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Motorcyclist killed on 405 Freeway in Seal Beach

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A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday on the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach after being struck by a pickup truck, the California Highway Patrol said.

The motorcyclist, whom passersby described as a man, was headed north about 7:45 a.m. and had just passed the 22 Freeway when something caused him to be thrown from his bike, CHP Officer Denise Quesada said.

A red pickup truck with a utility trailer then struck the biker, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A SigAlert was issued, closing off three lanes. No other information was available.

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Man killed after hitting disabled semi on 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar

A 74-year-old man was killed Tuesday night after his car crashed into the back of a disabled semi on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, authorities said.

Theodore Wong, of Chino, was driving his Lexus east near Brea Canyon Road about 11 p.m. when the vehicle veered into an adjacent lane and hit the back of the semi's trailer, the California Highway Patrol said. Wong was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later, officials said.

The driver of the semi, identified as Michelle Campbell, 50, of Tucson, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries described as stress-related, the CHP said.

All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed following the crash but opened a few hours later, officials said.

It was not immediately known why Wong's Lexus moved into the other lane, the CHP said. An investigation into the crash is ongoing, and witnesses were asked to call the CHP at (626) 338-1164.

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$25,000 reward in hit-and-run of cyclist near Griffith Park

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City Councilman Tom LaBonge and the CHP have announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a hit-and-run driver who struck a cyclist near Griffith Park and dragged him about 600 feet, causing injuries that necessitated the amputation of a leg.

Damian Kevitt, 36, was biking west on Zoo Drive toward the 5 Freeway about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 when he was struck by a minivan making a sudden left turn, according to the CHP.

Kevitt became trapped in the undercarriage of what witnesses described as an older gray Toyota Sienna with a “for sale” sign in its rear window, the CHP said. The driver accelerated and never stopped, dragging Kevitt south on the freeway until he was dislodged.

Kevitt, of Los Angeles, suffered numerous broken bones and severe road rash on his chest and back.

LaBonge’s office said it hopes a reward will motivate witnesses to come forward with more information. The money will come out of the city's general fund.

"A car shouldn't be a weapon,” the councilman said in a statement. “Let's do our part to end this kind of violent crime.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at (323) 259-2010.

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Man killed while walking on 5 Freeway in Commerce

Photo: The scene of the accident. Credit: KTLA-TV

A man in his 50s who was walking on the southbound 5 Freeway in Commerce was killed early Sunday after being struck by two vehicles, authorities said.

The victim was walking north about 2:50 a.m. in the traffic lanes of the freeway just north of the Triggs Street exit when he was struck by a motorist who left the scene, said Officer Cheyenne Quesada, of the California Highway Patrol.

The man was hit again by a driver in a white Toyota Corolla in the No. 1 lane who then pulled off the freeway and called authorities, Quesada said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unknown why he had been on foot.

All southbound lanes in the area were closed for about three hours. East Los Angeles CHP personnel is investigating the incident.

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Photo: The scene of the accident. Credit: KTLA-TV

Pedestrian killed while crossing Pacific Coast Highway

A man was struck and killed by a car when he tried to run across Pacific Coast Highway on Tuesday night, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 6:40 p.m. between Encinal Canyon Road and Mulholland Highway and closed Pacific Coast Highway in both directions for hours.

The man, whom authorities did not identify, was running across the highway illegally with two other people after fishing near El Pescador State Beach, said Sgt. John Skikas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"He appears to be at fault," Skikas said. "No citation was issued against the driver."

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Speeding blamed for fatal traffic accident in Lancaster

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Excessive speed appears to have played a role in a single-vehicle traffic crash that injured the male driver and killed the female passenger in Lancaster, authorities said Tuesday.

The accident occurred about 11 p.m. Monday at the corner of Avenue I and 15th Street East when the car ran into a traffic signal pole, shearing off its top, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Lancaster station.

The driver, who was not identified, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with serious injuries. His passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Preliminary investigations indicated the driver appeared to have “drifted off the roadway and lost control of the vehicle when he reentered the roadway,” according to the statement.

