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June 11, 2009
Kevin Edwards For Kevin Edwards, the past four years have had their ups and downs. After sustaining a sports-related injury his sophomore season and finally beginning to gain full strength by his senior season, the track-and-field runner sprained his neck and tweaked his lower back in a car accident in mid-March. Edwards, 19, vividly recalls running the 300-meter hurdles at league finals mere weeks after the accident as the most memorable point of high school. Though Edwards didn’t beat his time as he’d hoped, he thought to himself, “This isn’t about the hurdles in this race; this is about all the other hurdles.
By Candice Baker | April 27, 2009
A man died this afternoon when a trench they worked in under an apartment building collapsed. The workers had been doing some waterproofing under the building foundation at 4671 Warner Ave. when the soil-and-concrete trench collapsed about 2 p.m. and the man fell into the hole head first, according to Huntington Beach Deputy Fire Marshall Jeff Lopez. By the time rescue workers reached the man an hour later he had died. The man has not been identified until family is notified.
By Candice Baker | April 22, 2009
A Perris man will be arraigned May 8 on charges of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in Huntington Beach, after being accused by authorities of using an intentional fender bender to take her off the road. When the victim was driving home alone on Yorktown Avenue in her parents’ minivan about 2:40 a.m. June 21, Rasaan Raymon Patton, 28, is accused of intentionally causing a minor car crash to get the victim to pull over. When the victim got out of her car, prosecutors claim Patton forced her out of the sight of traffic and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to flee when her assailant was startled by passing cars, authorities said.
By Candice Baker | April 1, 2009
Police are seeking witnesses of a traffic collision that left two local men in critical condition. The accident occurred about 11:18 a.m. Tuesday at Warner Avenue and Newland Street. Ohannes Yaghjian, 83, of Huntington Beach, and Thomas Jepeway, 56, of Fountain Valley, suffered critical injuries and were hospitalized at UCI Medical Center, police said. Preliminary findings indicate a Honda sedan eastbound collided with a Toyota pickup truck going northbound in the intersection; the vehicles then were propelled into four other vehicles, police said.
March 26, 2009
Authorities are investigating an accident that recently killed a Huntington Beach man in Thousand Oaks. Christopher Smith, 45, was driving a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria southbound on the SR-34 transition road to the northbound 101 Freeway about 10:58 p.m. March 17 when he drove off the transition road and onto the 101 at a perpendicular angle, the Ventura County California Highway Patrol said. The rear of the vehicle hit the asphalt shoulder, but the Crown Victoria continued from north to south along the freeway.
March 19, 2009
Police are still seeking information regarding the death of a Garden Grove man in a recent traffic accident. The 67-year-old was crossing Warner Avenue northbound at Leslie Lane, one-fifth of a mile east of Bolsa Chica Street, about 5:56 a.m. Friday when a white Land Rover driven by Jorge Salazarleon of Huntington Beach struck him, preliminary police investigations indicate. He was taken to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died about half an hour later from his injuries, according to the Orange County coroner?
By Candice Baker | March 4, 2009
Drivers may be a little more cautious in the future, as the city has approved the installation of up to 20 red-light cameras at its most accident-prone intersections. The City Council moved 5-2 to sign an agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. to study up to 20 of the city’s highest priority intersections to determine if they’re viable candidates for red-light cameras. Within four to six weeks, the City Council will review the results of the survey and approve the locations that will receive cameras.
By Candice Baker | February 25, 2009
A year ago, 17-year-old Natalie Buchoz was thrilled to be able to move her arms again. Now her goal is to walk at her high school graduation. The teen suffered partial paralysis after a skiing accident at Bear Mountain late December 2007, and she didn’t go home until Valentine’s Day 2008. The accident left her with two fractured vertebrae, but her shattered spirit didn’t last long: She soon re- instated the “Nattitude” she was famous for, and became a rallying point for the community.
September 10, 2008
An 86-year-old Huntington Beach man is in the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday as he rode his bicycle the wrong way in the bike lane. A 76-year-old man driving a Honda Pilot made a right turn from Gothard Street onto Main Street traffic about 4:15 p.m. and struck the man on the bicycle, officer Dennis Fulton of the Huntington Beach police said. The bicycle rider suffered head injuries and broken bones, and was rushed to UCI Medical Center in Orange.
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