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30Jul/12Off

Woman Killed After Falling Out of Party Bus

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One party turned fatal for one person this weekend. On Friday, July 27, one lady fell out of a party bus only to be crushed on the highway. Friends and family must be mourning this unfortunate accident, trying to figure out why this wrongful death accident had to occur.

While coming back from a country music concert in Mountain View, Natasha Noland got into a drunken argument with another passenger. She was highly intoxicated and then opened a door while the bus was still in motion on the highway. When Noland opened the door, both women who had been fighting fell out of the moving bus and onto the highway between Lark Avenue and Highway 9 in Los Gatos. It was around 11:50 p.m. when this incident occurred. The bus was heading back to Santa Cruz from a Brad Paisley concert.

Upon falling out of the party bus, Noland was run over and killed by the vehicle. The other woman who had fallen, a 20-year old from Felton, was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for moderate personal injury. Her name has not been released. She was found with road rash all over her body and did not suffer from any internal injuries.

After the accident, 12 out of the 15 passengers fled the scene. Two of them were arrested for public intoxication. Many of the passengers were drunk and uncooperative. Witnesses who saw the incident unfold told reporters that the whole scene looked chaotic as passengers tried to run away, some hiding in bushes. It was pitch black when the accident happened with not many cars around.

One family who was traveling on the highway said they pulled over when they saw the two ladies fall out of the car. The husband ran to help Noland and the male who was with her. The male claimed to be Noland’s boyfriend. As the husband helped the two people, the wife ran over with blankets to the other woman who had fallen out of the car. Their daughter called 911.

The driver of the party bus has not been charged for the incident though the event is still under investigation. The name of the driver has not been release. None of the passengers have been charged either since everything is under investigation.

Natasha Noland is the daughter of the owners, Todd and Sue Noland, of a popular Pacific Wave Surf Shop located in Santa Cruz. She worked as a women’s buyer at the Pacific Avenue store. Coworkers described the victim as fun and lively. She was a Santa Cruz High School graduate.

Accidents like these are always mind-boggling. While no one was drinking and driving, an unfortunate accident still unfolded, claiming the life of one of the passengers. If you have ever been injured in a car accident, contact a San Francisco personal injury lawyer to file a claim.

27Jul/12Off

Rapper Krayzie Bone Arrested for DUI

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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.

26Jul/12Off

Shooting Leads to Car Crash, One Dead

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English: Police investigating a car accident in Markham, ON. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A shooting and a single car crash occurred on Tuesday evening, July 24. It was a single car accident that involved an SUV. When police officers arrived, they found gunshot wounded victims inside the car, one was dead and two were injured. It is believed that the accident was sparked by a drive by.

The accident happened near Ivanhoe on Road 156 and Avenue 362. It is unclear yet on how and why the accident happened. Investigators are releasing very little information about the incident until they have a better understanding of what transpired between the SUV and another passing car. They have not told the public on who was driving the car and whether the survivors are cooperating with the police or not. Policemen are trying to assess whether shooting was gang-related activity.

Eighteen year old Cruz Medina died on the scene. Investigators are also trying to figure out whether he died because of the shooting or because of the impact of the accident. The two other people who were injured included a 19-year old male and a 26-year old adult male. The 19-year old is said to have suffered from minor injuries because of the crash. He was released from the hospital after he was checked and looked after. The 26-year old suffered a gunshot wound but it was not life threatening. He stayed at the hospital a while longer while doctors addressed his wounds and helped him recover.

From the looks of the accident, there is a strong possibility that gang members and gang activity played a part in this fiasco. Officials have a violent crimes unit investigating the incident to determine what could have caused the shooting.

The fear in these men when the shooting started must have been immense. Driving a SUV down a dark street during night time only to have another car pass by and shoot bullets will, of course, take the driver and passengers by surprise. The swerving and crash that resulted from the shooting is only expected. It is just saddening that anyone would wish to inflict personal injury to somebody else.

The family of the victim is probably agonizing over the wrongful death of their loved one. Losing a relative in a wrongful death accident is hard and sometimes incomprehensible. Questions of “Why would someone do this?” and “How could this happen?” spring up. It is never fair or right when a human being takes the life of another human being.

If you have lost someone in a wrongful death accident, do not hesitate to call a Riverside personal injury attorney to file a claim. It is in your right to stand up for justice and to make sure the guilty party pays for their wrong-doings.

25Jul/12Off

Two Drunk Drivers Crash into Construction Crew, Killing Two Men

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Two drunk drivers collided with each other then crashed into a construction crew on the northbound 405 Freeway on Sunday, July 22. Because two negligent drivers decided to take control of the wheel though they were intoxicated, two wrongful death accidents resulted. Now, families of the two victims must cope with their lost relatives and find sense during this inexplicable mess.

