Train Strikes Truck in Central California

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Train Strikes Truck in Central California

When all goes well, the trains that crisscross San Diego are an irreplaceable source of transportation. Most wouldn’t know how to handle their commutes without these vehicles racing across their tracks in every direction. Unfortunately, their size and speed makes trains a deadly force when people are put in their path. One accident in Guadalupe, California makes this abundantly clear.

Amtrak is a well-known line around San Diego as well as the rest of Central California. This past Monday, one such train was transporting 250 passengers across Guadalupe when a pickup truck drove over the tracks. No reports have clarified why the truck was in the way. Presumably, there would have been safety measures meant to keep vehicles from the track. In the past, though, this hasn’t always worked if drivers have made it past the restriction gates that collapse when a train is coming. They can then find themselves stuck on the tracks and directly in the path of a speeding train. Numerous pedestrians die every year by ignoring these precautions.

We know that the train just clipped the truck, so it sounds like the driver may have been driving across the tracks when the accident occurred. In any case, the frightening crash was enough to leave the driver with minor injuries. The unidentified man needed medical attention at a local hospital.

After the train struck it, the truck hurdled into two parked cars nearby. Luckily, both vehicles were empty when the accident occurred.

At this time, the crash remains under investigation. However, the driver of the truck should probably seek legal representation. It’s doubtful that he was justified in trying to cross the tracks with an oncoming train hurtling through. At the same time, if the restricting arms failed to fall, he may be the one with a case on his hand. This is why he should consult with an attorney.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/06/1-hurt-as-train-hits-truck-in-central-california/

Teenage Hijinks in Livermore Not Funny to Law Enforcement

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Teenage Hijinks in Livermore Not Funny to Law Enforcement

Everyone has heard the expression, “boys will be boys.” Along the same lines, many people give teenagers a certain number of “free passes” for behavior they know won’t fly once they become full-fledged adults. Unfortunately, just because society is often willing to look the other way or otherwise tolerate some questionable behavior, law enforcement doesn’t operate with the same amount of flexibility.

Two high school football players from a San Francisco Bay area high school recently found out the hard way that what they might consider a laughing matter represents a number of criminal charges.

As it turns out, what the two accused may have seen as teenage hijinks the SFPD sees as misdemeanor hazing, battery and false imprisonment. It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s nothing funny about those kinds of charges. Officer Traci Rebiejo told the Contra Costa Times that a third boy may also face arrest this week in relation to these crimes. Being minors, though, the accused and victim’s names are being withheld from the press.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the incident is said to have occurred on school grounds. Allegedly, it was around 7 p.m. on September 17th when the two—possibly three—boys cornered another. The victim was a freshman, though the exact ages of the alleged attackers is not known. Aside from shaving his head, authorities say he was physically harmed other ways too.

At this time, an investigation is still under way, including efforts by the high school, according to principal Eric Dillie.

To some people, this incident may be a reminder of what they experienced, in one way or another, as teenagers. This can make it easy to laugh off such “hazing.” No matter how you look at it, though, the truth is that what these kids are accused of is illegal. Now they need to seek legal representation to safeguard their futures.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/16/2-sf-bay-area-teens-arrested-in-hazing-incident/

 

Suspected Drunk Driver Puts Six in the Hospital

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Suspected Drunk Driver Puts Six in the Hospital

Everyone knows that driving while under the influence is never a good idea. Yet, every year, somewhere around 16,000 people will get charged with a DUI.4,000 of those arrests will occur just in the city alone. Of course, this also doesn’t account for all the people who commit this crime, but are never caught.

Unfortunately, some of these people are only caught because of the harm they cause to others. This may be the case recently in Lemon Grove. A man there is suspected of driving while drunk after a crash he caused put him and two other adults in the hospital. Sadly, four children were also rushed to the hospital, though reports suggest their visit was only as a precaution.

