San Diego Cyclist Dead After Accident

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San Diego Cyclist Dead After Accident

It’s become a well known fact that San Diego is not always the safest city for pedestrians. In fact, it’s the least safe city in the state and one of the worst in the country for those trying to travel alongside cars. Unfortunately, the same factors that can make the road unsafe for those traveling by foot often extend to bicyclists too. But one recent death of a San Diego cyclist actually happened out of state, shedding light on the fact that you always need to be as careful as possible when traveling via bicycle.

Details are still coming in, but it sounds like the accident may have been caused by the fact that the part of the highway Kerry Lee Kunsman, 67, was cycling down takes a curve and doesn’t provide cyclists with a shoulder. As a result, there’s a good chance that Frank B. Bohannon, 74, simply didn’t see the cyclist when he was coming around the bend. Without a shoulder to travel on, Kunsman could have been right in Bohannon’s way without the driver being able to do much about it. Driving a Ford F350 pickup also means that the cyclist didn’t stand much of a chance when he was hit.

Due to his injuries, he was originally taken in an ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. However, there, they found that the extent of his injuries was so bad that he needed to be airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center located in Portland.

He was able to hang in there over the weekend until the County Medical Examiner’s Office announced on Monday that Mr. Kunsman had passed away due to his injuries.

An investigation is still pending, though it should go without saying that Bohannon would be smart to hire legal representation. Although it doesn’t necessarily sound like he did anything wrong, the repercussions could be serious enough that it makes sense to have an attorney on his side.

Sources:

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/09/san_diego_cyclist_struck_on_fr.html

http://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/news/article_28421932-40ec-11e4-8079-9f030d81c394.html

Recent Tanker Accident Shuts Down Interstate 15

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Recent Tanker Accident Shuts Down Interstate 15

Due to its location in the state, San Diego sees countless commercial trucks driving through its highways every day. Obviously, the city itself needs plenty of commercial trucks bringing products in and out over the course of the day as well. Though the vast majority is able to do this without incident, it’s important to appreciate that these large vehicles represent a very unique and potentially dangerous risk.

One example of this occurred in Sabre Springs recently on Interstate 15. In the wake of the accident, the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 had to be closed Friday morning and kept that way for nine hours. That’s because one of these large vehicles overturned, along with one of two tankers it was hauling. In doing so, roughly 2,200 gallons of fuel spilled out from the ruptured tanker and covered the entire freeway.

Obviously, this made the interstate unsafe for driving until the vehicle could be removed and the oil cleaned up. Traffic was diverted to Poway Road or otherwise allowed to travel down the HOV lanes during morning rush hour. This did little, though, to thin the massive amount of drivers using the highway that early.

Although a vehicle that size tipping over while going interstate speeds is scary enough, the unidentified driver’s recollection of what occurred is even scarier. To put it simply, he doesn’t remember. Paramedics who examined the man reported that he was uninjured, but other issues could have rendered the man incapacitated while he was driving.

He’ll definitely want to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Truckers may sometimes suffer from issues caused by trying to stay on the road for too long. If he was pressured into pushing himself pass unsafe limits by his employer, they could be held accountable. Still, no matter what the case, the driver needs to ensure he has a competent professional looking out for him.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/fuel-tanker-overturns-interstate-15-state-route-56/

Motorcyclist Needed to Be Airlifted After Crash

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Motorcyclist Needed to Be Airlifted After Crash

There are a number of reasons people prefer riding motorcycles. Some enjoy the money they save on gas. Others simply get a kick out of the adrenaline rush that comes from riding such a vehicle. In San Diego, motorcycles are especially popular because you can ride them all year round and enjoy beautiful weather at the same time.

Unfortunately, motorcycles aren’t the safest option for transportation. Even if you are a perfectly responsible driver, you run the risk of someone else not seeing you or otherwise causing an accident. Without the safety measures associated with most vehicles, you could be in serious trouble.

One motorcyclist recently found out the hard way just how bad your injuries can be when traveling on two wheels. Although details are still forthcoming, we know the motorcyclist was riding down Pala Road when the accident occurred. It happened close to the intersection of Couser Canyon Road. The California Highway Patrol was alerted to it at 11:13 a.m.

