This Week In The News (07/29-08/02)

17-Year-Old Pedestrian Taken To Hospital In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Vehicle

Tuesday, July 30 (CBS Los Angeles) – According to the Brea Police Department, a 17-year-old male was hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle on Tuesday. The collision involved a single vehicle, which struck the La Habra teen at Brea Boulevard and Lambert Road. After the incident westbound traffic on Lambert was diverted to the northbound lanes of Brea Boulevard

Driver Killed After Big Rig Downs Power Lines On 10 Freeway In Ontario

Wednesday, July 31 (CBS Los Angeles) – A semi-truck driver was killed Wednesday after he lost control of the vehicle and crashed on the westbound 10 Freeway, near Archibald Avenue, in Ontario. The crash occurred just after 3:30 a.m. After striking the median, the big rig hit a pole, according to witness accounts, causing power lines to fall across the freeway. The California Highway Patrol reported downed lines caused minor damage to a sedan, but the driver was not injured.

Gilroy Shooting: California’s Gun Laws Can’t Halt Flow Of Firearms From Other States

Monday, July 29 (The Sacramento Bee) – The mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday proves that, despite California having some of the country’s strictest gun laws, they’re only as effective as those in nearby states. Federal data indicate thousands of weapons are flowing in from neighboring states such as Nevada. Gilroy police say Santino William Legan, the gunman who opened fire at the festival, legally purchased an SKS rifle there three weeks earlier. California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other Democrats are urging Congress to enact stricter gun laws that reach across state lines.

Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Into North Park Strip Mall

Tuesday, July 30 (NBC San Diego) – An SUV lost control and crashed into the North Park strip mall on El Cajon Boulevard and Utah Street just after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. A driver and passenger in the vehicle were not injured. San Diego Police Department investigators say the driver was traveling between 50 and 60 miles per hour, weaving through traffic, and lost control at a corner. It knocked down several street signs before crashing into a store front window. Both occupants were wearing seat belts; the driver was taken into custody following a field sobriety test.

Speeding Suspect Taken Into Custody After CHP Chase, Foot Bail

Wednesday, July 31 (CBS Los Angeles) – According to authorities, an unidentified female suspect was taken into custody after speeding and crashing her silver Hyundai in Diamond Bar on Wednesday. A police chase began just before 8:00 p.m. and proceeded through the northbound 57 Freeway; during the chase, the suspect crashed into a vehicle in Orange County while a second crash occurred in Los Angeles County. The vehicle crashed near the 60 Freeway, after which the suspect fled and attempted to evade capture by scaling walls and running through several backyards. A male passenger was immediately apprehended, but the woman continued to run and tried to hide inside a home. No injuries were reported during the incident.

Navy Fighter Jet Crashes In California Desert, Injuring At Least 7

Wednesday, July 31 (WCBI) – A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashed in Death Valley National Park on Wednesday, injuring at least seven park visitors. It crashed near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake at 9:50 a.m. during a routine training exercise. The base is located in the Western Mojave Desert about 150 miles north of Los Angeles. There was no word on the condition of the pilot and the cause of the crash was still under investigation.

YouTube ‘King of Random’ Star Dies in Paragliding Accident

Tuesday, July 30 (Variety) – Grant Thomson, 38, was killed in a paragliding accident in Utah on Monday. The body of the star/creator of the YouTube channel “King of Random” was recovered in St. George, Utah, on Tuesday morning. His family filed a missing person’s report on Monday night, while officials located the body using a GPS locator Thomson had in his possession. Thomson’s YouTube channel had more than 11 million subscribers, while one video received over 26 million views.

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Extend Vehicle Dwelling Law

Wednesday, July 31 (Santa Monica Daily Press) – On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to reinstate a law prohibiting people from sleeping in vehicles overnight near area schools and parks. The law expired in early July. However, lawmakers extended it after activists testified it unduly punishes people who live in their vehicles. Currently, someone living in a vehicle and who parks within 500 feet of a school or park is fined $25 (which increases to $50 for second and $75 for subsequent violations).