The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. this past Saturday at the intersection of Citrus Street and Central Avenue, according to Sergeant Michelle McPhail. We don’t yet know what everyone’s injuries entailed. However, like the children, it sounds as though the adults were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The driver who caused the accident complained of a pain in his leg.

Obviously, the man suspected of driving drunk needs to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Even if he wasn’t under the influence at the time of the crash, if he indeed caused it, he could be facing a number of lawsuits. If he was drunk, though, it’s all the more vital that he find a lawyer. California’s conviction rate for DUI cases is around 80%. Avoiding serious punishments like jail time won’t be possible without experienced representation.

Again, regardless of the man’s BAC, his victims should seek out an attorney as well. The right lawyer could help cover any of the medical bills their insurance company won’t and even help secure them other damages they’re entitled to.

Sources:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/06/7-hospitalized-after-suspected-dui-crash/

http://www.topgundui.com/san-diego-dui-enforcement#dui-statistics-sd

Sexual Assault Reported at CSUSM

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Sexual Assault Reported at CSUSM

For the vast majority of people, college represents a time to both achieve the path to a better future and have a little fun with those who will become lifelong friends. However, some people’s college careers are marred with memories they’d like to forget. Unfortunately, it seems like this may be the case for one young woman attending California State University San Marcos.

The incident in question involves sexual assault allegedly predicated by a male on a female who is attending the school. Although it was just reported this past Friday, the victim says the attack occurred last month.

According to reports, the victim was attending a party at a residence hall where she met her alleged attacker, whom had been invited by others. He is described as an 18-year-old African-American male, standing about 5’8 and weighing around 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and short, black hair. However, he is not believed to be a student, but rather a resident of Orange County.

This is the second such crime that’s been reported in the vicinity of the Quad residence hall on CSUSM’s campus. The first was actually reported a week after this one is supposed to have taken place. It was then that a man who matches the description of the assailant from a week prior is said to have perpetrated a similar crime on a female victim.

An investigation is still under way, meaning facts are not forthcoming at this time. University officials would not comment on whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved nor would they elaborate on the nature of the attack.

While college should be a time that represents happy memories, tragedies like this are a good reminder that young people still need to keep their guard up as much as possible. This young woman should also contact an attorney to ensure she understands her rights.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/04/sex-assault-reported-near-csusm-campus/

Propane Tanks Explode at Santee Campground

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Propane Tanks Explode at Santee Campground

Ideally, camping should involve time spent away from the rat-race, relaxing with family and friends. San Diego County is home to a number of popular campgrounds used year-round for just this reason. Unfortunately, this past weekend, one campsite featured an event that was anything but relaxing. A couple staying at Santee Lakes, located in Santee, were attempting to light a propane stove at roughly 10 p.m. when the accident occurred.

At this time, no one knows for sure what caused the accident, which is being described as an explosion. We know that the propane stove was part of a larger trailer and that the victims were inside the recreational vehicle when the explosion happened. The accident is still under investigation at the moment, but it seems likely that propane was allowed to build up before the fire was lit. This would explain why the explosion was described as just a flash. It also makes sense, then, why the fire extinguished itself immediately after.

Though the two victims were reportedly able to leave the trailer on their own, they were said to have suffered burns to between 40% and 50% of their body. Santee fire officials also described the trailer as being heavily damaged as a result of the explosion.

Nearby campers did their best to help the man and woman once they made it out of the vehicle, but emergency responders still had to take them to UCSD Burn Center immediately to treat their wounds.

The names of the couple have not yet been released, and we do not know their current status. We do know, however, that they should seek legal representation depending on the results of the investigation. If the propane tank or RV is responsible, they’ll most likely have damages coming their way so long as an experience attorney represents them.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Propane-Tank-Explosion-Santee-Lakes-RV-Campground–278231891.html

Hot Air Balloon Proposal Ends in Crash

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Hot Air Balloon Proposal Ends in Crash

Had it gone as planned, one local area man’s proposal would definitely have been remembered as extremely romantic. Although the result certainly had some romantic elements, the final product certainly left a lot to be desired considering it ended in a crash off the coast of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

Things started off well enough. The two lovers enjoyed a romantic sunset from the basket of their hot air balloon just before Eric Barretto proposed to his girlfriend, Jennilyn Buenaventura Garcia. Fortunately, she said yes. After that, however, strong winds took the hot air balloon off-course, according to the pilot, who has been identified only by his first name, Tim. It was then, he said, that he either had to hope for offshore winds to bring the balloon back or simply land it in the water.

