This Week In The News: 01/05/2019-01/11/2019

1. Tesla T-Bones Motorists and Slams Into Parking Cars in Whittier

Sunday, January 6 – OnSceneTV reported a Tesla Model 3 t-boned a motorist, and then crashed into several parked cars at the intersection of Baily Street and Pickering Avenue. The accident occurred at around 10:50 p.m. Multiple vehicles were severely damaged, although no injuries were reported. Officers were investigating if the vehicle was in self-driving mode at the time.

2. 2018: Population Drops by Two-Thirds in Los Angeles County

Friday, December 28 – According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the population of Los Angeles County rose 17,100, year ending July 1, representing a 0.17 percent increase. Based on a 5-year average of +54,198, the growth rate is down 68.4 percent. Some believe this may have a positive impact on neighborhood and road congestion, although various businesses thrive on population expansion.

3. Pedestrian Struck on Freeway in Los Angeles

Sunday, January 6 – A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while walking on the northbound side of the I-110 Freeway, according to OnSceneTV. The accident occured near Florence Avenue at about 11:20 p.m. Officers and firefighter paramedics performed CPR on the woman, although she died on the scene. The driver remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities.

4. Man Shot Inside Marijuana Dispensary in Los Angeles

Sunday, January 6 – L.A. Cannabis News reported a man was shot inside an East Los Angeles marijuana dispensary on the 1300 block of South Atlantic Boulevard. The adult male was treated by paramedics and then transported to USC Medical Center. Authorities were investigating whether the shooting was related to a robbery.

5. Motorcyclists Killed on 73 Freeway in Newport Beach

Saturday, January 5 – According to The Orange County Register, a motorcyclist was killed as a result of a crash on MacArthur Boulevard. A California Highway Patrol Dispatcher said the crash occurred just before 2:15 a.m. and didn’t know which direction the motorcyclist was heading. A coroner’s office representative was called to the scene at 3:36 a.m.

6. Hit and Run Driver Drags Pedestrian in Long Beach

Tuesday, January 8 – A driver of a cargo van struck, dragged, and killed 79-year-old Elias Sanchez in Long Beach, while he was crossing South Street at Paramount Boulevard. According to CBS Los Angeles, the victim was in a marked crosswalk with a walk signal. The van (a 1994 to 2009 Ford E series with a rear ladder and green writing, based on surveillance photos) was turning north onto Paramount when it struck him, dragging him 900 feet before fleeing. A 2004 GMC Yukon struck the man afterward; the driver of that vehicle contacted police.

7. Styrofoam Now Banned in San Diego

Tuesday, January 8 – A new ordinance bans polystyrene and plastic foam take-out food containers, making San Diego the largest city in California to ban Styrofoam products, according to NBC 7. The San Diego City Council passed the ordinance in a 6-3 vote. Although the ordinance will likely take effect in April, restaurants can petition the Environmental Services Department for a waiver.

8. PG&E Still Dealing with The Fallout of Northern California Wildfires

Tuesday, January 8 – ABC 7 in New York reported S&P slashed PG&E’s credit rating to junk status, following the power company’s political and financial fallout related to the deadly Camp Fire. Amid bankruptcy speculation, the agency reduced PG&E’s rate from B to BBB-. Investigators are still looking into whether a failed transmission line sparked the fire.

9. Head-On Collision Kills Motorcyclist in Roseville

Thursday, January 10 – According to CBS Sacramento, a blue Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle collided head-on with a Toyota Highlander, as the motorcycle crossed into oncoming traffic on industrial Avenue in Roseville. The 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed in the accident.

10. Body Found in Lanes on 405 in Orange County

Thursday, January 10 – KABC reported a deceased person was found on the southbound 405 Freeway near Brookhurst. Authorities received a call from a motorist after 8 p.m., who had struck the body, which was already on the roadway. As a result, three lanes of traffic were closed on the freeway.