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Los Angeles Plan To Reduce Serious Traffic Crashes

Los Angeles Plan To Reduce Serious Traffic Crashes

By Anthony Alaniz

Los Angeles police presented a plan before the L.A. Police Commission in hopes of reducing the number of fatal and serious injury traffic collisions in the city by 10 percent this year.

“I think anything is attainable,” Tyler Izen, L.A. police union president, said in an interview with Southern California Public Radio. “It might require much more than the Los Angeles Police Department. It might require every citizen out there. It might require all of us to give up our phones while we’re in the car.”

Already, about 110 officers have been asked to voluntarily move to traffic enforcement assignments at one of the department’s four bureaus across the city in an effort to help reduce those types of crashes.

“The bottom line is this: When I lose friends who are police officers or family members – when I lose them to traffic collisions – it is no less a loss than when I lose them to violence,” Izen said in an interview with Southern California Public Radio.

Source: SCPR

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Several Injured After Train, Car Collide

Several Injured After Train, Car Collide

By Anthony Alaniz

Several people were injured when a car collided with a train on the Blue Line, police officials said. The incident happened Friday morning about 7 a.m. in Long Beach, occurring near Long Beach Blvd. and 14th St, according to Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo.

Details about the crash were not immediately available. It wasn’t clear what caused the accident, or if drugs or alcohol could have been a factor.

Five people from the train were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to Matthew Dobberpuhl of the Long Beach Fire Department. The five people complained of neck and pack pain.

One person from the vehicle was also transported to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn’t available or known. It also wasn’t clear if the injured person was the driver or a passenger.

Service was delayed between downtown Long Beach and Anaheim stations, but wasn’t disrupted between downtown Los Angeles and Willow stations.

The names of those injured were not released, nor was the condition of those sent to the hospital immediately available. No charges have been filed in relation to the crash at this time.

Source: L.A. Times

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Two Teens Killed In Car Accident

Two Teens Killed In Car Crash

By Anthony Alaniz

Two North High School students and a 20-year-old man were killed in a car accident Monday morning. The car accident occurred on Highway 101 near Santa Barbara.

Danielle Murillo and Jessica Leffew, both 17, were seniors at North High School. Brian Adonay Lopez, Jessica’s boyfriend and from Los Angeles was also killed.

The three were traveling southbound on the highway in a red Mazda 2005 when the vehicle veered right for unknown reasons and crashed into the guardrail, according to the report from the California Highway Patrol. The car then flipped onto its roof before coming to rest in the middle of the freeway. The accident happened around 12:45 a.m.

Moments after the Mazda came to a rest, a white 2013 Ford Mustang smashed into the car.

Erick Hoel August, a 20-year-old male from Los Angeles, was driving the Mazda suffered major injuries and reportedly was listed in critical condition. He was Danielle’s boyfriend.

Kimberly Ann Kries of Santa Barbara was driving the Mustang and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The crash is under investigation.

Source: Daily Breeze

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Naked Man Stops LA Traffic After Climbing On Roof Of Tesla

Naked Man Stops LA Traffic After Climbing On Roof Of Tesla

By Anthony Alaniz

A naked man stopped Los Angeles traffic Tuesday by ripping off his clothes and dancing on his car’s roof. In a video uploaded to YouTube, firefighters are seen trying to coax the man down. According to Teddy Bliss, who identified himself as the video’s cameraman, said the video he filmed was just a small portion of the chaos that ensued.

“This all started when the guy driving the Tesla stopped in the middle of the PCH and jumped out of the car! Running around waving a shirt, acting like something was wrong with his Tesla,” he wrote in an email to the New York Daily News.

The naked man then jumped back into his car, driving wildly through traffic before crashing into a MIni Cooper. By that point both firefighters and ambulance personnel were at the scene. Police arrived shortly thereafter and helped load the man onto a stretcher.

Capt. Scott, of Pacific Palisades FIre Station 69, said the man may have had a “meltdown or psychiatric episode or was on a controlled substance.”

The identity of the man hasn’t been released.

Source: New York Daily News

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Smart Car The Prey In New Prank

Smart Cars The Prey In New Prank

By Anthony Alaniz

The Smart Car, the small urbanite vehicle from Daimler, has been the butt of many jokes over the years. Recently, the mild jibes of insults have transformed into full on vehicular vandalism.

A group of eight hooded vandals is apparently responsible for tipping several Smart Cars on their sides or upside down entirely. The motivation behind the vandalism is unknown.

One recent incident was witnessed by Brandon Michael, who was smoking a cigarette at the time the incident occurred. The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. Monday near Bowdoin and Sweeny.

“All of a sudden I just see eight hooded figures walk up to the car,” Michael said in an interview with KRON 4 News. “I thought it looked like they were up to no good. And then sure enough they walk up to this smart car right here, all huddle around it, and then lift it up and set it on its hind legs.”