Two road workers were killed when the vehicles collided into their construction site. Ramon Lopez, 56, and Ricardo Zamora, 58, were identified in the coroner’s office as two victims in this horrible accident. A third worker was also part of the accident. He was rushed to Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center and treated for moderate injuries.

Yocio Jonathan Gomez, 23, was driving a blue Ford Explorer when he rear ended Stephen Christopher Caserta, 43, who was driving a black SUV Lexus RX-350. Apparently, Caserta was slowing down when he saw the construction zone but Gomez kept going and accidentally rear-ended Caserta. This caused the Lexus to lose control and spin into the construction zone, striking the workers. Gomez’s car had overturned after the collision. The crash happened in the middle of the night at about 3:35 a.m.

The paramedics immediately arrived on the scene to help both drivers. At the hospital, both Gomez and Caserta were arrested on suspicion that that were driving under the influence. Medical statuses of the two drivers have not been released yet. However, the two men will be charged with DUIs and have a possible charge of involuntary manslaughter because of the deaths of two construction workers.

The 405 north remained closed until 2 p.m. at the South Bay Curve. An investigation team were surveying the wrecks and looking over the scene to verify the facts of the incident. There were only two lanes open on the 405 near the Artesia Boulevard off ramp as a result of the accident. Traffic was backed up for hours.

Ramon Lopez’s daughter, Maureen Lopez, spoke up about her father’s wrongful death accident. She spoke of her father’s great characteristics and how he was always taking care of his family. The words of Lopez’s daughter should remind drivers out on the road to be responsible and careful. Driving while intoxicated is against the law and very irresponsible. Because of the action of two negligent men, the lives of two male workers were taken. Families are grieving for the loss of their loved ones. There was no reason for anyone to be killed that day.

If you have lost a relative to a wrongful death accident, contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney to file a claim. Do not let the negligent party get away with their crime. Hire a lawyer and fight for justice.

24Jul/12Off

Politician’s Wife Involved in Car Accident

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Stopping at red lights and at stop signs is the careful and responsible action to take when driving; not to mention that it is also the law. Yet, there are a few negligent drivers who do not always follow the rules of the road. When this happens, a careless driver may cause serious personal injury to another driver, sometimes the accident may even result in a wrongful death. In a fairly recent accident involving the wife of a politician, it was the negligent driver who had to suffer the consequences of his own irresponsible driving.

A political candidate’s wife has recently been involved in a fatal car accident on Monday, July 22. The collision happened in Santa Maria when a driver in a Honda ran a stop sign and hit a 2008 Cadillac Escalade. It was around 4:10 p.m. when the crash happened. The driver of the Honda died on the scene and the two passengers in the Cadillac received minor injuries.

The wife of former California Lieutenant Governor and current GOP congressional candidate Abel Maldonado, Laura Maldonado, was driving east of Santa Maria. She was driving across the intersection when a 30-year old man in a 1985 Honda Accord sped through a stop sign and rammed into the Cadillac Escalade.  The Honda driver was heading north on Dominian Road in the Santa Barbra County. Laura Maldonado was heading east, coming out of Foxon Canyon, at about 55 miles per hour. It was in the intersection that the two automobiles collided.

Laura Maldonado had her teenage son with her inside the Cadillac. She and her son were released from the hospital on Monday night after being examined and determined that they had only suffered minor personal injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not as lucky. Sadly, the male driver died from the impact of the crash. California Highway Patrol officers are still determining whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the car collision. The Honda driver’s information has not been released until his family is notified of his death.

The congressional candidate, Abel Maldonado, tweeted about the status of his wife and son on Monday. He wrote on his Twitter account that his wife, Laura, and his son were in a car accident. He expressed his family’s condolences and sympathies to the family with their lost loved one. He also added that his family’s thoughts and prayers go with the family and close friends of the driver.

It is a sad and terrible accident that occurred on Sunday. It is also saddening that one of the individuals involved in the accident had died on the scene. While Maldonado and her son were lucky to only suffer minor injuries, another family was not as lucky. This type of accident can remind us all to be safe drivers and to follow all the road regulations and rules.

If you have been involved in a car accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer today to learn about the next steps you should take.

24Jul/12Off

Police Shootings Spark Outrage

Police shootings have increased in Anaheim and residents are outraged. The city has had five fatal police shootings this year. Two officers have been placed on administrative leave, and the mayor has asked for an independent investigation.

A recent uptick in officer-involved shootings in Anaheim has prompted outrage from residents concerned about police conduct.

Anaheim map in Orange County

Anaheim map in Orange County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest — which resulted in the death of a man Sunday night — was the city’s fifth fatal police shooting this year. Last year, there were four officer-involved shootings, compared with six so far this year.