We don’t know what the injuries entailed, but CHP did report that they were major. They were also so bad that the man reportedly had to be airlifted to the local hospital. However, there has been no word on his current status.

So while we don’t know if the man was actually responsible for the accident or if someone else caused it, it is fair to say that the incident makes the motorcyclist part of a disturbing trend. Over the last 15 years, motorcycle crashes have been steadily increasing throughout the country. Some of the most recent data out there shows that, in 2008, accidents involving cars hit an all time low. At the same time, though, those involving motorcyclists hit a new high since 1999.

So if you plan on riding a motorcycle, be sure you take every precaution to ensure your safety. It’s also a good idea to have the information for a qualified attorney handy in case an accident still happens.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsMotorcycleSafety/

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/09/20/man-sustains-major-injuries-after-single-motorcycle-crash/

Man Lucky to Be Alive After Chula Vista Fire

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Man Lucky to Be Alive After Chula Vista Fire

Few things are as scary as a fire in your home. Not only can fires cause unimaginable amounts of damage, they can also do this in very little time. Once a fire gets started, it doesn’t take long for it to rip through a home and take everything with it. Unfortunately, this can sometimes include the people inside. For a Chula Vista man, this was very nearly his fate on the night of Sunday, September 21st. Had it not been for his neighbors, there’s a good chance his fate would have been much worse.

The fire happened in a duplex located at the 500 block of Flower Street. At this time, authorities are still investigating what caused the fire in the first place. All we know is that the call reporting it came in at just after 9 p.m. While firefighters showed up promptly, those inside are lucky neighbors didn’t wait.

Instead, several people, including children, were evacuated from the house and brought a safe distance away by neighbors who noticed the fire. One man suffered minor burns and may have had issues trying to exit the structure on his own. Although his injuries were bad enough that he needed to get medical attention from the UCSD Burn Center, he’s fortunate just to be alive. Neighbors rushed into the house and helped the unidentified man make it to safety, despite the danger it meant they had to face.

Upon arriving, firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out. However, along with the man’s identity, we also don’t currently know the extent of the damage caused to the structure or those surrounding it.

While there are a lot of details we’re still lacking, anyone who lived in that home should seek legal representation, as they may have claims to make for damages. They may also need help with their insurance companies. Obviously, anyone who thinks they are to blame should find a qualified attorney as soon as possible too.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/09/22/neighbors-rescue-man-from-burning-duplex/

Jail Time Awaits Former Band Member with Multiple DUIs

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Jail Time Awaits Former Band Member with Multiple DUIs

It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel after you’ve had too much to drink. So if you think this could even be a possibility when you go out for the night, it’s important to have a designated driver who can make sure you get home safe.

This is advice a local man, Daniel Castro, would have done well to follow. Because he failed to do so, multiple times, he was recently sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison.

If you recognize the name, it’s because Mr. Castro used to play the keyboard for a popular local band called Long Live Logos.

Driving drunk wasn’t the only mistake Castro made though. He was given the maximum amount possible under the law for a couple others reasons too. First, he skipped out on his bond in the wake of the accident. Before pleading guilty in July, Castro first had to be located in Ensenada, Mexico and brought back to San Diego.

On top of that, part of his plea involved admitting that this was the third time he had been caught drinking and driving. Castro’s history includes convictions in 2004 and 2011.

It was a little after 2 a.m. on May 22 of last year when 29-year-old Jessica Creed and her boyfriend were driving southbound on Interstate 5 after work. That’s when Castro crashed his Toyota Sequoia head-on into her Ford Fusion.

The crash left Creed lucky not to be paralyzed. However, she did suffer a fractured vertebra, a broken pelvis and she lost her entire left arm, meaning she now relies on a prosthetic. Castro was driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .30 percent.

If you do make the mistake of driving while impaired, in any way, be sure you speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should you make the mistake of jumping bond either.

