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Two Boys Mauled In Indio Pit Bull Attack

August 18, 2014
Two Boys Mauled In Indio Pit Bull Attack

Two small children were attacked in a vicious encounter with a pit bull in Indio this week. The boys, ages five and eleven, were mauled in a single incident with one dog on Saturday. The five-year-old boy suffered bite wounds to the back of the head, and the eleven-year-old boy suffered puncture bite wounds to the stomach and hand.

The boys were sent to the hospital after the attack, and the five-year-old was described as in serious, but stable, condition. The eleven-year-old boy’s subsequent medical condition has not been released. The two boys were waiting for a friend around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The mother of the boys’ friend was on the property with the dog and tethered him to a post. The dog, a four-year-old pit bull named Cucuy,


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Lack of Bicycle Lanes in Orange County Causing Danger

August 11, 2014

In recent years, many cities in California, including Los Angeles, have become more and more friendly to cyclists. More bicycle lanes are appearing, and there has been a concerted effort to increase awareness of bicyclist’s rights and rights of way. However, this trend has lagged in Orange County, and the figures on bicyclist injuries and fatalities help illustrate the need. If you are in a bicycle accident, it is important to know your rights – the rules of the road are not the same for bicyclists and motorists.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

The most recent statistics available from the California Highway Patrol illustrate a rising trend. Since 2007 both fatalities and injuries have increased steadily, with one slight dip in fatalities in 2009. Nationwide, bicyclist fatalities have mirrored that trend –


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Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Dementia

July 29, 2014
Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Dementia

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are catastrophic injuries that have long-term consequences. For many years, researchers have suspected that brain injuries dramatically increase the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and accelerate the onset of symptoms of dementia.

A new study of veterans helps confirm these suspicions. According to research published recently in the journal Neurology, veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be at a high risk of developing dementia sooner. They were 60% more likely to develop symptoms of dementia compared to persons who had never suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The study was based on an evaluation of 190,000 veterans who were 68 years old on average and had no symptoms of dementia. When these veterans were followed over a period of nine years, they found that out of the 1,229 vets


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Oversized Truck Caused Washington State Bridge Collapse: NTSB

July 24, 2014
Oversized Truck Caused Washington State Bridge Collapse: NTSB

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that last year’s collapse of an Interstate 5 bridge in Washington state was caused by an oversized truck that struck components of the bridge while it was crossing.

The agency was investigating the incident in which the bridge, which was originally built in 1955, collapsed into the Skagit River. The accident occurred in May 2013. The truck, which was traveling on the bridge, had struck several sections of the bridge with drilling equipment that it was towing. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in the accident, even though two vehicles on the bridge fell into the river. Three injuries were reported.

During the course of its investigation, the NTSB found that this was not a rare incident on the bridge. Several trucks traveling with large


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Concord Man Gets One-Year Sentence for Dog Attack

July 17, 2014

Only July 8, Steven Hayashi of Concord, California was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the 2010 mauling death of his two-year-old step-grandson, Jacob Bisbee. Hayashi was found to be culpable in the boy’s death, having left the house while knowing his wife, the boy’s mother, was asleep. Hayashi’s dogs attacked Jacob when he wandered into the garage, causing severe damage in less than five minutes.

Mr. Hayashi was convicted on criminal charges, but he also could have been brought up on civil charges, though his wife declined to do so. Under California law, the owner of a dog that bites a third party is strictly liable, or liable regardless of their actual fault or intent, and regardless of whether or not the dog has any history of violence. Thus, even if Mr. Hayashi


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Chula Vista Girl Dies in Tragic Fall

July 15, 2014

Parents in the San Diego area were reminded to keep a close eye on their small children after an 11-month-old girl died in July 2014. The girl had been playing on a bed that was situated next to a window in the same room as her father. Her father looked away “for a second,” according to authorities, and when he looked back, his daughter was gone. She had fallen against the window screen, which gave way and caused her to fall three stories. She was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.

Though police are calling the above incident a “tragic accident,” falls from heights are not always a simple accident. Falls are also more common than many may imagine. The trauma center at Rady Children’s Hospital reports treating 61 children for falls from 2nd story windows in


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Carmax Under Fire for Selling Recalled Cars Without Fixes

Carmax Under Fire for Selling Recalled Cars Without Fixes

The country’s largest used-car dealer is facing strong criticism for its practice of selling recalled cars without fixing them, and then claiming in its advertising, that it conducts inspections of its cars before selling them.

CarMax is the target of a petition by several consumer groups, who have petitioned the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CarMax claims in its advertising that every car it sells is subjected to a series of strenuous safety checks. It lists a number of components that are checked before a car is sold. However, what it does not mention is that many of these components may have been recalled earlier and may not have been fixed prior to sale.

Regulatory Jurisdiction

CarMax’s practices, as unpalatable as they may be, are not covered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policies. Federal


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Norwalk Man Pleads No Contest in Rape, Sexual Battery Case

July 14, 2014

A man in Norwalk pleaded no contest to the charges of rape andsexual battery by fraud against women coming to him for spiritual guidance. Jose Romulo Felix advertised himself as a spiritual healer in Spanish newspapers and claimed to be able to solve love issues for women.

In this case, a woman came to Felix for guidance on a matter. Once they were in his office, Felix forced himself on her. For pleading no contest to the charges, Felix is expected to get a nine-year sentence for the criminal offense and be placed on the sex offender registry for life.

Sexual abuse is emotionally and physically devastating for the victim. While the criminal court exists to punish the predators of this type of abuse, the victim must file a separate suit in civil court for financial compensation. If you


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DUI Suspect Found with Scooter Lodged in Pickup Truck

DUI Suspect Found with Scooter Lodged in Pickup Truck

A truck involved in a fatal DUI collision in Palm Springs was recovered on Indian Canyon Drive with a motor scooter lodged in the truck’s front end. Fifty-five-year-old David Buckley Doyle of Palm Springs is suspected of driving his 2004 GMC pickup truck on North Indian Canyon Drive Friday when he hit a 2008 Yamaha motor scooter traveling in the opposite direction. The rider of the motor scooter died at the scene of the collision. Doyle’s truck was found on Indian Canyon Drive about a mile away from the scene of the collision with the scooter still attached to the front of it.

Doyle currently faces charges of driving while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Drunk Driving a Significant Threat to Riverside County Drivers

Numerous public information campaigns, such


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Teens Suffer Serious Injuries in Ramona Car Accident

July 11, 2014

In late June, two teens were in a Jeep Patriot on San Vicente Road when they were involved in a serious accident. The California Highway Patrol reported that the Jeep collided with two different power poles at 4:30 am. An ambulance took the male driver to the emergency room for treatment of serious injuries.  A female passenger was found unconscious at the scene and had to be airlifted to the hospital.

What caused the accident?

California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the cause of the single-car crash, which could include several different factors. Determining the cause of an accident is very important to identify whether any party acted negligently in causing the crash. For example, if the driver was negligent, the family of the injured teen girl may be able to


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