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June 22, 2005
Marisa O'Neil A car crashed through a busy, strip-mall nail salon Tuesday afternoon, injuring eight people and leaving behind broken glass, twisted metal and gaping holes in the walls of two other businesses. The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. when a white Mercedes convertible was trying to pull into a parking spot inside a shopping center at the corner of Bristol Street and Jamboree Road, Newport Beach police Sgt. Bill Hartford said. The car lurched forward, hopped a curb, clipped a cement pillar, smashed through the front window of an empty business at an angle, crashed through a wall into the Lovely Nails salon and came to a rest with its nose just inside an adjacent beauty supply shop, fire department spokeswoman Katie Freeman said.
NEWS
October 6, 2008
A Placentia man arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence initially told police he thought he was in another city when he drove into a rehab home in Newport Beach, authorities said Monday. Bulmaro Ramirez-Castillo, 28, was arrested Friday night after Newport Beach police say he drove his car through a fence and crashed into a home while trying to make his way back to Placentia. Ramirez-Castillo crashed into the Pacific Shores Recovery home, 492 Orange Ave., Newport Beach, at about 9:15 p.m. Police said no one from the recovery home was injured, and no one from the location knew Ramirez-Castillo or was involved in the crash.
NEWS
October 18, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Three people were injured Wednesday morning after a car crashed into a Mexican restaurant, shattering its glass windows, toppling the salsa bar and crushing a soda machine, officials said. Kelly Malery, 45, of Newport Beach suddenly stopped by the side of Taco & Co. in the Back Bay Court shopping center on Bristol Street and then accelerated her burgundy Infiniti Q45, slamming it into the restaurant's window about 11:15 a.m., said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman.
NEWS
November 20, 2005
A small private plane, believed to be headed for John Wayne Airport, crashed off the coast of San Clemente on Saturday afternoon, likely killing the pilot and three passengers, the Harbor Patrol said. Shortly after 2 p.m., the plane crashed about two miles off the coast and sank in 200 feet of water, officials said. "I don't think we're going to have any survivors," said Lt. Erin Giudice of the Harbor Patrol. The single-engine, fixed-wing Cessna belonged to an Orange County business and the owner and three employees may have been on board, Giudice said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 25, 2008
Less than 18 hours after completing her jail term for a robbery conviction in September, a Garden Grove woman was back in police custody Tuesday morning on suspicion of carjacking a woman at South Coast Plaza. Anna Martinez, 27, was arrested in Garden Grove after authorities say she carjacked an Old Navy employee in the mall parking lot then crashed the woman’s car into the right shoulder of the 22 Freeway hours later. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday an Old Navy employee was unlocking the doors to the store when a woman approached her from behind and demanded her car keys, simulating that she had a gun underneath her jacket, Sgt. Bryan Glass said.
LOCAL
April 23, 2006
A Huntington Beach woman was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence after she crashed her SUV into a Costa Mesa apartment complex, Costa Mesa police said. According to police, Dana Lynn Burkhouse, 22, was speeding in her 2005 Honda SUV just after midnight when she crashed through four fences and collided with two buildings and a parked car on Maple and Victoria streets. A 2-by-4 board smashed through the windshield of her vehicle and nearly struck her head, police said.
NEWS
March 20, 2005
Driver arrested after crash in Newport A driver suffered minor injuries early Saturday morning when his 2001 Nissan sedan crashed into a guardrail and overturned onto its roof near Talbert Park in Newport Beach. Balasubramanian Ramachandran, 30, of Irvine, was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Ramachandran was driving westbound on 19th Street at around 1:15 a.m. when he failed to make a sharp right turn and crashed into the rail, according to Newport Beach Police Sgt. Mark Hamilton.
LOCAL
November 30, 2009
A 50-year-old man was rushed to Mission Hospital over the weekend after he was airlifted out of Crystal Cove State Park, where he had crashed from his bicycle, authorities said. Capt. Greg McKeown of the Orange County Fire Authority said the man was riding with a friend on Rattle Snake Trail more than a mile north of El Morro Elementary School, when he toppled over his handlebars and injured himself about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Given where the man crashed, it would have been too difficult to bring in vehicles to drive him out, McKeown said.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Deepa Bharath An 18-year-old Newport Beach man died Sunday in a traffic collision on the San Diego Freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said. Ryan Newman was driving northbound on the San Diego Freeway north of the Garden Grove Freeway about 9 p.m. Sunday when he swerved to the left and crashed into the center divider wall, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Reeves said. Newman's Chevy Tahoe crashed into the wall and overturned. Reeves said a Toyota Camry coming behind him could not stop in time and crashed into Newman's sport-utility vehicle, plowing about 3 feet into the driver's side door.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | April 19, 2007
High winds caused a sailboat to crash into a jetty and sink on Wednesday, authorities said. Witnesses who saw the boat go down did not report seeing anyone aboard when it crashed, according to authorities. State and local lifeguards, Coast Guard workers and Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol officers, though, searched the water near the end of Balboa Peninsula for any possible victims amid high winds and choppy seas, said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 2, 2014
A 3-year-old passenger was hurt when the driver of an SUV crashed into a closed Starbucks in Newport Beach, authorities said Friday. Police said Johnny Martinez, 33, of Tustin rammed his vehicle into the coffee shop at Campus Drive and MacArthur Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, grabbed the child out of the car and ran. He made it about a mile before officers caught him, according to KTLA-TV Channel 5. Martinez was unhurt, but the child...