According to the police, witnesses reported seeing similar incidents involving Smart Cars at about the same time just on the other side of I-280. One ended up on its side at Anderson and Ogden while another was left completely on its roof at Anderson and Courtland a few blocks away

Currently, the police have no suspects and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Source: KRON 4 News

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Robbers Get Prison For Tossing Loot Out Window

Robbers Get Prison For Tossing Loot Out Window

By Anthony Alaniz

Two bank robbers who threw their loot out a car window during a police pursuit have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Lavelle Mosley, 24, received 33 years. Terion Collins, 27, received 45 years and eight months. They were both convicted of of robbery in January. They robbed a Bank of America branch in Canyon Country in September 2012. They fled in a stolen Volvo SUV,

The men then led police on an hour-long chase. During the pursuit, the men threw fistfuls of cash out of the Volvo’s window. Bystanders scrambled to collect the money and hampered the Los Angeles Country sheriff’s deputies. The police arrested the men as throngs of people closed in on the scene and tried to taking the remaining money from the SUV.

Source: Miami Herald

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All Cars Are Under Investigation According to LAPD

All Cars Are Under Investigation According to LAPD

By Anthony Alaniz

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, cars within Los Angeles is currently under investigation. What those cars are under investigation for is unknown. The startling stance comes as a records request from the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the data collected by the Automatic license plate reader (ALPR) systems, as well as the department’s policy about the storing and sharing of that data was met with a denial.

The system, which is used in cities across the country, takes photos of all license plates that come into the system’s view. The system collects the location, plate number and time.

The LAPD is arguing that while the information isn’t being used for any current investigations, it could be useful in future ones.

“All ALPR data is investigatory—regardless of whether a license plate scan results in an immediate ‘hit’ because, for instance, the vehicle may be stolen, the subject of an ‘Amber Alert,’ or operated by an individual with an outstanding arrest warrant,” according to the LAPD’s filing.

A similar system was used in Boston until an investigation and public records request showed a stolen car being scanned 60 times without arousing a police response. The program was subsequently shut down.

The LAPD is taking a bold stand against the prevailing traditions of the criminal justice system and the Fourth Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union and EFF are appealing the filing.

Source: Al Jazeera America

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Speed Was Cause Of Paul Walker’s, Roger Rodas’ Death

Speed Was Cause Of Paul Walker Death

By Anthony Alaniz

The investigation into the sudden, unexpected death of actor Paul Walker and race car driver Roger Rodas is finally finished. The report states the car was traveling between 80 and 93 mph at the time of the crash—the sole contributing factor to the crash as determined by investigators was excessive speed. Both were wearing their seat belts and both airbags deployed.

With cooperation from Porsche, investigators were able to determine that the Carrera GT was mechanically sound before the crash, ruling out any mechanical failure as a cause of the crash.

The investigator’s report went on to note that the tires found on the left side of the car were over nine years old at the time of the accident, contradicting the GT’s owner’s manual that said tires older than four years old shouldn’t be used for safety reasons. The right-side tires were too damaged for their age to be determined.

Toxicology reports ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors to the crash. Eyewitness reports and security camera footage showed the Carrera GT alone, ruling out street racing.

The death of Walker and Rodas are stark reminders of how terribly wrong a crash can go when it is traveling at a high rate of speed. It should be a sobering reminder how fragile life is.

Source: Road & Track

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LAPD Gets a Lamborghini Gallardo, Crooks Watch Out

LAPD Gets a Lamborghini Gallardo, Crooks Watch Out

@LAPDLambo on Instagram

By Anthony Alaniz

The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled its latest, fastest and least reliable pursuit vehicle to the masses this week via the photo sharing website Instagram, a Lamborghini Gallardo. Granted, the Gallardo will only be used for promotional purposes as it is on loan. Don’t expect it to by flying down the 101 Freeway.

The owners of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Nathalie and Travis Marg of Light Source 1 inc., donated their Gallardo to appear at charitable events for the LAPD Air Support Team, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Gallardo is decked out in traditional LAPD-scheme—black and white color combination.  “To Protect and to Serve” is written on its sides for an added level of intimidation.

“You can run, but you can’t hide. Makes you wanna join #LAPD, doesn’t it?” LAPD’s Rampart Division said in an Instagram post.

A 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo has a starting price of about $182,000—chump change, really. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, no tax dollars were spent on the vehicle.

The Gallardo is expected to make its first appearance at the Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field in Lancaster on March 21-22.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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Green Cars For Rent Fill Los Angeles Niche

Green Cars For Rent Fill Los Angeles Niche

By Anthony Alaniz

MPG Car Rental sets itself apart from the competition by offering only green cars to rent in Los Angeles. While other rental agencies offer some green vehicles, MPG Car Rental focuses solely on the green-car niche.

MPG Car Rental emerged from California Car Rental after the owner saw potential in offering only green cars. He then made the switch.

Offerings include the expected Toyota Prius, along with the Chevrolet Volt, Volkswagen’s clean-diesel models and the Tesla Model S.

Other car rental companies like Hertz offers its “Green Traveler Collection,” which offers a variety of environmentally friendly models. What makes MPG Car Rental a lucrative business is its proximity to the airport, something other companies don’t have the advantage of.

Even with being close to the airport, local residents also take advantage of what cars MPG Car Rental has to offer.

“I needed a car. My car was going into the shop, and I found these guys right in the neighborhood,” said Laura Lee, a local business owner, in an interview with KABC Los Angeles. “It’s very affordable.”

If a customer rented a Toyota Prius and wants to own one, MPG Car Rental will give the customer a voucher so they can go to an affiliated dealership and receive a reimbursement of a rental that’s taken off the purchase price

While green cars may be a niche in the automotive world, companies like MPG Car Rental offers a great service for the environmentally conscious.

Source: KABC Los Angeles

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