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January 1, 2013
A car accident Tuesday afternoon in Costa Mesa led to seven reported injuries, police said. The incident at Fairview Road and Baker Street happened at 4:04 p.m., said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Jerry Hildeman. As of 4:45, the driver was being evaluated for DUI, he said. No further information was available as of press time. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
August 3, 2013
A female bicyclist was in serious condition after an accident on Newport Coast Road near the 73 Freeway Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Newport Beach Fire Department. At 8:08 a.m., fire personnel responded to the scene and found a woman unconscious on the side of the road after she apparently fell from her bicycle, fire officials said. The woman, whose name was not released, was about 40 years old and was being tended to by her husband and other bystanders when emergency personnel arrived, according to the release.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
An unidentified man died after a traffic accident on East Coast Highway in Newport Coast, authorities said. The victim, who was not identified, was walking near the Crystal Cove Promenade at 7:48 p.m. Saturday, according to the Orange County coroner's office. He was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana and died after succumbing to injuries he sustained in the accident at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the coroner. The driver of the vehicle was not cited or arrested, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
A motorcyclist died Thursday after a 5:20 p.m. collision with a vehicle at Bristol Street and Campus Drive in Newport Beach, police said. The male rider was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. Police officials did not release the name of the deceased rider pending notification of his relatives. Details of the crash were not immediately available for release, police said. - Jeremiah Dobruck Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 31, 2013
A Newport Beach teenager died over the weekend, hours after being injured in an off-roading motorcycle crash in Riverside County. Alex Chisholm, 17, was riding alone about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area near Borrego Springs when he lost control, according to a California State Parks spokeswoman. Chisholm was going about 25 miles an hour when he hit an obstacle similar to a sand dune, spokeswoman Vicky Waters said. The crash ejected Chisholm, and the bike's handlebars hit him in the abdomen as he flew off, according to Waters.
NEWS
By William Lobdell | January 20, 2011
The absolute worst part of a reporter's life? Being sent to interview friends and relatives of someone who just died — usually in accidents or by the hands of others. My heart would pound as I knocked on the front door of a family whose father or mother, sister or brother had just died in a newsworthy way. Would a grieving relative berate me for my insensitivity? I would if I were on the other side of the door. Would I be the latest in a long line of journalists turned away?
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 16, 2013
An 11-year-old Costa Mesa girl died when two personal watercraft collided over the weekend on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nev., authorities said Monday. Samantha Nguyen, a sixth-grader at Sonora Elementary School, was at the river with her father, Vince Nguyen, according to Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials. He sustained severe injuries in the accident. Samantha, her father and another girl were riding a Jet Ski-type vehicle near the Emerald River Golf Course in Laughlin on Saturday morning, followed by a group in a similar watercraft said Doug Nielsen, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | December 27, 2007
A woman who was hit by a car Thursday morning on Wilson Street just east of Harbor Boulevard suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Police were not sure of her condition as of 11 a.m., but she may have died, investigators said. When police arrived at the intersection at about 9 a.m. the woman was lying on the road, bleeding from her ears and mouth, Sgt. Zack Hoferitza said. She was rushed to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. Police conducted a sobriety test on the driver and found he was not intoxicated at the time of the crash, Hoferitza said.
