:00 p.m.

Details are still pending, but we know that it was around this time when an SUV ended up striking the woman and leaving her dead. The driver immediately stopped, though, and reports claim they are cooperating with the Sheriff’s Department’s investigation.

This is bad enough, of course, and represents one more pedestrian death to add to the list, after an October that saw so many of its own.

However, perhaps sadder still is the fact that the accident in Lemon Grove was actually the second of this kind to occur within San Diego County, not just that day, but that hour!  The other accident occurred in Del Mar, involving a collision happening at Interstate 5. There, too, a pedestrian was killed by a vehicle.

Obviously, something needs to change in San Diego to increase pedestrian safety and there have been no lack of options put forward (e.g. more crosswalks). However, if you ever find yourself struck by another vehicle or behind the wheel and having hit a pedestrian, be sure you call an attorney ASAP.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Pedestrian-Dies-in-Crash-in-Lemon-Grove-282235041.html

Suspicious House Fire Kills Woman Inside

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Suspicious House Fire Kills Woman Inside

This past Monday, firefighters battled flames spewing forth from a home located near the La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad. Upon entering the property, they also found a dead woman in bed, authorities said.

It was just before 7 a.m., when a neighbor noticed smoke coming out of the house. After firefighters arrived on the scene and tamed the flames, they found her body and called in the medical examiner to establish her cause of death. This investigation is still pending.

Arson detectives were also brought in to determine what caused the multiple fires that seem to have started independently throughout the home.

While this is odd enough on its own, an unidentified man came forward and gave statements to Fox 5 that have only added to the mystery behind this case. According to the man, who claims he only knew the woman for two months, she seemed to be living in constant fear or certain people were hacking her computer and tapping her phone. She also made mention of being followed by them. About a week before the fire, he alleges she told him she didn’t think she’d ever get out of the house alive—a reference to the fact that she had just sold the home. The man said the house was due to be closed on Wednesday.

This man did not clarify, however, who these people were supposed to be or the nature of their relationship to the deceased, who has yet to be identified by police.

Although you clearly can’t take the man at his word, it is odd that the fire would occur so close to the closing and that it appears to have been manmade. Obviously, her family should speak to authorities about this potential crime and find an attorney to help them if they think their loved one was murdered.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/11/10/firefighters-find-womans-body-inside-home/

Student at SDSU Dies After Falling from Apartment Building

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Student at SDSU Dies After Falling from Apartment Building

Although Saturday would involve an accident involving fireworks at the homecoming celebration, SDSU was struck with an even worse tragedy the night before. A sophomore psychology major was on the roof of her apartment building when she is believed to have slipped or otherwise lost her balance before falling. The 60-foot fall would end up killing her.

The incident happened at Paseo Place Apartments located on Lindo Paseo, a street just a few blocks from the school, between Campanile Drive and Montezuma Road. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman, who has been identified as 19-year old Melissa Kennon, fell at around 4 a.m.

It’s being reported that she was on the roof with a friend of hers when the accident occurred. Officials have confirmed that alcohol did play a factor. After emergency responders arrived at the scene, they brought Kennon to Mercy Hospital. Sadly, she would pass away the next morning.

No further details have been provided regarding the specifics of the accident. For example, we don’t know if she was sitting or standing when the fall occurred. We also don’t know where the 19-year old got the alcohol from. However, these are most likely facts the investigators will chase down in the days to come, though they might not make a statement regarding them.

Nonetheless, Kennon’s family may wish to press charges if details down the road describe a tragedy where someone else was to blame. Someone had to give or sell her the alcohol, for example. Kennon may have fallen due to shortcomings in the roof’s structural integrity. The list goes on and on. This is where a qualified attorney can be of assistance, by explaining what the next step should be in order to ensure a loved who passes away still gets justice.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Woman-Falls-Off-Roof-Paseo-Place-San-Diego-State-University–281916971.html

Rollover on Interstate 8 Leaves Four in the Hospital

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Rollover on Interstate 8 Leaves Four in the Hospital

This past Sunday, the always busy Interstate 8 got even busier when a multi-vehicle crash ended up blocking several lanes of traffic in the afternoon. While the police have not confirmed all the details or named a party responsible, those involved should definitely find a lawyer who is experienced in car accidents.

It was about 2:30 p.m. when the accident happened in Mission Valley on the eastbound lanes of I-8.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at least four vehicles were involved, though it could have been five. One vehicle actually rolled over, though we don’t know if that was the triggering event or simply a scary byproduct of the entire pileup.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department confirmed that four people had been injured in the accident. Two of them were taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital and the others were transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital. However, the department did not comment on what their condition was.

At first, the accident was bad enough to block several lanes, which only made things more difficult for emergency services. However, as the accident was dealt with, only two had to be closed off, though that’s still a lot. In any case, this speaks to how badly these vehicles must have been damaged if they couldn’t simply be towed away or at least to the side of the road.

