This Week In The News (05/13-05/17)

One Person Killed, Another Seriously Hurt in Accident at Port of Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 15 (NBC Los Angeles) – Jose Santoyo, 58, a maintenance worker at the Port of Los Angeles, was killed in an industrial accident Wednesday. The incident occurred at the 600 block of E. Terminal Way when a tire from a top loader exploded while employees were working, according to police. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka revealed the accident occurred during the ILWU’s annual “First Blood” event, which honors workers who have succumbed to fatal waterfront accidents.

Two People Killed in a High-Speed Lamborghini Crash

Thursday, May 16 (NBC Los Angeles) – A car accident involving a Lamborghini and SUV left 25-year-old Joel David White and 19-year-old Luiza Vaagnovna Karakhanyan dead in Encino on Wednesday night. Both were in the Lamborghini, which hit the SUV, struck a tree, and caught fire near the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, at Burbank Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue. Police say the sports car was traveling at over 100 mph at the time of the crash.

Study Identifies Small Used Cars as the Most Deadly to Drive

Wednesday, May 15 (Fox 35 Orlando) – A study by, an automotive research firm and car search engine, found that bigger vehicles are safer than smaller ones. The study involved an examination of NHTSA fatal accident reports involving 2013 through 2017 model year vehicles. The highest ranked vehicles included the Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Corvette, Subaru BRZ, Nissan 370Z, and Dodge Challenger. Sports cars were found to have a fatal accident rate of 4.6 cars per billion vehicle miles, and subcompact cars a fatal accident rate of 4.5 vehicles per billion miles.

23-Year-Old Compton Mother Killed, Brother in Critical Condition in Suspected Street-Racing Crash

Monday, May 13 (KTLA) – Bethany Holguin, 23, a single mother to a 6-year-old girl, was killed and her brother, 20-year-old Emilio Holguin was critically injured when their car was struck by a speeding vehicle on Saturday night. The accident occurred on the 300 block of 131st Street in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Officials believe the speeding vehicle that struck them was racing with another vehicle. The impact was captured by a surveillance camera.

Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Pedestrian in Fallbrook

Wednesday, May 15 (Times of San Diego) – A hit-and-run crash in northern San Diego County resulted in the death of a 71-year-old pedestrian Wednesday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, the man was crossing East Mission Road at Iowa Street, at about 5:00 a.m., when he was struck by a white SUV. The driver fled the scene, but the vehicle is believed to be a late-1990s or early 2000’s model Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL.

Car Tumbles, Smashes Into Big Rig On W. McFadden Avenue

Monday, May 13 ( – Two young adult men were critically injured in a collision near Harbor and W. McFadden in Santa Ana early Monday afternoon. The men were riding in an Acura when it was clipped by a stakebed truck making a left turn into a shopping center. The impact caused the Acura to flip over and skid into a semi-trailer while on its roof. Both men were transported by ambulance to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

Avenatti Hires Prominent OC Attorney For Embezzlement, Fraud Case

Wednesday, May 15 ( – Michael Avenatti, a high-profile attorney accused of embezzlement and bank fraud, appeared in a Santa Ana court Wednesday accompanied by notable Orange County lawyer Dean Steward. U.S. District Judge James Selna denied the Public Defender’s Office’s request to represent Avenatti on Tuesday, while Selna said he’d shepherd the case through to trial. So far, Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to a 35-count indictment, in addition to denying a charge of attempting to extort Nike for $25 million.

Trade War Rattles Southern California Industry Leaders

Monday, May 13 (The Orange County Register) – On Monday, economists and industry leaders in Southern California raised concerns that the growing trade war between the U.S. and China is beginning to affect the regional economy. They stated concerns about production costs and consumer prices. On Friday, the Trump administration announced an increase of import tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods. China responded Monday with an increase in tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. imports, causing Wall Street indices to plummet. The news has created tension at the Port of Los Angeles, where a reduction in cargo, economic activity, and jobs is feared.