Sources:

http://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2014/09/19/repeat-dui-offender-sentenced-prison-wrong-way-crash-cost-woman-left-arm/

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/long-live-logos/#

Hit and Run Injures Five in Oceanside

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Hit and Run Injures Five in Oceanside

No one ever wants to be involved in an accident, especially if they’re the responsible party. But it’s important to make sure this never means you flee the scene of a crime in the wake of said accident. Doing so doesn’t just mean you’ll face much worse consequences down the road; it could also mean you’re potentially leaving victims to suffer greater pain and injuries.

Unfortunately, those who commit hit-and-runs often escape without every facing repercussions for what they did. As of right now, that’s the scenario playing out in Oceanside after a hit-and-run that occurred over the weekend. The driver of a white four-dour probably didn’t incur much damage to their vehicle, meaning they may never get brought to justice despite the harm they dealt out to others.

It was around 2:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. A vehicle was turning right from Frazee Road onto the freeway when the sedan in question came up from behind it. Apparently, the car was going so fast that it clipped the vehicle making the turn. This contact was enough to force it to overturn several times before slamming into another vehicle that was headed west on Route 76.

In total, five people were hurt. The two men in the overturned car weren’t facing life-threatening injuries, but they were in bad enough shape that they had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The driver who caused the accident was apparently able to continue on the road without slowing down much at all. A witness was the last to see the car heading west down Route 76. If you have any information that could help lead to an arrest, contact the California Highway Patrol immediately.

Knowing you’ll have proper legal representation after a crash occurs can make it much easier to face the consequences. Nonetheless, there is absolutely no excuse to ever leave the scene of an accident you caused.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/21/oceanside-hit-run-crash-frazee-route-76/

Father Faces Charges in the Death of His Son

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Father Faces Charges in the Death of His Son

No one truly knows how they’d react in the wake of an accident. If said accident were to involve a loved one, it’s probably even harder to predict. This will be, in large part, the defense attorneys plan on using to keep Angel Fabiani out of jail in a few weeks.

The accident in question happened this past July when Mr. Fabiani and his four-year-old son were returning from Mission Beach and he lost control of his truck by the I-5 and I-8 interchange. Doing so resulted in the vehicle hanging over the side of a retaining wall. Fabiani’s son was left hanging out the window, unconscious and bleeding profusely. In an attempt to save his son, Fabiani used a tool from his truck to cut the seatbelt. Unfortunately, this released the son’s body, which then fell to the ground below.

According to Fabiani, as soon as he heard the sound of his son’s body hitting the ground, he went into a state of shock. Instead of addressing his son, then, Fabiani walked 19 miles to Imperial Beach, a place he and his son used to visit often. Police finally arrested him there two days later.

Although there’s reason to believe that the child was already dead prior to falling out of the car, Fabiani didn’t do himself any favors by initially fleeing the scene. He allegedly returned moments later, which is when he cut his son’s seatbelt. Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the accident or ensuing events.

While we don’t know what caused the initial accident, Fabiani is being charged with child endangerment and walking away from the scene of a crash. If convicted, he could face between two and three years in prison.

It’s impossible to know how any of us would react in Mr. Fabiani’s shoes. But it’s important that you never leave the scene of a crash for this reason. You also need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Source:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Angelo-Fabiani-Arroyo-Dad-Abandoned-Child-Wreck-Rosecrans-275520841.html

Driver Lucky to be Alive After 50 Foot Fall

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Driver Lucky to be Alive After 50 Foot Fall

A recent truck accident in San Diego was unique solely for how odd the circumstances surrounding it were and the fact that the driver involved is still alive. Although the identity of the man who was behind the wheel of the truck is not currently known we can say for certain he’s lucky to have survived.

It would seem the accident began at around 2:50 p.m. The driver was traveling west on Interstate 8, but looking to transition onto Interstate 805 to travel north. Unfortunately when the driver approached the connector ramp, something went wrong; apparently, the driver failed to slow for the turn and instead launched his truck off the ramp.

