June 5, 2003
Deepa Bharath The Orange County Fire Authority is looking into what caused a May 20 accident at the airport when one of its fire trucks rolled back and hit an American Airlines plane, officials said. Firefighters were responding to a medical emergency at the terminal when the truck's brakes failed and it slid back and hit the aircraft, airport spokeswoman Ann McCarley said. No one was hurt in the incident. But the crash left a 3-by-4-foot dent near the right wing of the plane, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said.
October 30, 2009
A pickup truck struck a 12-year-old boy who ran across MacArthur Boulevard in traffic Friday morning, Newport Beach police said. The boy, a seventh-grader at Corona Del Mar Middle School, was on his way to school about 7 a.m. when he ran westbound from Bonita Canyon Road across MacArthur Boulevard, said Newport Beach police Sgt. Evan Sailor. A Dodge pickup southbound on MacArthur struck the boy as he was crossing the street, Sailor said. The truck had a green light at the time of the accident, and the driver does not appear to be at fault, Sailor said.
April 15, 2008
A three-car crash left one car in flames at Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive Monday evening, officials said. No one was seriously hurt after the 5 p.m. accident that involved a blue Audi, a tan Toyota Forerunner and a white Honda CRV, Costa Mesa Fire Capt. Lenny Goodsir said. Police and fire officials were unclear how the accident happened or what sparked the blaze in the Audi, but Goodsir speculated the fire began from an affected gas line. Firefighters had the blaze under control in just a few minutes, Goodsir said.
July 12, 2003
Deepa Bharath A 31-year-old off-duty police officer remains in a medically induced coma after he was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Irvine last month, officials said. Officer John Stebbins is in critical, but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman said. Stebbins suffered a head injury after he collided with a car at the intersection of Culver Drive and Walnut Avenue the morning of June 28. "We don't know exactly how the accident took place," Shulman said.
March 15, 2008
Two lanes of the 73 northbound freeway interchange to the 405 freeway north were shut down temporarily Friday when a car lost control and slammed into the side rail, according to the California Highway Patrol. David Han, 19, of Cerritos, was driving his blue 2003 Honda Civic at about 11:15 a.m. on the 73 freeway interchange to the 405 freeway northbound when a car next to him on the left moved into his lane, CHP officer Jennifer Hink said. Han swerved out of his lane to avoid the collision, Hink said.
May 6, 2008
A superior court judge is expected to decide this week whether jurors in the trial of a woman who lost control of her Lexus and hit and killed a Newport Beach elementary school teacher on West Coast Highway will hear evidence that the driver was distraught over the death of her husband and taking medication for anxiety and sleep disturbances at the time of the accident. Irvine resident Janene Johns, 53, was taking prescription drugs and over-the counter cough medicine to deal with the emotional aftermath of her husband’s death when her 2006 silver Lexus careened out of control and jumped the curb, killing Eastbluff Elementary School teacher Candace Tift, 31, on West Coast Highway in August 2006, Johns’ attorney Gary Pohlson claimed Monday during a motion hearing before Johns’ trial.
May 15, 2008
A psychiatrist who treated an Irvine woman two days after she was in a car accident that killed a Costa Mesa teacher testified this morning that her patient experienced psychotic episodes around that time and may have been unaware of what she was doing when she crashed her car. The defense is hoping to convince jurors that Janene Johns, 53, was unconscious in mind, not body, when she lost control of her 2006 Lexus in Aug. 23, 2006 and fatally struck...
May 30, 2013
Death was but a few moments from Pete Statti as he lay face down in the water in Huntington Beach three months ago when he experienced a life-altering surfing accident. Angels must've been watching over him, he now thinks, as a fellow surfer turned him over which helped him to regain air. Approaching so close to non-existence, but surviving, has been a cause for such a positive attitude now amid pain from rehabilitation to overcome back injuries. In addition, the USC Trojans, of the Costa Mesa National Little League Farm Division, have been a source of strength.
February 5, 2006
Experienced wave rider is recovering from a spinal cord injury that nearly paralyzed him.Newport Beach local Jeremy Ross-Duggan has surfed all over the world. He's hit epic waves in Peru and tackled more than a few cliff dives. An athlete with a ferocious appetite for adventure, Jeremy Ross-Duggan admits he's done some crazy stuff in his 43 years. With all the risk-taking, Ross-Duggan never dreamed he'd come so close to a life-threatening injury while surfing one-foot waves in the ocean where he grew up. Jeremy Ross-Duggan and his close friend, Mark Schmidt, were surfing Jan. 29 near the Newport Pier when Jeremy Ross-Duggan mistakenly dove into shallow water and hit his head on a sandbar.