A 19-year-old man was taken into custody after he caused a southern California freeway accident that injured four people with the semi-truck trailer he allegedly stole. When police questioned the teen about the cause of the commercial-vehicle accident, he told them he was trying elude zombies. A commercial truck driver allowed the teen to hitch a ride after the young man was rendered homeless. When they stopped at an inspection site, the driver stepped out of the vehicle. However, the suspect took off in the 18-wheeler, which was full of strawberries, hitting several vehicles shortly thereafter.
A 20-year-old woman faces accusations of manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages after one teen died and four others were injured in a wreck in California on April 7. One person allegedly observed the driver toss beer cans out the window just before the car accident. Authorities are investigating the possibility of racing as a contributing factor of the accident. They say that the woman was driving on North San Antonio Avenue but lost control of her 1995 sedan. Her vehicle hit several parked cars and then flipped over. A 19-year-old woman died at the scene. The driver and her three passengers were taken to medical facilities for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Figueroa Corridor project plans to spend $20 million to transform roads in downtown L.A. into safe passageways for walkers, cyclist and public transportation. The changes will be similar to those made in other California city centers, such as Long Beach and San Francisco, in order to accommodate increased traffic and balance the needs of all who use the area. One of the goals is to decrease the number of auto-pedestrian accidents. The project will feature new foliage, upscale crosswalks, artwork, seating areas, widened sidewalks and upgraded bus areas. A new bike path will ease the transition of riders across intersections and into South L.A. or to public transportation. The improved bike routes will feature "cycle tracks" right next to sidewalks with parking spaces that act as a buffer between the cyclists and traffic.
On Oct. 22, 2012, a car veered and hit a 49-year-old man as he rode his bike to work and seriously injured the bicyclist. The motorist took off, leaving the injured man at the scene, who eventually died. His face was so badly damaged from the auto-pedestrian accident that the coroner's officer struggled to reconstruct his features. The family has tried to pull together during this tragedy, but each grieves the loss of a loving family man in their own way. One of the challenges they all face is the hopelessness of the police ever catching the driver who caused the accident. With little information on the vehicle that hit the man, California police have few leads to follow.