At first, many witnesses said they thought the pilot was just bringing the balloon down close to the water so the couple could get a better view. However, it didn’t take long for the message to become clear that something wasn’t going as planned.

A handful of surfers paddled out to the balloon as it descended closer and closer to the water. Before it was able to crash, they used the ropes to pull it as close to shore as possible. Eventually, though, it descended into the water, but not before the newly engaged couple jumped into the Pacific and swam ashore.

Fortunately, none of the reports on the accident mention that anyone was hurt. Nonetheless, the couple will certainly want to contact an attorney if their unintended adventure doesn’t earn them a refund. If anyone had been hurt, it would definitely be a good idea to speak with an attorney, no matter what kind of waiver the participants may have signed. An experienced lawyer will know whether it’s still appropriate to seek damages.

Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2782226/Sunset-hot-air-balloon-proposal-ends-Pacific-crash-landing-said-yes.html

Hit and Run Driver Turns Himself in to Investigators

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Hit and Run Driver Turns Himself in to Investigators

Getting in an accident is never an enjoyable experience. Causing an accident is arguably far worse as it involves not just physical trauma, but the mental pain involved in knowing you were responsible. This is never an excuse to flee the scene, however. Aside from the obvious ethical issues involved, doing so is against the law and can leave any victims much worse off than if you stayed and called for help.

This past Tuesday, it sounds like a 17-year-old boy came to his senses the day after causing an accident near San Diego State University. The crash he is responsible left a 19-year-old man hospitalized.

It happened at about 11:00 p.m. Monday, October 5th. The victim, who attends SDSU, was crossing the Montezuma Road close to Campanile Drive not far from campus. At the same time, a Toyota 4Runner allegedly went through the intersection striking the man. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old decided to keep driving, leaving witnesses to seek medical attention for the victim. As we said, he was eventually taken to a hospital.

Authorities have reported that the driver turned himself in the next day and was cooperative. He was released from their custody, but police are still charging him with a felony hit-and-run. This will be processed via juvenile court.

We don’t know the name of the driver, but authorities said he was also an SDSU student. At the time of the crash, the driver was apparently on his way home. Authorities have not reported if they believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the hit-and-run.

The accident is yet another reminder that San Diego leads the state in pedestrian accidents and is in the top 10 around the country. This is why it’s essential to always pay attention to where you’re going and keep the name of a qualified attorney handy in case the worst happens.

Source:

http://www.10news.com/news/pedestrian-hit-by-car-in-college-area-09292014

Head-On Crash in Oceanside Leaves Three Injured

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Head-On Crash in Oceanside Leaves Three Injured

San Diego is home to well over a million people, with many more in the surrounding area. It also features countless roadways and untold numbers of people visiting the city every week. Unfortunately, this means that auto accidents are all but inevitable. When they happen, serious injuries and fatalities are often the result. This is why it’s so important, no matter how safe a driver you are, to always have the contact information for a qualified attorney on hand.

Recently, in Oceanside, an accident that occurred that left three people in the hospital. However, the truth is that these three people were lucky it wasn’t far worse. That’s because a San Diego Gas and Electric utility truck was involved. The size of these trucks, combined with the high speeds they can reach on the highway, often make for a deadly recipe. This is especially true when you consider the equipment and chemicals they often carry.

According to Oceanside police, the crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. this past Wednesday on Route 76. A 34-year-old man from Oceanside was driving his 2007 Toyota Corolla east on 76 when he decided to make a left turn onto Douglas Drive in order to head north. Unfortunately, it seems he didn’t have the right of way. As such, his decision put him right in the path of a San Diego Gas and Electricity utility truck. Witnesses confirm the truck had the right of way in making its turn.

