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31Dec/13Off

Man dies in bed when car plows into home

 Man dies in bed when car plows into home

Source: NBC Los Angeles

A man who was in bed was killed early Sunday when a car crashed into his Orange Country home. The driver of the car was arrested and suspected of driving under the influence.

The driver, Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of Mission Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and may face additional charges, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Keshmiri was driving on a suspended license due to an already pending DUI case, authorities said.

The red Cadillac Keshmiri was driving crashed through the front of a house in the 2600 block of Pacato Drive in Mission Viejo.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Family and neighbors identified the man as 60-year-old Ken Jackson. He was described as a motorcycle enthusiast.

The driver and one passenger, who was detained and released, suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The house wad badly damaged. The Cadillac almost went entirely though the front side of the home. A city engineer is needed to determine if the home was safe to live in or not. It could need to be destroyed.

There was another person in the home at the time of the accident, but they were not injured in the incident. The Southern California Gas Company was also called to secure a severed gas line, according to authorities.

This isn’t Keshmiri’s first incident with drunk driving. In August 2010, he was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI. He also has a pending case from June of this year that has led to the suspension of his license.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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15May/13Off

Anaheim Crash Causes Multiple Injuries

A woman is loaded into an air ambulance that l...

A woman is loaded into an air ambulance that landed on Ski Hill Rd. after a head-on crash near Lifford Rd. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. She was flown to Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries. Another woman was also airlifted to the same hospital with serious injuries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early Sunday morning, Anaheim experienced a major collision at Gilbert Street and La Palma Avenue.

The driver, whose identification is currently unknown, had been drinking that evening. The suspect reached the intersection, and instead of stopping at the red light, crashed into two stopped vehicles.

The two vehicles were filled with passengers. It has been reported that eight people were injured in the accident, but their current conditions have not been disclosed.

The driver who caused the accident was arrested on site and faces the charges of a felony DUI.

Paramedics responded quickly and rushed the wounded to the hospital. At this point, there does not appear to be any fatalities.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and very dangerous. Sometimes offenders get away with a ticket, and other times their actions cause damage to innocent people. A felony DUI conviction, for what this driver was arrested, can lead to 180 days in jail, a $3,000 fine, a four-year license restriction period and an 18-month alcohol education program. Felony convictions can have serious impacts on one’s future as well, including employment.

If you or something you know has been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact an injury attorney today to learn more about your rights as the victim.

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28Nov/12Off

Substance Abuse Counselor Was Negligent

Imagine overcoming addiction and working as a substance abuse counselor. The words of a substance abuse counselor, who happens to be a former addict, carry a lot of weight. What happens when their actions fail to live up to their words?

Sherri Wilkins wrote in a Myspace profile that “she used to be into drugs very heavy” and “with that came terrible choices.”

Mugshot of Mel Gibson taken on 28 July 2006.

Mugshot of Mel Gibson taken on 28 July 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wilkins was trying to turn her life around: She wrote that she had been sober for 11 years, had reconnected with family and, according to state records, earned a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. She was working at a Torrance treatment center, helping others battle the addiction she tried to put behind her.

But over the weekend, Wilkins allegedly struck a pedestrian while driving drunk on Torrance Boulevard and kept driving for more than two miles with the man embedded in her windshield, according to police.

Torrance police arrested the 51-year-old on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter. Wilkins told officers she “panicked” after the crash Saturday night and simply kept driving.

Other motorists managed to stop Wilkins and grab her keys at 182nd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, Watt said. Phillip Moreno, 31, of Torrance still had a pulse when officers arrived, but was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Wilkins had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal 0.08% limit. She told police she was on her way home from work at the time of the crash, but officials at the treatment center said it had only daytime meetings on Saturdays and was closed.

In 2010, Wilkins faced charges of driving under the influence, hit and run, and being under the influence of a controlled substance after she allegedly hit a power pole at the intersection of 182nd Street and Hawthorne — less than two miles from where Moreno was pulled from her windshield. Wilkins dragged the pole into the road, where a few other cars struck it and were damaged.

