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Female cyclist killed by drunk driver in California hit and run

The female cyclist struck in a hit-and-run bicycle crash in California has died. She was hit by an SUV while riding along the side of the road on the night of Jan. 16. The allegedly drunk driver who struck her now faces three felonies for his blood alcohol level and for leaving the scene of the accident where he had injured the woman.

The 32-year-old woman was cycling westbound along the Golden State Highway's north curb line that Monday at around 9:30 p.m. when she was struck by an SUV. The suspect reportedly fled the scene, leaving the injured woman where she lay. Witnesses assisted police in tracking the suspect to where he was later located at a nearby gas station.

Settlement for $1 million reached in wrongful death claim

Protecting the border is a difficult job. Almost daily, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel come into contact with individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States. Regardless of the situation, these officers are required to use restraint and proper judgment in their apprehension and detainment of these individuals. Recently, a $1 million lawsuit was settled in a wrongful death claim after an individual attempting to enter the United States along the California border was detained and later died.

Reports indicate that the alleged victim was attempting to enter the United States and was detained by Border Patrol officers. Once his handcuffs were removed, the man began to fight with these officers. A stun gun was used in an attempt to subdue him; however, the victim became unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital. Autopsy results indicate that the man had a heart attack during the struggle with the officers.

Wrongful death claim settled for $1.5 million

We often take just a quick walk down the street, or perhaps a short visit to the neighborhood market. While these actions may appear to be harmless, for some individuals, they will be the last thing that they do. Every day, throughout California and across the nation, individuals lose their lives while performing mundane daily tasks. This loss of life can be the result of a medical condition, an accident or even a wrongful death incident.

Over the past few years, there have been more and more news reports of violence involving police officers. At times, this violence is directed toward the officers. At other times, it is directed toward a member of the general public.

Police in California investigate fatal bike crash

People in California choose to use a bicycle as a form of transportation for a variety of different reasons. In addition to personal health benefits, using bicycles can save money and protect the environment. Unfortunately, bicyclists often face harm from the negligent behavior of others on the roadway. For example, police are currently investigating a bike crash that resulted in a fatality.

Police say that the 31-year-old victim was riding his bicycle on a California road just before 8:30 p.m. Unfortunately, the back of his bike was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old male. The cyclist was reportedly thrown from his bike due to the force of the collision. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Yelchin victim of wrongful death?

Car accidents and product recalls associated with automobiles are regular topics that make California news. Many times, certain makes and models of automobiles are recalled in an effort to prevent accidents from occurring. If an accident were to occur as the result of a defective automobile, it is possible that the car manufacturer and even the car dealership could be held responsible. Recently, actor Anton Yelchin was killed in what his parents claim to be a case of wrongful death .

Several months ago, Yelchin apparently exited his Jeep Grand Cherokee while it was still running. Although the gear shift was in neutral, the Jeep rolled and crushed Yelchin between it and his mailbox. Last spring, this same gear shift was the focus of a product recall involving over 1 million Fiat-Chrysler products. This has caused many, including Yelchin's parents, to infer that this apparently defective part could have been a contributing factor in his death.

Drunk driver charged after 4 people killed and 8 hurt

Wrecks involving vehicles and pedestrians often result in terrible consequences. When a truck goes off a bridge and falls into a crowd, however, the resulting impact can be catastrophic. In a recent tragic accident, an apparently drunk driver in California drove through a guardrail along a bridge and plunged into a crowd below.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon, October 15. A 25-year-old active duty member of the U.S. Navy was driving east on the Sand Diego-Coronado Bridge when his truck fell 60 feet off the freeway into a crowd gathered for a festival at Chicano Park. The truck landed on a booth set up next to a stage where a band was performing. Four people were killed instantly on impact.

Wrongful death claim filed in teen's death

California has statutes in place to protect the public. Whenever a company, land owner or driver fails to adhere to these laws, there is a potential for disaster. Unfortunately, disaster can sometimes come in the form of wrongful death.

Many would agree that 18 years old is too young to lose one's life. However, that is what happened to one young man almost one year ago. Now, his family is suing Amtrak and Union Pacific as well as several others for wrongful death.

Former negligent driver speaks to California students about risks

A woman who has finished serving her sentence for an accident that killed a pedestrian recently spoke to students in California about the dangers of texting and driving. The now ex-convict acknowledged that she was a negligent driver and says her fatal error never ceases to haunt her. The woman lamented that her life will never be the same, all because she looked away from the road to read a text message from her boyfriend while driving.

Students also watched a video presentation. The film recounted the details of another fatal collision caused by distracted driving. A successful athlete was killed. Another person is now unable to walk. Two others suffered injuries from which they would recover, but none of their lives will ever be the same.

California drunk driver arrested in death of 3-year-old boy

A fatal car wreck is tragic in any circumstance, but one that claims the life of a child is especially difficult to cope with. When a drunk driver takes the wheel after imbibing too much alcohol, he or she typically does not consider the devastating consequences that may occur. A recent crash in San Ramon, California demonstrates how horrific drunk driving accidents can be.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the wreck happened on Friday, September 9. At approximately 6:20 p.m., a disabled sedan was parked on the shoulder of northbound Highway 680. The car contained a woman and her three children, ages 1, 3 and 11.

Police car accident results in wrongful death lawsuit

When police respond to urgent calls and need to travel with speed, care is generally taken to ensure the safety of other motorists and pedestrians in their paths. In some cases, however, officers may injure others in their haste to get to the scene of a crime. In a recent California case, a car accident caused by a police vehicle driven by an officer resulted in the death of one man and injuries to several others.

The accident occurred at a local Los Angeles intersection at around 11:05 p.m. Two police officers were in a patrol car and were rushing to respond to a felony spousal assault call. The lawsuit alleges the patrol car lost control as it tried to pass a vehicle on the road. The lawsuit further claims that the patrol car then ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk.

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