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April 23, 2014
The young boy who suffered serious burns when he fell into a Newport Beach fire pit on Easter is expected to make a full recovery, according to an official at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. "He's doing great," said Wendi Forrest, a spokeswoman for the hospital, where the boy was taken Sunday afternoon. The boy is 3-years-old, not 5 as originally reported to police, Forrest said. It's still unclear how he ended up in the beach fire pit, but police said it was probably an accident.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 18, 2014
A man was briefly knocked unconscious Friday afternoon when he plummeted from the air and crashed into a piece of floating equipment during a water-propelled jet pack flight in Newport Harbor, officials said. The man — who has not been identified by authorities but was described as being in his 40s — was taken to nearby Hoag Hospital, where he was treated for a minor concussion and received eight stitches on his forehead, according to Dean O'Malley, president of Newport Beach-based Jetpack America, which was operating the flight.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 31, 2013
A Newport Beach teenager died over the weekend, hours after being injured in an off-roading motorcycle crash in Riverside County. Alex Chisholm, 17, was riding alone about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area near Borrego Springs when he lost control, according to a California State Parks spokeswoman. Chisholm was going about 25 miles an hour when he hit an obstacle similar to a sand dune, spokeswoman Vicky Waters said. The crash ejected Chisholm, and the bike's handlebars hit him in the abdomen as he flew off, according to Waters.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
A 51-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car and killed in Costa Mesa, police said Wednesday. David Hird, a Costa Mesa resident, walked in front of a car driven by a 26-year-old Irvine woman at 5 p.m. Monday while crossing Newport Boulevard near Rochester Street, according to a Costa Mesa Police Department press release. The driver was reportedly headed northbound in the No. 2 lane of Newport when Hird walked eastbound in front of her. Witnesses had seen Hird walking eastbound across the northbound lanes of Newport shortly before the accident, according to police.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | November 22, 2013
The sixth-grade class at Sonora Elementary School looked on as parents and staff lowered the roots of the crepe myrtle tree into the ground Friday morning. The tree will serve as a reminder of sixth-grader Samantha Nguyen, known by friends and teachers as Sammy, the girl with a bright smile and incredible personality. The crepe myrtle was selected because it sends out flowers of pink or purple, two of Samantha's favorite colors, said Principal Christine Anderson. Samantha, 11, died in September after being thrown from a personal watercraft on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nev. She had been at the river with her father, Vince Nguyen, and a cousin.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 16, 2013
An 11-year-old Costa Mesa girl died when two personal watercraft collided over the weekend on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nev., authorities said Monday. Samantha Nguyen, a sixth-grader at Sonora Elementary School, was at the river with her father, Vince Nguyen, according to Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials. He sustained severe injuries in the accident. Samantha, her father and another girl were riding a Jet Ski-type vehicle near the Emerald River Golf Course in Laughlin on Saturday morning, followed by a group in a similar watercraft said Doug Nielsen, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 5, 2013
After spending Labor Day weekend on Catalina Island, Valinda Martin boarded a ferry for the short trip back to Newport Beach. The vessel bounced on the choppy water. Martin, seated in the back, landed hard as the boat rose and fell. Suddenly, she lost all sensation in her legs. It was Sept. 6, 1993, and Martin's been in a wheelchair ever since. Life changed overnight for the former women's clothing sales representative, who was used to lugging 30- to 40-pound bags in and out of her car up to seven times a day - in four-inch platform shoes.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
A motorcyclist died Thursday after a 5:20 p.m. collision with a vehicle at Bristol Street and Campus Drive in Newport Beach, police said. The male rider was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. Police officials did not release the name of the deceased rider pending notification of his relatives. Details of the crash were not immediately available for release, police said. - Jeremiah Dobruck Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck
NEWS
August 3, 2013
A female bicyclist was in serious condition after an accident on Newport Coast Road near the 73 Freeway Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Newport Beach Fire Department. At 8:08 a.m., fire personnel responded to the scene and found a woman unconscious on the side of the road after she apparently fell from her bicycle, fire officials said. The woman, whose name was not released, was about 40 years old and was being tended to by her husband and other bystanders when emergency personnel arrived, according to the release.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | July 19, 2013
Ahoy! The United States Coast Guard has released the 2012 recreational boating statistics that detail boating accidents and state vessel registrations. The report includes data from every state and, additionally, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The reports stated the good news that fatalities related to recreational boating numbered only 651, the lowest in years. As I wrote in my column during National Safe Boating Week, which was the week of May 16, "there were only 758 fatalities in 2011, 672 in 2010 and 736 in 2009, according to the Coast Guard's latest statistics.
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