That case, however, was eventually dismissed. Sullivan said Wilkin’s blood-alcohol level came back at zero and the levels of drugs were “so low” an expert couldn’t testify that there was an impairment. Wilkins reached a civil compromise with the other drivers.

A memorial for Moreno was crafted at the corner where he was struck. Bud Light beer bottles, a miniature Dodgers bat, a Kobe Bryant jersey, balloons and flowers lay at a nearby railroad signal, along with notes with Moreno’s nickname, “Chud.”

Court records showed Wilkins also had two convictions for burglary and petty theft in Los Angeles County, along with a conviction out of San Bernardino County for bringing alcohol or drugs into a prison.

In her Myspace profile, Wilkins said she was a “proud parent” who loved music, dogs, painting, cooking and the mountains. “I love life today,” she wrote.

Under “Smoke / Drink,” the profile read: “No / No.”

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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19Nov/12Off

Drugged Driving On The Rise

California has recently earned another dubious distinction. Apparently, more motorists are driving while under the influence of drugs instead of alcohol.

California officials are warning against “drugged driving” after a statewide survey found drugs that can affect driving in one of every seven weekend nighttime motorists — nearly twice the number of those with alcohol in their system.

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Marijuana small (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The survey results, announced Monday by the California Office of Traffic Safety, found that 14 percent of drivers surveyed tested positive for driving under the influence of impairing drugs — both illegal and prescription — while 7.3 percent of drivers tested positive for driving with alcohol in their system.

The impaired driving survey included more than 1,300 drivers who voluntarily provided breath and/or saliva samples at roadside locations set up in nine California cities between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

Samples were tested for alcohol, THC, major illegal drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications that may adversely affect driving.

Of the drugs found in the system of surveyed drivers, marijuana was most prevalent, with 7.4 percent of drivers having it in their system.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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27Aug/12Off

Never Drive Drunk In Costa Mesa

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is wrong. Period. No one should ever drink and drive because it could lead to fatal car accidents.

A man who made a 911 call accusing Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer of driving drunk is believed to be a former Riverside police officer.

English: California State Route 55, close to t...

English: California State Route 55, close to the interchange with the Interstate 405 in Costa Mesa, California. Deutsch: Die California State Route 55 nahe der Kreuzung mit der Interstate 405 in Costa Mesa, Kalifornien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The caller identified himself to a police dispatcher as Chris Lanzillo, according to a tape of the call obtained Friday by the Daily Pilot using a state public records request.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation confirmed that Lanzillo is a former police officer who’s now a private investigator.

Righeimer — who was given a brief sobriety test outside his Mesa Verde home Wednesday night and was found to be sober — tied the incident to comments he made during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. At the meeting, Righeimer criticized police unions for using an Upland law firm, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir. On the firm’s website is a playbook-style outline of election-year tactics that officers can use against politicians.

Lanzillo’s name appeared on the firm’s website as “staff,” but his name was recently removed, according to cached Internet records.

“Are you kidding me? The playbook guys?” Righeimer said of the firm. “I knew I wasn’t crazy. I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!”

Dieter Dammeier sent the Daily Pilot an email Friday night confirming Lanzillo worked as an investigator with his firm but that the firm had no ties to the phone call about Righeimer.

“As to your question on Lanzillo, he is one of many PIs we have used,” he wrote. “He runs his own PI firm and works for various firms and entities. I assure you, he was not employed or authorized to surveil (or do anything else to) Mr. Righeimer by this firm.”

Costa Mesa Police Association President Jason Chamness said in an email before Lanzillo was identified that his association cut ties with Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir later last week because the association was working toward a less-aggressive approach to its negotiations with the city.

“Public trust must be first and foremost between the police and the community we serve,” Chamness said. “We have no intentions of allowing the police association’s relationship with the public to erode.”

Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir represents several police associations, including the Newport Beach Police Management Association.

Righeimer said he placed blame for the phone call with organized labor as an institution, not with Costa Mesa’s rank-and-file police officers.

“The officer was very professional here,” he said. “He’d just got the call. He went. If it was guys in our department trying to set me up out there, they would’ve done it differently, I think.”

If a loved one was the victim of a wrongful death that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

16Aug/12Off

Joe Simpson Charged with Two DUI Counts

This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy)...

This image shows a white wine glass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The father of two celebrity ladies is being charged on two accounts of driving under the influence. Joe Simpson, the music producer of both Jessica and Ashlee Simpson will be held on trial on August 30 after being caught of breaking the law two times.

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense and can lead to serious personal injury. The laws are very strict about drunk driving in order to decrease the number of wrongful deaths and personal injuries that result from drivers who are intoxicated. It looks like the father of two famous pop stars did not get the memo on his first DUI.

Joe Simpson was charged with two misdemeanor counts this week for his arrest on suspicion of a DUI from earlier this month. When he was pulled over earlier this month, the father and music producer had a blood-alcohol level that was over the state’s drinking limit. He was arrested for that reason. And just recently, Joe Simpson was pulled over yet again.

This time, it was for the same intoxicated reason yet Simpson claims that he was not aware that he drank a little too much. With just a few cups of wine for dinner at a restaurant, the music producer thought he was still able to drive. In fact, when an officer pulled him over, he agreed to take a voluntary breathalyzer test. It was after the test which showed that his blood-alcohol level was above .08% that he realized he had one too many glasses of wine with his dinner.

Singers and sisters Jessica Simpson (left) and...

Singers and sisters Jessica Simpson (left) and Ashlee Simpson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe after this latest misdemeanor charge, Simpson will learn to no longer drink—however many glasses of wine he claims—and drive. It was very lucky that he did not crash his car into anybody else and did not inflict any bodily harm to other drivers and passengers.

When he was arrested on August 4, Simpson was caught during a DUI checkpoint in Sherman Oaks. The checkpoint was his first real run-in with the law. However, even though it may have been his first time, it will prove to be costly.

Joe Simpson will hear the result of his misdemeanor charges when he shows up to court on August 30. He can be put in jail from anywhere between three to six months along with a 36 month probation and a $1,000 fine. It will be up to the judge to decide what the consequences should be.

Driving while intoxicated is serious. The accidents and personal injury a drunk driver can cause is sometimes irreversible. Lives can be lost. If you have been victim to a car accident because of someone else’s negligent driving, contact a Los Angles personal injury lawyer today.

10Aug/12Off

24 Accidents in One Month on an 11-Mile Highway Stretch

SR 99 construction bypass and ramp looking south

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An 11-mile stretch of a road has been the cause 24 car accidents in one month alone. In the month of July of this year, the Emigrant Gap construction zone of Interstate 80 has been the location of various personal injuries and even one fatality. California High Patrol and construction workers are encouraging drivers to be safe and to obey the speed limits of the road.

The 11-mile area of interstate 80 is being carefully watched by highway officers in order to prevent any car accidents. However, officers are not able to monitor the road at all times. During these times, negligent drivers zoom through this stretch without thinking about the possible consequences their driving may cause. For example, just in the last ten days alone, there have been five car crashes in this construction zone. Two of which were truck drivers who had fallen asleep on the wheel. Both trucks had crashed and overturned. One was a result of a tire blowing out.

Another dangerous incident which has recently occurred was a driver going 81 mph in the construction zone on Thursday morning at 6:20 a.m. Not only was he speeding, he was also driving under the influence with a suspended license. To make the matters even worse, he had driven into a coned off lane and almost hit a Caltrans employee. When the driver was caught, he was arrested with a DUI charge.

This type of situation is the most dreaded kind. Not only could the driver have injured himself, he could have injured—even killed—innocent construction workers. It was very fortunate that he did not strike another vehicle or run into a group of workers.

