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February 2, 2012
Three cars were involved in a collision on Laguna Canyon Road near Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Thursday morning, according to Sgt. Louise Callus Traffic is expected to be delayed for about 30 minutes. There are no major injuries, just complaints of some pain from passengers involved, Callus said. --Staff reports
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | June 10, 2009
A 49-year-old Seal Beach woman was killed in a solo high-speed traffic accident Tuesday night in South Laguna. Her identity is not being released pending notification of her family, said Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Robert Rahaeuser. No one else was injured. At 9:47 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of an accident at Coast Highway near Camel Point, Rahaeuser said. The driver of a silver Buick Lucerne had reportedly been traveling southbound at an apparent high rate of speed, then swerved across the two northbound lanes and struck an unoccupied blue Ford van parked on the opposite side of the roadway.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
A Riverside man was arrested Saturday after a traffic accident, when police discovered he was reportedly under the influence and in possession of a stolen vehicle. Arthur Andrew Felix, 39, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. on suspicion of DUI and the unlawful taking of a vehicle. Reports came in of an accident at 5th Avenue and Coast Highway, where a Volkswagen Golf had crashed into a parked vehicle, Sgt. John Falk said. Police arrived at the scene and learned Felix allegedly took the vehicle from his place of employment, San Clemente Auto Body.
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By Cindy Frazier | June 2, 2009
An accident today at 3:46 p.m. in the 700 block of Laguna Canyon Road has resulted in a Sig-Alert in which all lanes of the highway were ordered closed for half an hour, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. “At 3:46 pm, we began receiving 911 calls reporting an injury traffic accident in the 700 block of Laguna Canyon Road, in-bound lanes,” Kravetz said. “It appears that a vehicle hit a bicyclist. We have called for two ambulances. There are at least ten different police staff out at the crash and four fire engines.
NEWS
May 20, 2005
Lauren Vane Anyone driving by City Hall Saturday afternoon might have thought they had come across a bad traffic accident. Two badly damaged cars with shattered windshields rested bumper-to-bumper as a team of firefighters worked to free victims from inside the cars. Paramedics stood by, ready to transport the victims to the hospital as the firefighters removed the roof of one car using the Jaws of Life. Fortunately, onlookers were not witnessing a real accident.
NEWS
January 30, 2004
Motorcycle accident makes 3 in 2 weeks A Garden Grove man was injured in the third traffic accident involving a motorcycle in a two-week period. Roy Harris Jr., 41, suffered a severe leg injury after a collision on Jan. 23 on Laguna Canyon Road at the Ganahl Lumber driveway. Harris' injuries did not "look like they're going to be life threatening," Sgt. George Ramos said. The other driver involved in the crash was 50-year-old Irvine resident Janice Kain.
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By Eric Sanders and Candice Baker | August 24, 2006
Hundreds turned out Thursday to pay their last respects to Max Caputo, the 17-year-old who was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Aug. 19. Police are still seeking the identity of the driver who struck Caputo on his bicycle at S. Coast Highway and Upland Road. Officers responded to the site of the accident that Saturday morning at 4:15 a.m. after receiving a report of an injury involving a traffic collision. Caputo was pronounced dead at the scene by Laguna Beach paramedics.
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By CHERRIL DOTY | February 16, 2007
I was almost to my San Diego destination on that day in January. A glorious day. Warm and sunny. Clear. I felt lucky to be there under the baby blue sky and was looking forward to spending time with my friend Kathi. As I watched for the exit ramp I needed to take, the car in front of me moved to the next lane. Time did something funny, slowing and speeding at once. There, about six car lengths ahead of me, traffic was stopped. I slammed on the brakes, bracing both arms on the steering wheel, backpack and clipboard flew off the seat next to me...
