Santa Barbara to Face Wrongful Death Suit

by bil | July 27th, 2007

The city of Santa Barbara, California has recently been the subject of a California Supreme Court ruling which states that written, signed waivers do not cover incidents and acts of gross negligence. The ruling is the result of the city of Santa Barbara being charged with gross negligence after a 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl drowned at a local pool during summer camp. The girl’s family filed a California wrongful death lawsuit because the child’s mother signed a liability waiver. The California Supreme Court ruled that these forms of waivers, however, do not shield those responsible in incidences of gross negligence from legal recourse.

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Death of four on South San Jose road stuns friends, neighbors

by bil | July 25th, 2007

Four people were killed in a San Jose, California car accident on Monday night when a teenage driver lost control of his car, swerved across the road, and slammed into two people who were out for an evening stroll. After the car hit and killed the respected physicist and his wife, it slammed into a tree and exploded, killing the driver and passenger.

Much is unknown about the cause of this senseless California auto accident, and leaves the family and friends of the deceased asking questions they may never find answers to.

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California Department of Health Services releases study of 2006 heat wave fatalities

by bil | July 23rd, 2007

The California Department of Health Services released its 2006 analysis of California deaths relating to the heat wave that afflicted a large part of California between July 15th and August 1st of last year.

The heat wave was responsible for 140 fatalities, and included deaths in Imperial County, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Fresno, Kern, Sacramento, and San Bernardino, California.

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke and can occur when people aren’t properly hydrated or are dressed in warm clothing. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and fever are symptoms to watch for.

Motorcycle Accident Kills Off-Duty Officer

by bil | July 19th, 2007

An off-duty Oakland police officer died in a fatal California motorcycle accident over the weekend. He was identified as Stanley Mock, 38.

It appears the motorcycle accident was the result of poor traction on the road, as the police officer’s motorcycle slid off the road and slammed into a tree.

Unfortunately, fatal California motorcycle accidents are not a rarity, and can happen even to experienced riders exercising caution.

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California Water Park Drowning

by bil | July 13th, 2007

A four year old boy drowned yesterday in a newly-opened addition to a popular Santa Clara, California water park. The wave pool known as the “Great Barrier Reef” is about half the size of a football field and had only been open about two months before the drowning occurred.

The victim was in the pool with his mother and sister, with four lifeguards posted at the side of the pool, in addition to two other lifeguards on duty in the pool with them.

This is the fifth fatal drowning at the California water park since it opened in 1976.

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Driver arrested for DUI, not blamed for fatal car crash

by bil | July 11th, 2007

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the same stretch of California highway that turned lethal in a drunken-driving accident two months ago has proven deadly again.

A 23-year old Boulder Creek woman died when she allowed her 1996 Mazda to drift over the double yellow lines as she drove southbound on California Highway 9 just north of Bear Creek Road, the CHP reported. Her vehicle collided head-on at the intersection of Monaco Lane with a 2003 Mitsubishi driven by a 34-year old Gilroy man.

The man was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence, but the preliminary investigation suggests the woman was at fault for the California car accident.

“These things happen from time to time,” said CHP officer Grant Boles regarding the fact that it was the man who was determined to be under the influence. “We’ve had drunk drivers run into each other; it’s just kind of one of those things that, you know, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time”

Though the man appears not to be at fault in the accident, “a lot of our fatal collisions are a result of drunk driving,” said Boles. “That is an issue for us, that there are so many fatal collisions with drunk driving involved”

Car crashes in San Francisco after 2 occupants are shot

by bil | July 9th, 2007

In another example of the inherent dangers facing drivers on San Francisco roadways, the San Francisco Chronicle reported one teenager was killed and another critically injured after shots rang out at a busy Bayview district intersection and the California car accident victims’ vehicle collided head-on with another car.

The victims were shot while inside a blue sedan at the corner of Third Street and LaSalle Avenue around 3 p.m. One or more suspects in a white sedan sped away. The intersection was closed for nearly an hour, with vehicle and streetcar traffic on the new T-Third line backing up in both directions.

Neither the dead man, a 19-year-old San Francisco resident, nor the injured man, a 15-year-old Richmond resident being treated at San Francisco General Hospital, was identified. The motive for the shooting was not known.

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Palo Alto Fire Possibly Arson

by bil | July 2nd, 2007

While the cause of the fire that destroyed a commercial building in Palo Alto last Sunday hasn’t been released, it has been deemed as a possible arson by the local authorities. The fire caused an estimated $2 million to $3 million in damage. There were no California fire and burn injuries reported in association with this fire.

Fireworks put California fire officials on alert

by bil | June 29th, 2007

Dry winter presents potential for Fourth of July catastrophe

As many look forward to the Fourth of July, the Oakland Tribune reports that after a dry winter California fire officials are on alert and are gearing up for what could be a dangerous holiday.

After one of the driest winters in more than 15 years, California police and firefighters have a special message for any amateur pyrotechnics this year: When it comes to light shows, leave it to the pros.

California severely limits which fireworks can be sold. Only those deemed “safe and sane” by the state fire marshal — such as spinners and smoke devices — are allowed. In the Bay Area, only a handful of cities, including San Bruno, Pacifica, Dublin, Newark, Union City, Gilroy and Watsonville, permit either the sale or use of the “safe and sane” variety.

Car trying to dodge California auto accident struck by 18 Wheeler on Interstate 880

by bil | June 27th, 2007

Driver sustained major head injuries

As reported in the Oakland Tribune, a man whose overturned car was struck by a big rig on Interstate 880 could not recall the crash after he was extricated from the vehicle and rushed to hospital Tuesday morning. Authorities continue to investigate the California auto accident.

The man was driving southbound just south of Thornton Avenue about 9:30 a.m. when he swerved, apparently to avoid hitting two vehicles in front of him that had collided, according to a California Highway Patrol Officer. But the swerving caused his car to overturn into the path of a moving big rig, police said. No other injuries were reported. Although the man remained conscious through the rescue effort, he was taken to the trauma center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose to be treated for major head injuries.