As we mentioned earlier, all parties involved should be seeking legal representation ASAP. This is a good example of a time when it pays to already have the number of a qualified attorney. With at least four parties involved, one or two may not get their first choice in terms of a law firm if anyone else contacted them about the accident. It would represent a conflict of interest.

This also isn’t an issue where knowing you’re innocent is a reason not to seek representation. Someone else may think they did nothing wrong either, but have an attorney skilled at making it seem like you’re to blame.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/11/09/rollover-crash-sends-4-to-hospitals/

One Dead in Crash on 805

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One Dead in Crash on 805

Interstate 805 was the site of a terrifying accident last week that resulted in a fatality and four lanes needing to be closed for over two hours. Car accidents aren’t rare in San Diego, of course, especially when you’re talking about the busy interstate. Fortunately, though, they usually don’t involve a death. Nonetheless, these accidents should serve as a reminder that you should always be prepared for them by having the contact of a qualified attorney with you at all times.

According to the California Highway Patrol, they issued a Sig Alert shortly after 7 p.m. It was made for the northbound lanes of Interstate 805, just south of Interstate 5 in Sorrento Valley.

We still don’t fully understand what occurred. From eyewitness reports, all we know for sure is that a white SUV was traveling north on the interstate when it drove right into the back of a white sedan heading the same direction in the same lane. The SUV was reported as having bad damage done to the front of it, though it was clearly the white sedan that received the worst of it. Reports say that the back of the vehicle was completely caved in from the impact.

Although the California Highway Patrol did say that one of the two drivers was dead—both were traveling alone at the time—they have not confirmed which vehicle the deceased was in, much less issued a name.

One other vehicle was struck during the accident, though the driver is believed to be fine. Their green BMW did have a back taillight broken and perhaps some other damage, however.

While we don’t know what happened for sure, this sounds like a case of someone either driving too fast without paying attention or otherwise having issues with their vehicle. In Regardless, the driver who lived should consult with an attorney ASAP to ensure they handle the matter correctly.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fatal-Crash-Closes-I-805-Lanes–281873541.html

Motorcyclist Dies After Accident in Mt. Hope

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Motorcyclist Dies After Accident in Mt. Hope

Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation throughout the United States. However, there’s no doubt that they are especially beloved here in San Diego. This is definitely due, in large part, to the ample opportunities there are to ride and all the amazing scenery to enjoy. Unfortunately, this also means San Diego suffers from a greater amount of motorcycle accidents every year.

Sadly, another one occurred recently in the Mt. Hope neighborhood. It was this past Friday evening when the accident happened. A 25-year old man, who has since been identified by police as Jared Daniel Grady of San Diego, was riding a Yamaha motorcycle down the 3800 block of Market Street.

Another man, 35—who remains unnamed at this time—was leaving Mount Hope Cemetery in a Ford Explorer. When he pulled his vehicle into Market Street, the Explorer became directly in the way of the motorcyclist. Though it sounds like Grady may have tried his best to avoid a crash, there was little he could do at this point. Ultimately, he slammed his motorcycle into the side of the SUV.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner reported that Grady was pronounced dead at the scene. There has been no word about the other driver regarding his potential injuries. We also don’t know if he has been charged with anything, either.

Needless to say, though, he should be speaking with an attorney as soon as he can. Even if he’s not currently facing charges, the statute of limitations is far from expired. On top of that, just because the authorities don’t file charges doesn’t mean Grady’s family won’t decide to later on in civil court.

Again, we don’t yet know who is to blame for this accident. However, any time you’re involved with one this serious, legal representation is a must.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Motorcyclist-Dies-in-Mt-Hope-Crash–282002041.html

La Mesa Man Frustrated with Dental Surgeries

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La Mesa Man Frustrated with Dental Surgeries

Many rely on their smile to make a great first impression. At the very least, it’s something we unconsciously do to let the world know how happy we are. Unfortunately, for one man in La Mesa who didn’t think his smile was up to the task, it led to a much greater challenge.

The problems began for John Russell back when he was a child. While playing basketball, he lost two teeth that were eventually able to be put back into his mouth. However, over time, they weakened. Two years ago, it got bad enough that they had to be pulled.

Opting for dental implants, Russell visited SmileCare in La Mesa for a consultation on the matter. He was charged $10,000 for the procedure. After receiving a bone graft to help fortify the jaw, a surgeon that was working with SmileCare told Russell it wouldn’t work. He says the surgeon told him the company had made a mistake.

He underwent another attempt at getting implants this past August, but it also failed. Speaking with a local news team, Russell produced a consent form he had signed. Though it mentions no guarantees, the sixth-grade teacher says he feels he was deceived during the consultation. SmileCare also promised a refund, he claims, but it never arrived until the news team called the company’s corporate office in Florida. Then it took just two hours.

Since the original conversation with the news team, Russell says he used the money to pay for a bridge procedure, which will essentially insert artificial teeth permanently and most likely put the issue to rest. This time Russell went with a different company.

Although it’s nice to have a story with a happy ending, Russell should have also thought about contacting a law firm familiar with malpractice and/or dental cases. A qualified attorney may have been able to help him out much sooner.