Just 11 feet wide, the Emigrant Gap construction zone has lanes which are a foot narrower than regular lanes. Other drivers may not be used to this compacted space and are probably not used to driving in construction zones. These situations add on to the difficulty of driving on the stretch of road. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph because of the construction zone, down from the regular 65 mph. Yet, many drivers do not pay attention to these safety precautions imposed on the highway.

While some drivers may obey the road restrictions and chose to drive carefully, other drivers are aggressive. These drivers may tailgate other automobiles, bullying and pressuring them to go faster. Aggressive driving causes car accidents and personal injury. Highway patrol is encouraging all travelers to be precautious and to not pressure other drivers to drive quickly through aggressive behavior.

Construction workers are also weary of fast cars and are asking motorists to please slow down for the cone zone. They remind drivers that they are human too and can easily be victim to automobile accidents, just like passengers in other cars.

If you have been involved in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer who can help you with your case.

9Aug/12Off

High School Coach Facing Four Felonies

Bikes, Nicole, Xena

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One high school basketball coach, who was involved in a deadly DUI accident, is back in court again. Loren LeBeau, a basketball coach in a Fresno high school, had been drinking and driving on July 25 when he slammed his car into a family. The car accident resulted in a wrongful death of the family’s young boy along with serious personal injury on two other family members.

Loren LeBeau,42, was present in court on Thursday, August 9 with his attorney. He came in wearing an ankle bracelet which makes sure people are notified if LeBeau drinks any alcoholic beverages. His hearing took place Thursday morning because it was delayed when his attorney complained about how the charges were filed. There are currently four felonies being charged against the high school coach.

On July 25th, LeBeau was found with a 0.11% blood alcohol level after causing serious personal injury to his victims. He had been driving under the influence. In addition, the felon had left the scene of the accident where death and permanent injury had been caused.

The family whom LeBeau had slammed into had lost their seven-year old son, Donovan Maldonado. The Maldonado family had been riding their bikes on a trail near Shepherd and Milbrook when the incident occurred. The people injured in the automobile and bike accident include Donovan’s father and little sister.

LeBeau’s lawyer is questioning whether the charges against him were filed properly. However, prosecutors are telling the court that the basketball coach is a public risk for drinking and driving. During his court trial, the judge ordered the coach to surrender his driver’s license. He was also ordered to not drink any alcohol and to wear an ankle monitor that will measure his alcohol intake. The ankle monitor will notify authorities if the coach partakes in any alcohol drinking.

The lawyer of LeBeau, Jess Hammerschmidt, is claiming that his client is facing public scrutiny which is causing him some pain and suffering. His lawyer is stating that his client is currently in a state of shock and very upset. He also adds that LeBeau feels horrible for what he has done and is extremely devastated.

After being arrest, LeBeau was set free on a $256,000 bail. After Thursday’s hearing, the man’s bail was increased to more than $1 million bail.

LeBeau is on paid administrative leave from Central High School, where he was the varsity boys basketball coach.

If convicted, the school administrator could be facing up to 14 years in prison. He will be back in court next week. He is being charged with gross vehicle manslaughter amongst other things.

Drinking and driving is a very serious offense since it can cause some serious personal injury and even wrongful death. If you have been a victim to personal injury or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, contact a Fresno car accident lawyer to see which next steps you should take.

7Aug/12Off

Amanda Bynes Allegedly Involved in Another Hit-and-Run

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Backstage at The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week. February 13, 2009 at Bryant Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another famous Hollywood starlet has been involved in a vehicle fender bender. Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes is being accused of a hit-and-run car accident that happened on Monday, August 6. This accusation follows a string of car-related incidents, including a DUI charge, which the 26-year old actress has been involved in.