The man killed Sunday was identified as Joel Mathew Acevedo, 21, of Anaheim. Authorities say the shooting occurred after police in an unmarked car tried to pull over a vehicle and a chase ensued. The driver lost control and crashed. Two men and a woman fled on foot and Acevedo fired at officers, who returned fire and killed him.

That shooting came the same weekend that Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, was shot to death by an officer in an East Anaheim neighborhood. Authorities said Diaz was shot Saturday in the 700 block of North Anna Drive after running from police, but they did not reveal what led to the shooting. The incident prompted protests from residents, who threw bottles and rocks at police.

Two officers have been placed on administrative leave, and Mayor Tom Tait on Monday asked for an independent probe by the state attorney general and the U.S. attorney’s office.

Still, tensions remained high in Diaz’s neighborhood. Many are critical of officers’ conduct right after the shooting, when police used pepper balls to disperse an angry crowd of about 100. In addition, a police dog was accidentally released into the group.

A makeshift memorial marks the site where Diaz was shot, with dozens of candles, flowers and signs — most of which are critical of police.

Teresa Maldonado sat on the back of a truck where her mother was selling snacks. She said everyone in the neighborhood knew Diaz as “Stomper.” He liked to play with her 1-year-old brother.

Ricardo Hurtado, 21, said the gunshots prompted him to come outside his home Saturday. He said he saw Diaz handcuffed on the ground, his hands still shaking.

A video of the moments after the shooting was posted on the OC Weekly’s website. Tensions continued to run high throughout the weekend, with residents setting fire to dumpsters Sunday evening as well.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said his department was “very concerned” about the increase in fatal officer-involved shootings and the outrage that has surrounded the two most recent ones. But, he added, “I’m not going to let people continue to escalate this violence to the point where the general public is going to be threatened.”

Welter urged the public to let the investigative process “run its course.”

In addition to the city’s probe, the Orange County district attorney’s office will investigate the shootings along with the Office of Independent Review.

Welter said both men shot over the weekend were “documented gang members,” but the incidents aren’t believed to be related.

Joanne Sosa, a community activist with the Take Back Anaheim initiative, said she is planning a rally Tuesday at Anaheim City Hall.

Seferino Garcia, executive director of Solevar, an Anaheim community group, said the recent unrest reflects long-standing tensions in the city.

If a loved one was the victim of a wrongful death caused by negligence, 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.

23Jul/12Off

Two University Neurosurgeons Banned From Medical Research

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Seal of the University of California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two doctors have been banned from doing any medical research. The University of California, Davis neurosurgeons were accused of experimenting on dying patients who had brain cancer without any permission from the university. This medical malpractice which the two university doctors have been involved in can do great damage to their reputation.

The two banned doctors are Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar, chairman of the UC Davis’ department of neurological surgery, and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot, an assistant professor and neurosurgeon. With very prominent standings and reputations, the two surgeons committed horrible acts of medical malpractice, some of which could have lead to wrongful deaths.

The university has stated and told federal government that the duo had acted in “serious and continuing noncompliance” to federal regulations. There are documents which show evidence of the doctors obtaining the consent of three terminally ill patients and performing tests on them to test some theories they had. While the patients had open head wounds, Muizelaar and Schrot introduced bacteria into the wound thinking that the new bacteria might prolong their lives. Two out of the three terminally ill patients developed sepsis and died.

After receiving word of the practices Muizelaar had been performing, the school had commanded the surgeon to immediately stop and discontinue his research that involved human subjects. This warning was given to Muizelaar last fall.

Muizelaar and Schrot violated regulations by experimenting with drugs or devices. This violation can cause a “for-cause audit” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has yet to notify the university of what actions they will take to reprimand the two surgeons. Other actions the FDA may choose to carry out is issuing a warning letter to disqualify the two men from any further clinical studies.

Dr. Muizelaar was School of Medicine department chairman for UC Davis since 1997. Dr. Schrot was hired by Muizelaar and has worked under the doctor for the last 13 years.

Muizelaar has stated that he and Schrot believed that the FDA had given them permission to perform their research early on since they had thought to have been given a go-ahead signal to carry out their research had they thought it to be “beneficial to the patients.” He believes the ban on research he and his colleague are receiving is an overreaction by the university.

University of California, Davis has a high ranking in terms of medical school. The University is the 36th in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding for medical research. The school received more than $130 million in 2011. Clearly, the school has a good reputation in helping with research in the medical world and advancing the findings of medicine. Sadly, one man such as Dr. Muizelaar and his colleague Dr. Schrot can damage the status of a highly acknowledge medical school. Conducting medical research or experiments on live human beings can be considered as medical malpractice if not allowed by government regulations.

