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August 2013 Archives

Parents of teen killed by DEA agents in Studio City awarded $3M

The parents of a Los Angeles area teen were awarded $3 million by a U.S. District Court judge in their wrongful death lawsuit involving the shooting of their son. However, the federal judge also determined that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers who killed the teen did not act negligently.

Big rig, multiple vehicles in fiery freeway crash in Pomona

A fiery crash on the 10 Freeway in Pomona on August 19 left one person dead and ten injured. It also left all lanes of the freeway closed in both directions overnight as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames and clean up spilled fuel. Four of the injured people were in critical condition at a local hospital.

Football helmet warnings are tougher, but may not change behavior

As high school and college football players in Orange County and throughout the country start practicing for the upcoming season, the issue of safety is once again at the forefront of many conversations. An increasing cause of concern and litigation has been the incidence of brain injury caused by playing football.

L.A. City Council seeks further Venice Boardwalk safeguards

Just days after a driver plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in Venice, California, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to instruct city officials to come up with safety measures for the iconic beachfront promenade. Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the area, called for barriers at Ocean Front Walk's most hazardous intersections to help protect pedestrians until a permanent solution is developed.

California bicyclist charged with felony vehicular manslaughter

In a historic case, a San Francisco man has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for killing a pedestrian whom he hit with his bicycle. The bicyclist struck a 71-year-old man who was crossing the street in the city's Castro District. The pedestrian died from his injuries several days later. According to San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc?n, this is the first time a bicyclist has been convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter in the United States, but he contends that the charge was warranted due to the facts of the case, and to serve as a warning to other bicyclists.

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