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Halloween Pedestrian Tips for Families

Every Halloween, people dressed in costume take to the streets in search of candy, haunted houses and general Halloween fun. However, pedestrian accidents and fatalities increase heavily on Halloween night. Below are some tips to help you and your family stay safe on Halloween.

Stay Visible

Before you decide on a costume, think about how visible it may be to a driver if you are crossing the road. Remember, from a driver's perspective, your scary dark costume may be hard to spot when you cross the street. High visibility reflective gear can lead to some fun costume design and help drivers identify you as a pedestrian. If you plan on wearing something dark, consider using a smartphone to help drivers see you.

1 dead after motor vehicle accident in California

A serious crash has claimed the life of one man and sent a woman to the hospital, according to officers on the scene. The California Highway Patrol is still in the process of piecing together what caused the fatal motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of Oct. 11. It is not clear at this time whether charges have been filed, but police are still not ruling out drugs or alcohol as possible factors in the crash.

According to the limited information provided by the official report, an unidentified man in Fresno failed to yield at an intersection with Highway 41, causing his car to crash into another. The second vehicle was transporting a man and a woman, though it is unclear which of these two people was driving the second car. They have not yet been identified by police publicly either, pending notification of next of kin.

California woman arrested in hit-and-run investigation

A woman believed to have caused the death of a 14-year-old girl is up on charges, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has reported the 55-year-old woman from San Bernadino has been accused as being the culprit in a hit-and-run accident that claimed the teenager's life back in September. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the woman remains in police custody at this time.

According to the report, the 14-year-old was crossing a street in a marked crosswalk at approximately 7 a.m. the morning of Sept. 28 when the accident occurred. The 55-year-old woman reportedly failed to yield to the teenager while traveling east at between 40 and 50 mph. The girl was allegedly struck by the vehicle, an SUV, and the driver reportedly sped off without stopping.

2 dead in motor vehicle accident in California

The 14 Freeway was the site of tragedy on the early morning of Sept. 29 after a serious collision killed two people, according to authorities. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of two women in their 60s following a motor vehicle accident involving a construction vehicle. Police have not yet determined the cause of the crash, but they believe speed may have been a contributing factor.

According to the accident report, just after 5 a.m. California Highway Patrol received word that a minor rear-end crash had occurred on the north side of the highway. While the two parties involved were exchanging insurance information, the driver of one of the vehicles accelerated rapidly away from the accident scene. She made it approximately a half mile before her vehicle crashed into an attenuator truck inside a closed construction zone, causing the roof of her vehicle to be ripped off.

Lake Forest Hit and Run Ends in Fatality

Late Monday night, September 24, Oscar Martinez was struck in a hit and run accident in Lake Forest. Due to the lack of evidence left behind following the accident, local authorities are struggling to determine how the accident occurred. The Martinez family has placed candles and flowers near the location of the accident on Ridge Route Drive. Anyone who may have information about the accident is encouraged to call the Orange County sheriff's department anonymously or otherwise.

Scooter Hit and Run on Glendale Boulevard

On September 5th, Edras Velasquez was struck while riding an electrically powered motor scooter on Glendale Boulevard near Waverly Drive in Silver Lake. Velasquez was left critically injured following the accident as the silver BMW fled the scene. Surveillance footage indicated there was a female passenger with the driver in the vehicle suspected of hit and run. After the initial collision, the driver put the vehicle in reverse in attempt to remove the stuck electric scooter. Velasquez was transported to a local hospital for life saving treatment. Currently, Velasquez is in a coma.

Autonomous Driving Meets the Railways of Germany

In Potsdam Germany, Siemens is putting there autonomous driving technology on German roadways, but with one major limitation. The self-driving technology will operate on railcars, thereby significantly limiting the number of options the algorithm must sort through. By reducing the complexity of the decision making, Siemens looks to improve its driverless technology through the trial period. Siemens would like their railcars to behave more human, i.e. slow down cautiously when a potential collision is ahead instead of slamming on the breaks. While the difference between these two actions may seem insignificant, the difference is noticeable in its effect on the transit system schedule. While many are excited by the prospects of bringing more effective autonomous driving to consumer vehicles, the Federal Railroad Administration wants to see some these technologies implemented in the United States. 

Car accidents: 2 dead, 2 injured in California

Two people are dead and another two are in serious condition following a devastating crash in Madera County, according to local sources. California authorities are still trying to piece together the cause of the accident that claimed the lives of two unknown individuals and critically injured two more, including a child. As with most serious car accidents, this incident is being thoroughly investigated by police and accident reconstruction teams. 

According to the report, a car with a single occupant was headed eastbound on Avenue 9 in Madera County when the driver, for reasons unknown, suddenly veered into the oncoming lane. This resulted in a head-on crash with an SUV carrying a man, a woman and a 1-year-old child who was in the back seat. The man and woman were reportedly not wearing seat belts and were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Is Your Carpool Lane Decal About to Expire?

If you bought your green vehicle before 2017, your decal may expire at the start of the new year, 2019. The HOV program that was designed to bring new eco-friendly vehicles into the market place has been since updated by California state legislators to allow electric vehicles owners to apply for new HOV decals if the they purchased their eligible vehicle in 2017 or 2018. Unfortunately, this leaves those who purchased eligible vehicles prior to 2017 without recourse except purchase a new eligible vehicle. Vehicles purchased in 2019 will have valid decals for carpool access through 2022.

Alleged drunk driver involved in fatal accident

A 29-year-old mother was tragically killed in a car accident on the night of Sept. 9, and the other driver is facing serious potential charges. Police in Hemet, California, confirmed the alleged drunk driver of the other vehicle has been taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He is being held against $75,000 bail.

According to the accident report, officers responded to a 911 call around 8:30 the night of Sept. 9, only to discover the woman's minivan partially on fire with her trapped inside. The woman had been headed northbound when a fast-moving vehicle driven by a 28-year-old boxer veered into the northbound lanes and collided head-on with her vehicle. The force of the impact crushed the victim's legs beneath the dashboard, forcing firefighters to use the jaws of life to extricate her. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

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