Authorities closed the intersection where the accident occurred for about six hours while the investigation was underway. Officials did not disclose what, if any, charges the driver might face.

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Map: Approximate location of accident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

911 calls about fatal tour bus crash cite brakes

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Phone calls to emergency dispatchers after a tour bus crash near Yucaipa earlier this month that left eight people dead show that some authorities immediately believed the bus' brakes had probably given out.

"Now the bus is crashed, it passed up a line of traffic going about 80 mph, I don't know what's wrong with the person driving the bus," said one woman who called 911 at 6:32 p.m., shortly after the Feb. 3 incident.

"OK, because their brakes went out," responded the dispatcher, according to recordings of emergency calls related to the crash provided by the California Highway Patrol. "We're trying to find them.... We're getting several calls and we're not able to tell exactly where this is at."

The bus crashed on California 38 about four miles north of Yucaipa. It had left Mexico earlier the same day for a trip to Big Bear and crashed on the return trip, striking two other vehicles. Seven bus passengers were killed, as was a person in one of the other vehicles.

Since the deadly crash, federal officials have ordered the company that owned the bus involved --  Scapadas Magicas --  to close immediately, saying it was "an imminent hazard to public safety."

Other callers to emergency dispatchers after the accident reported fires and people with apparently serious injuries.

"It flipped and turned over.... There's tons of people all over the place.... It's horrible. I would imagine he had no brakes.... He had his blinkers on," one caller said.

"It's horrible, there's a car, a truck that's been hit, some kind of trailer, blood everywhere, just everywhere.... The bus driver acted like he was in a race," the caller said.

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Photo: Authorities investigate deadly tour bus crash. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of motorcyclists briefly block 210 Freeway

Hundreds of motorcyclists briefly jammed traffic across the 210 Freeway in Duarte on Sunday afternoon after two riders fell, police said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the California Highway Patrol received several calls that between 100 and 300 motorcycles had stopped on the freeway just west of the 605 Freeway interchange, said Officer Tatiana Sauquillo.

Two riders had fallen from their bikes and hundreds of others were blocking traffic and doing stunts in an apparent effort to give the fallen riders time to move to the side of the road, Sauquillo said.

Paramedics treated the two riders for minor injuries, while the others rode to a nearby mall parking lot a few minutes before CHP officers arrived, according to Sauquillo.

Traffic on the 210 was moving again within about 20 minutes.

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CHP helicopter pilots help save hiker from mountain lion

It took some quick thinking and work by two CHP helicopter pilots to save a hiker from a mountain lion near Colfax, officials said.

Officers Monty Emery and David White were dispatched Saturday to help hiker David Nash, of Rocklin, who was being stalked by a mountain lion on the Stevens Trail in Placer County.

Nash was unable to scare off the lion, which was blocking his path two miles from the trailhead, and the sun was setting.

“You know, I shudder to think what would have happened if [Nash] wouldn’t have had a cellphone…to call for help,” White told Fox40 in Sacramento.

Stevens Trail is a short flight from the CHP’s Air Operations Unit at the Auburn Airport. Emery and White flew from there to Nash’s location on the trail. They found him frantically waving a flashlight, with the lion standing 20 to 30 feet in front of him.

But there was no suitable place to land the helicopter.

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CHP ends stolen-SUV pursuit with bump maneuver in West L.A.

Police pursued a stolen vehicle suspect across local freeways Wednesday morning before CHP officers ended the chase in West Los Angeles by bumping the vehicle and causing it to spin out.

LAPD officers from the Mission Division began pursuing the Nissan Pathfinder about 9 a.m. The SUV sped east on the 118 Freeway and then transitioned to the southbound 405 Freeway, where California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit.

The chase continued into the Westside of Los Angeles from the San Fernando Valley. The driver exited the Pico Boulevard offramp and after a brief pause to turn, CHP officers performed a "pit maneuver," which entails bumping a moving vehicle from behind, causing it to lose control.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody without incident about 10:45 a.m.

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