Source:

http://www.10news.com/news/la-mesa-man-says-failed-dental-surgeries-have-left-him-angry-embarrassed-11112014

Family May Take La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club to Trial

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Family May Take La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club to Trial

Back in October of 2008, Jeff and Nan Lawrence brought their family from Enid, Oklahoma to the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in order to celebrate the sixth birthday of their twin sons, Luke and Michael. Instead of getting the first floor room they wanted—none were available—the family checked into one on the second floor. According to records, the next morning, Mrs. Lawrence opened the hotel room’s window in order to hear the waves and moments later, Michael broke through the screen, falling to the concrete below. The boy suffered major brain injuries from the accident.

This past October 31, a three-judge panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a prior summary judgment that a Superior Court judge here in San Diego had entered in favor of the resort. Originally, this had brought the lawsuit to an end.

At the crux of the suit is a claim that the resort was negligent by not installing child safety devices on their rooms’ windows. Though other angles are at play, the Lawrences are claiming the hotel is responsible for what happened to their son, who apparently has fallen behind in school as a result of his injury six years ago.

It’s an interesting legal issue that has been brought up before all over the country. In fact, it’s shocking to find out how common this problem is: 14 children a day, on average, will need to be treated in a hospital for an injury related to falling out a window.

The hotel’s argument is, essentially, that the windows complied with the relevant codes and are never meant to act as a safety device.

Obviously, you can’t be too careful where your children’s safety is concerned, though that’s not to say who’s to blame in this case. Amongst other things, though, this lawsuit should help illustrate how important it always is to speak to an attorney after an accident so you’re aware what your options are for moving forward.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/nov/08/lawsuit-window-fall-la-jolla-beach-club-appeal/

Company Responsible for SDSU Fireworks Has History of Problems

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Company Responsible for SDSU Fireworks Has History of Problems

For those who only watched the game on TV or didn’t stick around for the festivities, San Diego State University’s homecoming may have seemed like a great success. Coach Rocky Long led the Aztecs to holding off Idaho and clinching a 35-21 victory, increasing their record to 5-4. However, later on that night, at a postgame celebration, things took a much different turn.

Fans were enjoying the fireworks display put on by Pyro Spectacular, a company based out of the Inland Empire. A witness said that it looked like the fireworks had malfunctioned. Three shot off at the same time, but one of those came from a launcher that had fallen over. Unfortunately, it happened to tip in the direction of the crowd, meaning the firework that shot out hit an 11-year old child. He was burned on the leg and upper torso.

Although it’s unclear the extent of the boy’s injuries, he was treated by a professional inside the stadium at one of the facility’s aid stations before being sent home.

The story doesn’t end there, though, as local 10News found out. After the company told the channel they were investigating the accident and looking to check in on the victim, 10News began researching Pyro Spectacular.

Some of you may remember the Fourth of July in San Marcos back in 2010 when a firework blazed through a crowd, injuring four people before burning through a chair. There are at least three other accidents that appear to have connections to Pyro Spectacular, all of which involved injured employees. In 1996, one of their staff members reportedly died when their manufacturing plant went up in an explosion.

As the largest fireworks company on the West Coast, Pyro Spectacular would do well to make sure they have ample legal representation. Given the work they’re involved in and their history of accidents, chances are they’ll end up needing it.

Source:

http://www.10news.com/news/firework-company-has-history-of-accidents-11092014

Accident in Carlsbad Kills Two

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Accident in Carlsbad Kills Two

San Diego and the surrounding areas are almost always packed with traffic, often even late into the night. It’s one of the reasons the city rates so poorly in terms of pedestrian deaths. Of course, it’s also why San Diego experiences so many traffic accidents throughout the year. If you’re not already driving with the contact info for a qualified attorney, now’s a good time to make sure you start doing that.

Unfortunately, one person lost his life recently in a car accident in Carlsbad. Obviously, no amount of legal representation is going to change that, but the driver involved should certainly get in touch with a lawyer ASAP.

Details are still lacking while the investigation is under way, but we know it was about 9:30 a.m. when the fatal accident happened. The location was on the 2700 block of Monroe Street.

Witnesses said a car was otherwise traveling unremarkably until all of a sudden it crossed over into oncoming traffic. The vehicle was able to make it through both lanes unscathed but then ran straight into trees on the other side, according to the Carlsbad Police Department. No other people were involved in the crash or hurt by the vehicle.

Sadly, the passenger, a 91-year old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. We don’t yet know what his relationship was to the 79-year old female who had been driving. She was discovered alive at the scene, though, and immediately transferred to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. According to police, she suffered major injuries.

Police have yet to release the names of the two people involved or otherwise comment on the accident. They did say, however, that alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.

Obviously, the woman behind the wheel should probably speak to a lawyer, even if the accident was just that: an accident. Still, it’s a tragic reminder that your life could be changed at any time by another driver, so it’s best to have representation ready.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Elderly-Man-Killed-in-Carlsbad-Crash-282085341.html