Law enforcement officials report that during the early morning hours of May 25, a single vehicle crash in Lynwood claimed the lives of two people. Two other people in the car were injured in the fatal accident.
A 22-year-old Santa Clara woman who was apparently driving the wrong way on I-880 on Feb. 6 crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing herself and seriously injuring three people. The accident reportedly occurred around 12:34 a.m., prior to the police arriving in response to an emergency call that had been placed reporting she was traveling north in the southbound lanes.
A woman in Corona was killed in a fiery crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Jan. 18. The fatal two-car accident happened near Green River Road on the 91 Freeway at around 4 a.m. Before the fatal collision, the victim had been a passenger in a Honda that was disabled due to a separate accident that had taken place earlier. It is unclear what led to the first of the two car accidents.
A three-vehicle crash resulted in two deaths and several injuries on Jan. 4, and the California Highway Patrol reported that the crash occurred at around 6:17 p.m. on Highway 84. The Sunol crash happened when a 2007 Toyota Corolla headed west turned left while attempting to move onto eastbound Vallecitos Road.
According to authorities, four people were hospitalized Dec. 26 after a series of collisions on Edwards Street and Mar Vista Drive in Huntington Beach. The incident occurred at around 10:54 a.m. near the Westminster Mall after a 74-year-old man failed to stop his car and hit another car at an intersection. An additional vehicle and a motorcycle were also struck as a result of the accident.
On Dec. 7, a four-car accident in California resulted in the death of a 29-year-old woman. The accident occurred in Oceanside at about 9 a.m. when the deceased woman's Kia was rear-ended by a Ford F-150 truck. A Chevy pickup was also hit by the F-150, and the Kia struck a Toyota truck.
Two people lost their lives in a recent head-on crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Novato. The California Highway Patrol began receiving calls around midnight about a 1995 Toyota Camry station wagon traveling north in the southbound lane of the highway. As the male driver approached the crossing near Redwood Sanitary Landfill, he crashed into a 2013 Nissan Sentra occupied by another male driver and a female passenger.
A 16-year-old high school junior and her grandmother were returning from a baby shower about when their 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis was hit by a Dodge Caravan driven by a 26-year-old man. According to a news release issued by the California Highway Patrol, traffic had slowed in that area, but the 2014 Caravan was traveling faster than was safe for road conditions at the time.
Texting while driving is against the law in California, as it is in many other states. But just how effective are these laws at preventing distracted driving accidents? A study published recently in the August American Journal of Public Health addresses that question.