On Monday, Bynes was reportedly driving her black BMW when she accidentally hit a Toyota Corolla in Los Angeles. The driver, who only wants to be identified as Kisa, claims that she and Bynes had a brief conversation where Bynes refused to give insurance information and then drove off. Because there had been no obvious damage to either cars, the Hollywood actress did not want to exchange details with the Toyota driver. Kisa has filed a complaint with the police about the accident.

During their conversation, Kisa said that the Bynes looked nervous when the topic of exchanging information came up. That was when the actress tried to convince Kisa that her Toyota was not damaged and even tried pushing the woman’s rear bumper back into the car. Her own BMW had some significant damage but Bynes still tried to persuade the woman that an exchange of information was unnecessary. When no information seemed to come from Bynes, Kisa called the police who then took a hit-and-run report. Bynes hopped into her car and drove away before the cops could arrive.

If Kisa’s claim and accusation is true, it would make sense why the Hairspray actress did not want to exchange information and insurance details. Bynes had been arrested in April for driving under the influence. At 3 a.m. on an early April morning, Bynes struck a police car. She had pleaded not guilty on the incident, even tweeting to President Obama for an appeal. In the following months, Bynes also had an alleged hit-and-run accident that occurred in May. The young actress can’t seem to catch a break.

After every allegation fired at her, Bynes has claimed that it was all gossip that was triggered by her fame. In one tweet, Bynes wrote: “I can’t help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs. I don’t drink so the DUI is false.”

Currently, all the tweets from Amanda Bynes’ Twitter have been deleted. This odd state of the actress’ Twitter brings about questions of why she felt it necessary to destroy and remove any messages she has put out. However, it does make sense why Bynes would like to lie low from social media for awhile.

Getting into a car accident also brings out many hassles of filing insurance reports, getting into contact with other parties involved, and getting a police report. The personal injury that results from a car collision can also be tremendous. If you have ever been involved in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact an Los Angeles personal injury attorney today.

27Jul/12Off

Rapper Krayzie Bone Arrested for DUI

Krayzie Bone

Cover of Krayzie Bone

We have seen all the ads telling drivers not to drink and drive. We have heard multiple times from different sources and speakers about the dangers of drinking and driving. We all know about the heavy repercussions of driving while intoxicated. As drivers, many of us have been exposed to information about the hazards of intoxicated driving. Many of us frown upon it. Yet, with all the consequences and legal penalties tied with DUIs, there are still a handful few who think they are above the law.

On Friday, July 27, Rapper Krayzie Bone was arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles near the 101 Freeway. The Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper was caught by police officers around 12:30 a.m. There was a routine traffic stop and cops pulled over the rapper when they suspected that he had been drinking. The sobriety tests performed on Bone proved that he indeed had been drinking and was not being a responsible driver.

When asked to take a breathalyzer, Bone blew a .10 when the legal limit in California was .08. Obviously Bone had been drinking too much and did not assign a designated driver beforehand. If Bone had not been stopped and caught by policemen, he could have done great personal injury to other drivers. Many DUI cases involve crashing into other vehicles and creating accidents that can even include wrongful death. Krayzie Bone was actually lucky that cops caught him before he endangered anybody else’s life.

After the breathalyzer test, the male singer was arrested and booked at a close by jail. Law enforcements said that Bone was cooperative and did not prove to be a problem with authorities. He was held on $5,000 bail according to the sheriff’s department.

Bone, whose real name is actually Anthony Henderson, was released later from jail on the same day. When he left the prison, he told some nearby reporters that this was the first time this has happened to him. He claims that he had learned his lesson and was heading home. From his perspective, Bone has stated that he was heading home late and just “got into a little trouble with the law.” A little trouble may be an understatement when it comes to being a DUI suspect.

Krayzie Bone split from the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in April of 2011. He announced his split over a video that he made. The last album that the group did together was in 2010 entitled Uni5: The World’s Enemy. He is a Grammy-award winner when he had been part of the rap group.

Drinking and driving has caused many drivers and passengers to become victim to personal injury. Those who have been involved in a DUI car collision should contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney to help them file a case.