NEWS
March 3, 2011
My wife and I were on our way to see the doctor, when speedboarders were on our hill at Crestview Drive again. They usually visit our hill, between a dozen or so, their groups getting more and more numerous in recent weeks. Yesterday we witnessed another accident between a speedboarder and a sidewalk. I'm a former skateboarder, having skated with Steve Caballero in the 1980s in Eagle Rock. I'm in my 40s and my wife is in her 30s. In my opinion, speedboarding on narrow Laguna Beach streets is inherently dangerous.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a traffic signal along state-owned Laguna Canyon Road. LCAD President Jonathan Burke's request comes after 22-year-old Nina Fitzpatrick, a fine-arts student, died after she was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 8:45 p.m. April 3 in front of the main campus, at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Police said an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan struck Fitzpatrick, who lived in Costa Mesa.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Laguna College of Art + Design senior Nina Fitzpatrick has died, five days after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road, the college announced in a news release Tuesday. Fitzpatrick, a 22-year-old fine arts student and Costa Mesa resident, was hit by a Honda sedan driven by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the crosswalk adjacent to the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. She was critically injured and transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, according to Laguna Beach police.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
Laguna Beach police identified the pedestrian who was hit by a car on Laguna Canyon Road earlier this week, authorities said. Shahram Mokarami-Tehrani, 51, remains in critical condition at Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email Thursday. Mokarami-Tehrani, whose last listed address was a Corona del Mar P.O. box, was found lying in the road early Monday morning, an apparent victim of a hit-and-run, according to police. Mokarami-Tehrani was recently staying at the Alternative Sleeping Location, an overnight emergency shelter in Laguna Canyon, authorities said.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 27, 2013
Hundreds turned out Friday to remember Laguna Beach officer Jon Coutchie, a man who, many recalled, always finished what he started, didn't make a big fuss about things and was serious yet had a witty side. The stories recounted by friends, family and colleagues elicited laughs through tears during the memorial held for the 41-year-old motorcycle officer at Mariners Church in Irvine. Coutchie died while on-duty late Saturday. He was riding his department motorcycle near South Coast Highway and Cleo Street when he hit the side of a pickup turning left.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 9, 2013
The push is on for a stoplight in front of Laguna College of Art + Design. The college's president and a nearby building owner petitioned Caltrans to install a traffic signal where the current crosswalk - which only has flashing lights - sits in front of the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. "I've witnessed a number of fender benders," LCAD President Jonathan Burke said. "No one has been hurt, but there have been damaged cars. " Burke is working with a consultant in hopes of getting a traffic light installed at the two-lane road.
NEWS
February 7, 2013
Two Orange County men riding in a stolen car allegedly hit parked cars and a street pole at Pearl Street and South Coast Highway Sunday afternoon. Laguna Beach Police responded to the scene at 1:55 p.m. Eddie Reyes Martinez, 19, from Mission Viejo, and Jonathan Jesus Cordova, 18, from Laguna Woods ran from the scene, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Citizens in the area of Bluebird Beach and Coast Highway detained the men until officers arrived. Both men were injured and taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, police said.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
A Riverside man was arrested Saturday after a traffic accident, when police discovered he was reportedly under the influence and in possession of a stolen vehicle. Arthur Andrew Felix, 39, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. on suspicion of DUI and the unlawful taking of a vehicle. Reports came in of an accident at 5th Avenue and Coast Highway, where a Volkswagen Golf had crashed into a parked vehicle, Sgt. John Falk said. Police arrived at the scene and learned Felix allegedly took the vehicle from his place of employment, San Clemente Auto Body.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
Three cars were involved in a collision on Laguna Canyon Road near Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Thursday morning, according to Sgt. Louise Callus Traffic is expected to be delayed for about 30 minutes. There are no major injuries, just complaints of some pain from passengers involved, Callus said. --Staff reports
NEWS
November 10, 2011
A Laguna Beach man who was killed in a biking accident Saturday in Malibu has been identified. Robert Eugene Hyndman, 51, lost control of his bike while on a curve of Las Flores Canyon Road, about 1 mile north Hume Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was thrown head-first over his bicycle's handlebars and suffered head injuries. He was wearing a helmet, authorities said, but the helmet cracked upon impact. The road has many sharp curves and is challenging for even experienced riders, according to the CHP. At the time of the accident, Hyndman was riding with a group, which included his brother.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
A Laguna Beach Police Department employee has sued the city, claiming a poorly maintained road is the reason she crashed her electric bicycle and suffered bodily injuries. In an April 4 civil complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court, Robin Ellen Levinson, a community services officer, says she was riding on Eagle Rock Way in South Laguna at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 15, 2010, when she struck a deformity in the road, which caused her to lose control and be ejected from her bike. The city of Laguna Beach filed a denial with the court July 8. Levinson, who was not working at the time, suffered a broken hip, shoulder fracture, abrasions and bruises, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
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