Four people were injured in a collision in Contra Costa County on Jan. 6. Police were not sure what caused the head-on crash that left a portion of Byron Highway closed in both directions for over an hour.
An accident on the southern California coast has taken the life of a 29-year-old woman and sent two people to the hospital. The residents of the area near the accident stated that the spot where it occurred, an intersection in Oceanside, was known to be particularly dangerous. However, witnesses of the wreck said that the truck that caused the multi-vehicle collision was not driving in a safe or appropriate manner.
At about 2 p.m. on Nov. 28, a northbound SUV on Grapefruit Boulevard in Thermal struck a concrete barrier on the left side of the road, struck a construction sign on the right side and then crossed over the double yellow lines to the southbound lane where reportedly it collided head-on with a van near 58th Avenue. Officers believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Troopers with the California Highway Patrol reported that shortly before 2 a.m. on Oct. 27, a two-car collision near Stockton claimed the life of a Lodi man and left three other people injured. Authorities believe a drunk driver caused the crash.
The San Diego Fire and Rescue Department and local police officers were on the scene of an injury accident in the community of City Heights on Oct. 22. At about 10:30 a.m., a Nissan pickup truck traveling north on 54th Street proceeded through a red light and struck a Prius that had been heading east on University Avenue.
California motorists may benefit from reviewing some of the most recent traffic safety data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the NHTSA, during 2012, California realized the second-highest motor-vehicle fatality total of any state in the country, trailing only Texas. The 2,857 people who died in California from car accidents during 2012 represents a 1.5 percent increase from 2011. In Texas, nearly 3,400 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents during 2012.
On September 28, a Fresno County accident claimed the life of one person and left five others injured. One of the drivers involved in the incident faces drunk-driving charges, highway officials said.
A California man was sentenced to one year of imprisonment and three years of probation on Sept. 19 after he entered a plea of no contest in connection with a rear-end collision in which two women died. The distracted driving accident happened around 5:20 p.m. on March 15 in Santa Rosa.
An accident that occurred at an intersection in Bakersfield around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 30 has left two people dead and one person injured. According to police, the collision took place when sedan read-ended a compact car, causing the compact car to catch fire and trap its three occupants inside.
A 28-year-old California woman has received a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for a fatal car accident that happened in 2011. The charges were second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and evading charges.