There isn’t any word on how fast the truck was going, but it was able to get some distance before beginning its dissent of between 50 and 75 feet. The truck smashed into the roof and side of a local Dave & Buster’s, located at 2931 Camino Del Rio North.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department arrived on the scene a little after 3 p.m. They found the driver still in the vehicle and responsive, but complaining of pain in his back. After it hit the restaurant, the truck landed right side up, fortunately. Aside from the injuries he complained about, he was otherwise alert, despite the fall. He was extracted from his truck and rushed by paramedics to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Though we know the man is alive, there has been no word on his current status in regards to the injuries he sustained. Officials have since checked on the restaurant to ensure its structural integrity is not an issue.

While it may be sometime—if ever—before we realize what caused such an odd accident, it’s probably fair to say the driver should hire an attorney, just in case. He could face a number of lawsuits, especially from the Dave and Buster’s.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/09/21/truck-plunges-off-i-805-lands-near-dave-busters/

Crash in Orange County Leaves Four Hospitalized

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Crash in Orange County Leaves Four Hospitalized

Accidents can happen inside a restaurant, but fortunately, they usually have more to do with the food, spills or maybe just a patron who has had too much to drink. For four people in Laguna Hills on Monday, September 22nd, their experience in a restaurant involved a car accident.

An 88-year-old woman, who has not yet been identified, was driving through Laguna Hills when the accident occurred. Unfortunately, she was driving during the lunch rush hour, meaning the restaurant was full of customers.

Investigators don’t yet know what caused the driver to veer off the road and into the restaurant. However, once the sedan crashed into Polly’s Pies, four people were injured. Two diners are believed to have suffered only minor injuries.

However, two of the patrons were taken to the hospital with far worse issues. An 88-year-old woman was being cared for due to serious head trauma she had suffered. A 68-year-old man also needed medical attention because of an injury he suffered to his back. There have been no further reports regarding the status of those who were injured.

The driver also needed to be taken to the hospital. However, her leg injuries were only considered minor. Her current status is also unknown, though there seemed to be no reason to think she wouldn’t recover fully.

As we mentioned, investigators don’t yet know what caused the accident. However, it would be a good idea for the woman who was behind the wheel to speak to a qualified attorney as fast as possible. There could be any number of reasons she wouldn’t be held responsible for the accident, but it’s not a risk worth taking. Qualified legal representation will ensure she stands the best chance of getting a fair trial if anything comes up. It will also help her defend against any number of lawsuits that could be levied at her in the wake of this accident.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/22/car-crashes-into-orange-county-pie-shop-4-injured/

Accident on SR 67 Results in One Dead

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Accident on SR 67 Results in One Dead

A recent crash that occurred in Santee, California left one man in the hospital and another one dead. Strangely enough, the accident that was responsible was actually the second one to occur in about as many minutes. The first one was hardly a problem. This situation highlights how important it is to handle the aftermath of an accident as carefully as possible so nothing worse occurs.

The accident happened on Route 67. One driver, a 23-year-old who has yet to be identified, was behind the wheel of Mazda Miata heading north. At some point, he collided with a 24-year-old man driving a Nissan Altima and also traveling northbound. It was about 5:15 a.m. when the accident occurred.

After this initial crash, the Mazda came to a stop near an exit. The other vehicle hit the center divider before coming to a stop in the fast lane. Despite all this, neither driver was injured according to Officer Kevin Pearlstein of the California Highway Patrol.

What happened next, however, would change all that. The two drivers were close enough to one another that they could talk through the windows of their vehicles. As they did this, though, a Ford Ranger came down the highway and struck both cars. Although the truck’s exact speed isn’t known, it’s safe to say the driver was at least going fast enough for the freeway.

It was definitely fast enough to do considerable damage. The driver of the Mazda was launched over the divider, where he was then placed in the way of oncoming traffic. Shortly thereafter, he was struck by at least one more vehicle. Meanwhile, the Nissan was then hit by another two.

Although the driver of the Nissan was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, the young man behind the wheel of the Mazda was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford Ranger should seek representation to protect his rights. However, this is also a good reminder that, after an accident, you should exit the roadway as quickly as possible and keep to a location where drivers can see you clearly.

Source:

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/09/19/fatal-accident-jams-traffic-on-sr-67-in-santee/