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By Jill Cowan | April 25, 2014
All lanes of the northbound I-5 Freeway in Orange County were reopened late Thursday morning, hours after a multicar chain-reaction crash that left two people dead and four injured That collision in the northbound lanes in Irvine was so violent that debris was scattered over a quarter of a mile and took hours to clear, authorities said. The driver and passenger in a Toyota Camry were both pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:41 a.m. five-car accident. The Orange County Coroner's office later identified the driver as Sherry Butler, 46, and her passenger as Andrew Hays, 52. Both were from Rancho Santa Margarita.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
An apparently intoxicated Costa Mesa resident drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve and then crashed into a marshy area of Upper Newport Bay early Wednesday, police said. About half an hour after midnight Tuesday, the woman drove down a trail and broke through a barrier on the side of a bridge, dropping into the shallow water below, according to Newport Beach police and a report from KTLA-5. The driver, Amy Melissa Gibson, 29, of Costa Mesa, was the only person in the vehicle, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.
NEWS
By Mary and Cesar Cappellini | April 14, 2014
Our hearts dropped when we heard the news. A bus carrying low-economic high school students to a college tour in Northern California collided with a truck on Interstate 5. As we waited for more details, we thought about our Save Our Youth (SOY) kids who we sent on a college tour up north during their spring break. The news was worse than we thought. Numerous dead and plenty more injured. Although we were happy that our students from Estancia, Costa Mesa and Early College high schools were all safe in their two vans, we were so sad to hear of the deaths of so many kids and young adult chaperons.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday night in Newport Beach when he and an SUV crashed near Fashion Island, police said. The motorcycle and a Toyota 4Runner were traveling opposite directions on Coast Highway and collided when the SUV's driver turned left at the intersection of Newport Center Drive, according to Newport police Spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Police identified the hurt rider only as a man in his 20s who'd been on a Kawasaki motorcycle. Emergency personnel took the motorcyclist to the trauma center at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, but police said his injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 8, 2014
Costa Mesa police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana and small amounts of other drugs in a man's car after he crashed into a parked truck. According to a news release sent out Tuesday, 22-year-old Derek Felton of Chandler, Ariz., hid from police after he slammed into a silver Toyota Tacoma about 9 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived at the scene near 17th Street and Monrovia Avenue and saw the aftermath of the crash, including severe damage to the truck, but couldn't find the other car involved.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
A Fountain Valley resident was taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning with minor injuries after crashing her car in Costa Mesa, authorities said. The 67-year-old woman was driving a 2001 Nissan Altima west on Victoria Street around 11 a.m. when she hit a Southern California Edison utility pole, concrete city bench and trash can near the American Avenue intersection, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott. Responding officers found that the driver was not impaired. She was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
A 74-year-old Irvine woman accidentally crashed her car into a Costa Mesa business over the weekend, authorities said. Police responded to Liberty Tax, 2200 Harbor Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that a car had been driven into the building, according to a news release. The woman drove her black, BMW 535i station wagon over a curb and through the glass storefront, narrowly missing a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy seated on the couch in the store. The girl was treated at Hoag Hospital for lacerations to her left leg. The boy was also treated at the hospital for lacerations to his abdomen from flying debris.
NEWS
By Ari Bloomekatz | February 21, 2014
An international student at  UC Irvine  led authorities on a pursuit Thursday night that at times reached 122 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol. Yuan Zhou, 18, was arrested around 9:15 p.m. after a CHP cruiser maneuvered to stop the car on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  The pursuit began around 8:30 p.m. when Zhou's BMW allegedly blazed by a patrol vehicle on the northbound 5 Freeway at Atlantic Boulevard in the Commerce area. Zhou then transitioned to the westbound 10 Freeway and continued westbound, "weaving in and out of traffic, using the right shoulder to pass vehicles and driving at speeds up to 122 mph," according to a CHP news release.
NEWS
January 6, 2014
The driver of a Bentley convertible crashed into another car after speeding away from Newport Beach police officers during a routine traffic stop Sunday night, authorities said. Police stopped the Bentley's driver, Don William Jackson, 37, of Whittier, and passenger Gary Edward Sarria, 39, of Huntington Beach at Newport Boulevard and 20th Street at 8:16 p.m., said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. As an officer approached the vehicle, Jackson allegedly sped off toward the 55 Freeway.
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