If you have been victim to a medical malpractice, contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer today to fight against the injustice done to you.

23Jul/12Off

Death On The Freeway

Interstate 110 and State Route 110 (California)

Interstate 110 and State Route 110 (California) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freeways are the arteries of major metropolitan areas. They connect America’s commuters and roadways. Unfortunately, freeways are also extremely dangerous. Many people die in car accidents that are mostly caused by negligence.

Two construction workers were killed on the 405 Freeway in Torrance early Sunday when vehicles driven by two suspected drunk drivers collided, sending an SUV spinning into a group of freeway workers.

The vehicles were traveling along a marked construction zone on the northbound side of the freeway near Artesia Boulevard when the driver of the first vehicle, a Ford Explorer, hit a Lexus SUV about 3:35 a.m. The Lexus spun and hit the workers, who were in the far right lane of the freeway.

The two construction workers were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as 56-year-old Ramon Lopez, of Chino Hills, and 58-year-old Ricardo Zamora, of Winchester, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

A third construction worker was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as “minor to moderate,” authorities said.

The men were employed by contractors for the California Department of Transportation, Conley said.

The driver of the Explorer, identified as 23-year-old Yocio Gomez, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The driver of the Lexus, identified as Stephen Caserta, 43, was arrested later Sunday morning on the same charge.

The incident occurred along a mile-and-a-half stretch of freeway partially closed for construction. The vehicles were traveling in the lane closest to the carpool lane, which were the only two lanes open at the time.

The section of freeway between Crenshaw and Artesia boulevards was shut down for several hours, causing major delays.

If you notice construction on the freeways, be sure to slow down or adjust your speed accordingly. More importantly, don’t drink and drive.

If you or someone you love were the victim of a car accident or the victim of some other type of negligence, 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.

20Jul/12Off

Theater Tragedy In Colorado

The staff at the Accident Attorneys’ Group is deeply devastated by the indescribable tragedy that transpired in Aurora, Colorado today. This morning, a depraved craven forever silenced the lives of 12 innocent people. Several more were wounded and will probably bear the scars of today’s massacre for the remainder of their days. Our thoughts go out to all the victims and survivors of this senseless act of violence. Now is the time for all Americans to cast aside their differences and band together for the common good of this country. We hope that the perpetrator responsible for this evil crime against humanity is quickly brought to justice and punished accordingly.

19Jul/12Off

Two Injured and Four Dogs Dead in Hit and Run Accident

1985-1988 Nissan Maxima photographed in USA.

1985-1988 Nissan Maxima photographed in USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two victims of a hit and run accident have been seriously injured when a car hit them on Monday, July 16 in Carmichael. The couple had sustained serious personal injury. Sadly, four dogs were with them and none of which survived the hit.

Gemily West, 23, and her boyfriend Harrison Randall, 21, had gone for a late night jog with West’s four dogs. Sometime after 10 p.m., the couple decided to head back to their car. As they were crossing with their dogs across Garfield Avenue at Engle Road, a driver in a car came at them. The two pedestrians believed that the car was going to turn left and away from them so they continued to cross the street. Instead, the vehicle continued straight at a high rate of speed, hitting the couple and killing the four dogs.

The vehicle is believed to be either a 1986 or 1987 light brown Nissan Maxima or Stanza sedan. The automobile had sped right through a stop sign without even slowing down and knocked the sign over. Then, the driver hit Randall, West, and all four Australian cattle dogs with them.

As a result, all four dogs died on the scene. Randall’s leg was severed from the impact of the hit and West suffered from a broken leg.

One witness to the incident, Corrina Aggee, told reporters that she had seen the whole incident. She said that after the car hit the couple and their dogs, she looked across the street and saw Randall’s leg. She then vomited before running over to the victim with a pillow. She said that Randall actually looked at her and told her “I’m going to be okay.”

After the hit, the two victims were immediately taken to a nearby hospital to be treated. Randall had at least three surgeries done. His girlfriend, West, is expected to start rehabilitation work in the hospital on Thursday. It will be a few more days before she is released.

Investigators believe that Randall had suffered greater injuries because he had tried to protect his girlfriend from the impact. West’s brother told officials that her boyfriend, Randall, was a hero for pushing her out of the way. If he had not pushed her, she would have taken the full impact, and she would have died.

The automobile fled the scene at a high speed. Officers believe that either the driver panicked or that the individual fled the scene because he or she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact North Sacramento CHP or the CHP Sacramento Communication Center. The automobile is believed to have moderate damage to the driver’s front side as well as a missing driver’s side rearview mirror. The left side running lights and turn signals will be damaged as well.

If you have been a pedestrian and received personal injury from a careless driver, you are entitled to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Call a Sacramento personal injury lawyer today and don’t let the guilty party get away with this injustice.