Emergency responders took both drivers to Scripps La Jolla Hospital immediately. Though we don’t know the full extent of their accidents, we know they were bad enough that they had to be airlifted to help. However, a passenger from the utility truck was taken by ambulance to Tri-City Medical Center nearby.

It should go without saying that the Oceanside man should contact an attorney. However, the other driver may also want legal representation to ensure his damages are recouped.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/02/3-injured-in-head-on-crash-involving-sdge-truck/

 

Drunk Driver Crashes into Sheriff’s Van

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Drunk Driver Crashes into Sheriff’s Van

It should go without saying that you don’t want to get behind the wheel after you’ve had too much to drink. Nonetheless, every year, authorities will make 16,000 stops on suspicion of DUI in San Diego County. Somewhere around 12,000 of those stops will represent eventual convictions. Sadly, this doesn’t tell us how many people make the decision to take the wheel when they shouldn’t and just don’t end up caught.

It should probably also go without saying that if you were to get in an accident while impaired, the last vehicle you’d want to hit is a van belonging to the Sheriff’s department. Yet that’s exactly what Sergio Garcia, 20, of Fontana is accused of doing this past Monday morning.

Authorities claim Garcia was driving a 2004 Nissan in the early hours of Monday, October 5th. Whether he was drunk or not, the young man definitely decided to take an off-ramp from SR 91 going the wrong direction. Unfortunately for him, this decision led him directly into a Sheriff’s department van. The only good news is that the three inside weren’t seriously injured in the accident. One of the passengers, an inmate, was taken in for a medical examination merely as a precaution. However, Garcia needed immediate medical attention and was transported to a nearby hospital. Authorities say the collision has left him with major injuries.

At this time, we don’t have all the facts, but CHP has reported they believe alcohol played a factor in the accident. Whether you end up hitting somebody or not, this is a good reminder to never take your keys out of your pocket once you know you’re intoxicated. If you do end up in a situation like Garcia’s, though, it pays to have experienced legal representation on your side. You’re going to be fighting charges of DUI and much worse.

Sources:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/06/man-held-after-wrong-way-crash-with-sheriffs-van/

http://www.topgundui.com/san-diego-dui-enforcement

Crash in Irvine Kills Five

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Crash in Irvine Kills Five

Every state has different laws about minors operating a motor vehicle. However, those that do are expected to have a license establishing that they are legally allowed to be behind the wheel. Despite what you may think about the law in question, a local accident in Irvine suggests it has some roots in logic.

It was this past weekend when a group of six minors left Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park and took to Interstate 5. They were heading southbound when the accident that would leave five dead occurred. At about 2:12 in the morning, the driver of the 1995 BMW sedan, who has since been identified as Bradley Morales, ended up taking his car off the road for reasons that remain unknown. After that, his car went up an embankment and finally perched across a retaining wall. Almost immediately, it burst into flames. Orange County firefighters were able to subdue the flames by 2:20 a.m.

Morales was found outside the vehicle and presumable unconscious, though this hasn’t been confirmed. What we do know is that he was rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention. The latest reports state he was in need of emergency brain surgery for a fracture in his skull. He’s been listed as in serious, but stable, condition.

In California, the law states that you can’t drive after 11 p.m. if you’re under 17 ½ years of age. You also aren’t allowed to have passengers under 20 years of age. However, Morales didn’t have a license to begin with, making the rule on non-matter in this case.

The cause of death is still unknown, though speed is thought to have played a major role. In any case, the accident left his four passengers dead.

The family of the surviving driver should contact an attorney immediately. Given the aftermath, their son could face serious consequences and legal representation is vital to mitigating them.

Sources:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/06/driver-in-crash-that-killed-5-teens-didnt-have-license/

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/06/driver-in-crash-that-killed-5-teens-didnt-have-license