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.
A 67-year-old man driving a Toyota Tundra died on Highway 79 near Temecula on Nov. 14. According to the California Highway Patrol, as the driver was approaching a curve in the road, he crossed the double yellow lines in an attempt to pass the tractor-trailer in front of him. The tractor-trailer was traveling at about 30 mph, perhaps because of the weather, which was dark and rainy.
The husband of the 53-year-old bus driver, who, along with five students and three adult chaperones, was killed in a collision between a bus carrying high school students and a FedEx semi-truck, filed a lawsuit against the company on Oct. 29. His wrongful death claim is the 16th lawsuit filed against the company for the Interstate 5 crash that occurred near Orland on Apr. 10.
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 50-year-old man was killed in a Sept. 19 crash involving two tractor-trailers that collided head-on. This Round Mountain accident also injured three people, authorities stated.
According to police, a Sept. 11 accident in Ontario involving a big rig killed a motorist. Police suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor in the deadly event.
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.