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By Michael AlexanderIndependent | May 9, 2008
The 20-year-old Huntington Beach man whose truck crashed into and killed middle school student Danny Oates last August has been charged with two felonies, authorities said. His father’s gut reaction: “Thank God.” The Orange County district attorney filed charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence against Jeffrey Francis Woods on April 30. Woods is accused of driving with gross negligence while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, authorities said.
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By Michael Alexander | May 14, 2008
The 20-year-old Huntington Beach man whose truck crashed into and killed middle-school student Danny Oates last August has been charged with two felonies, authorities said. Danny’s father’s reaction: “Thank God.” The Orange County district attorney filed charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence against Jeffrey Francis Woods on April 30. Woods is accused of driving with gross negligence while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, authorities said.
NEWS
October 8, 2009
The trial for a Huntington Beach man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy more than two years ago began today with opening arguments. Jeffrey Woods is accused of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury. Fourteen-year-old Danny Oates was riding his bike along Indianapolis Avenue and Everglades Lane when he was hit by Woods’ truck Aug. 29, 2007. Prosecutors say Woods was speeding, driving under the influence of Vicodin and Xanax and texting at the time of the collision.
FEATURES
By CHRIS EPTING | June 4, 2008
“He made me smile when he walked in the room,” his mom says quietly. “He made everything brighter, more wonderful —,” and her voice starts to crack. His dad says his son was “The gentle dinosaur — a big, strong, lovable kid who was a natural leader.” Kristi and Paul Oates are telling me about their son, Danny, the 14-year-old who was killed late last summer while riding his bike to pick up his eighth-grade schedule at Isaac L. Sowers Middle School.
LOCAL
September 24, 2009
The man accused of killing 14-year-old Danny Oates is expected to begin trial Friday — more than two years after the incident. Jeffrey Woods will go in front of a jury at 8:30 a.m. in Room C-41 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Woods is accused of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury. Woods pleaded not guilty to both charges and is out on $100,000 bail. Danny died Aug. 29, 2007, after being hit by a truck police say was driven by Woods at Indianapolis Avenue and Everglades Lane.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | March 12, 2008
The Huntington Beach City School District board of trustees has rejected a claim by the family of slain student Danny Oates. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, sought wrongful death damages for Oates, killed in an August crash while riding his bicycle to Sowers Middle School. Oates’ parents, Paul and Kristi Oates, filed two claims against the city and school district in recent weeks, claiming that a lack of safety features, such as crossing guards, stop signs, lighted crosswalks and other ways to slow traffic, contributed to the death of their son. The claim against the city is still under review, officials said.
NEWS
March 20, 2008
If your 14-year-old son died, run over by a pick-up truck as he biked to school, what would you do? Many would languish in grief. Some would lash out in anger. It’s hard not to imagine lawsuits. And who could blame them? It’s impossible to make any sense out of the death of someone like Danny Oates — or any teenager for that matter. All children are meant to represent the future, opportunity, promise. Not mourning, memories, the finality of death. All too often in these cases, someone sues to make sense of it all, to find a scapegoat, to make someone pay. Not Paul and Kristi Oates.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | August 5, 2009
A new painting of Danny Oates sits on his family’s mantle beside two photographs, a candle and two soccer medals. The painting was given to the family Tuesday by a man they say they don’t even know. The stranger, a friend of a friend, asked the family if it was all right for him to make the picture of Danny. The painting is just one of the ways community members have paid tribute to the Oates’ son. With the two-year anniversary of Danny’s death approaching, the family is trying to heal — but the jury trial of the man accused of hitting Danny with his truck hasn’t even begun.
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NEWS
October 8, 2009
The trial for a Huntington Beach man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy more than two years ago began today with opening arguments. Jeffrey Woods is accused of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury. Fourteen-year-old Danny Oates was riding his bike along Indianapolis Avenue and Everglades Lane when he was hit by Woods’ truck Aug. 29, 2007. Prosecutors say Woods was speeding, driving under the influence of Vicodin and Xanax and texting at the time of the collision.
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LOCAL
September 24, 2009
The man accused of killing 14-year-old Danny Oates is expected to begin trial Friday — more than two years after the incident. Jeffrey Woods will go in front of a jury at 8:30 a.m. in Room C-41 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Woods is accused of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury. Woods pleaded not guilty to both charges and is out on $100,000 bail. Danny died Aug. 29, 2007, after being hit by a truck police say was driven by Woods at Indianapolis Avenue and Everglades Lane.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | August 5, 2009
A new painting of Danny Oates sits on his family’s mantle beside two photographs, a candle and two soccer medals. The painting was given to the family Tuesday by a man they say they don’t even know. The stranger, a friend of a friend, asked the family if it was all right for him to make the picture of Danny. The painting is just one of the ways community members have paid tribute to the Oates’ son. With the two-year anniversary of Danny’s death approaching, the family is trying to heal — but the jury trial of the man accused of hitting Danny with his truck hasn’t even begun.
NEWS
By Candice Baker Independent | December 5, 2008
About 100 friends and family of Danny Oates were in the courtroom today when Jeffrey Woods, 21, pleaded not guilty for vehicular manslaughter in the Aug. 2007 death of the 14-year-old boy. The Santa Ana court made a shortened four-year sentencing offer, Deputy District Attorney Susan Price said, that will be sent to the trial judge. Woods’ attorney, Scott Well, has spent months “shopping” different judges for a shortened sentence, Price said. Price finally sought a grand jury indictment, issued Nov. 10, to bring the case forward after being dismayed by the toll the delays have taken on Oates’ family, she said.
FEATURES
By CHRIS EPTING | June 5, 2008
“He made me smile when he walked in the room,” his mom says quietly. “He made everything brighter, more wonderful —,” and her voice starts to crack. His dad says his son was “The gentle dinosaur — a big, strong, lovable kid who was a natural leader.” Kristi and Paul Oates are telling me about their son, Danny, the 14-year-old who was killed late last summer while riding his bike to pick up his eighth-grade schedule at Isaac L. Sowers Middle School.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | May 14, 2008
The 20-year-old Huntington Beach man whose truck crashed into and killed middle-school student Danny Oates last August has been charged with two felonies, authorities said. Danny’s father’s reaction: “Thank God.” The Orange County district attorney filed charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence against Jeffrey Francis Woods on April 30. Woods is accused of driving with gross negligence while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, authorities said.
LOCAL
By Michael AlexanderIndependent | May 9, 2008
The 20-year-old Huntington Beach man whose truck crashed into and killed middle school student Danny Oates last August has been charged with two felonies, authorities said. His father’s gut reaction: “Thank God.” The Orange County district attorney filed charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence against Jeffrey Francis Woods on April 30. Woods is accused of driving with gross negligence while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, authorities said.
NEWS
March 20, 2008
If your 14-year-old son died, run over by a pick-up truck as he biked to school, what would you do? Many would languish in grief. Some would lash out in anger. It’s hard not to imagine lawsuits. And who could blame them? It’s impossible to make any sense out of the death of someone like Danny Oates — or any teenager for that matter. All children are meant to represent the future, opportunity, promise. Not mourning, memories, the finality of death. All too often in these cases, someone sues to make sense of it all, to find a scapegoat, to make someone pay. Not Paul and Kristi Oates.
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