January 21, 2010
A Huntington Beach woman died over the weekend outside Telluride, Colo., in what the local sheriff called a freak skiing accident. Mary Scott King, 50, was skiing across a creek with a guide about 11 a.m. Saturday when she fell and got her head stuck between two rocks underwater. The guide was unable to pull her out, and when a crew finally removed her 10 minutes later, she was not breathing, according to San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters. King was pronounced dead at the scene.
January 14, 2010
An 18-year-old Fountain Valley woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence in connection with a traffic accident last month. Danielle Everman, driving a silver Ford Explorer, hit the west curb of Ward Street, south of Talbert Avenue, and over-corrected, causing her to crash into a guardrail on the 405 Freeway overpass about 2 a.m. Dec. 5, according to a preliminary investigation by the Fountain Valley Police Department. No other vehicles were involved in the collision, but Everman’s passenger was severely injured and taken to a trauma center, police said.
December 28, 2009
A third victim in a Huntington Harbour boating crash last summer has filed a claim against the city citing negligence. James Geekie, 37, was riding in a 12-foot, inflatable Zodiac boat during high tide at 1 a.m. June 27. Shawn Wilson, 35, was also riding in the vessel as owner Caleb Steele, 30, drove. The boat crashed into the Gilbert Drive Bridge over Shelter Channel, and Wilson and Steele were knocked out of the boat and died. Geekie was knocked unconscious inside the boat and fractured his skull, according to the claim filed Dec. 22. Geekie is requesting an unknown amount of more than $10,000 for damages.
December 2, 2009
Editor’s Note: This is the first of two columns following up on Christopher Hernandez, the local 17-year-old who was killed in a car accident last summer. “It was 16 weeks ago today,” Chris Hernandez says quietly. He’s referring to the horrific day of his son Christopher’s accident. However, sitting with Chris and his wife, Dawn, the discussion is not sad. Naturally, it’s tinged with sorrow given the weight of the tragedy, but four months on, both parents focus more on the peace they feel, made possible by their rock-solid faith in God. They talk about how the memory and spirit of their son motivates his friends, and they talk about the lessons their late son continues to teach them as they celebrate his life.
November 12, 2009
The death of an 11-year-old junior lifeguard in July was determined to be an accident, and no charges will be filed by the Orange County district attorney. Marine Safety Officer Lt. Greg Crow was driving the boat that struck and killed Allyssa Squirrell during a routine Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards training exercise. During the exercise, called “speed drop,” the Junior Lifeguards jump off a moving rescue boat to practice rescuing distressed swimmers. “It’s a tragic accident and a very sad case, but there will be no criminal charges filed,” said Susan Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.
November 4, 2009
The family of a Huntington Beach man who died in a boating accident has filed a claim against the city, claiming negligence by officials and asking for more than $5 million. Shawn Wilson, 35, died June 27 after crashing into the Gilbert Drive Bridge over Shelter Channel in Huntington Harbor. Wilson was riding on his 12-foot, inflatable Zodiac boat with Caleb Steele, 30, and James Geekie during high tide at 1 a.m. Steele also died in the accident. Wilson’s wife filed a claim in September, and his toddler and newborn filed claims with the city Friday citing negligence for his death because the bridge’s eye beam was not properly illuminated, the family’s attorney, Sarah Serpa, said.
October 29, 2009
The trial of a Huntington Beach man accused of killing a 14-year-old bicyclist is coming to an end, as closing arguments were heard today and the jury is expected to begin deliberation. Jeffrey Woods, 22, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful acts with gross negligence while intoxicated. The charge holds a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. Woods pleaded not guilty in December and has been out on $100,000 bail. Danny Oates was riding his bike along Indianapolis Avenue and Everglades Lane around noon Aug. 29, 2007 with a friend when Woods allegedly swerved across the median onto the wrong side of the road and hit Danny with his Ford 150 pick-up truck.
October 21, 2009
FOR THE RECORD. . A photo caption in the Oct. 15 story ?Making money off JunK? misspelled the name of band member Gish Stiffness. The story also should have listed the band?s website as www.thejunksite.com .. . Taking the stage for Efren Davis is a way to escape ? when he hits the first chord everything goes away ? but this concert will bring him together with a situation that brought him face to face with the realities of how precious life is. Davis is the singer-guitarist for punk rock band JunK and is playing a benefit concert for friend Jay Thomas, who was paralyzed during a surfing accident in Huntington Beach.