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Oct 12

Accident Report: Fatal Crashes on the Road

California Highway Patrol

It’s a jungle out there on California roads. This week saw some tough accidents, especially as poor weather conditions worsened the roads for the first time in months. Interstate 5 was the site of a fatal crash near Sacramento. In Los Angeles, a cyclist was killed by a sheriff’s car. Meanwhile, safety awareness is priority for the Bay Area town of Mountain View after a summer of pedestrian fatalities.  Continue reading →

Oct 12

‘Bad News Bears’ Remake Actress Dies in Crash

Bad News Bears

Sammi Kane, the actress who took over Tatum O’Neal’s role as pitcher in Bad News Bears, has died in a car crash. She was 20-years-old. Kane’s talent for baseball landed her the part in the 2005 remake of the 1976 classic. Services are pending for the young woman, who was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center very early this morning.  Continue reading →

Oct 12

Another Bad Driving Young Starlet?

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 14: TV personalities Kendall and Kylie Jenner arrive at Summit Entertainment’s ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

It seems Los Angeles can’t seem to get a break from child starlets driving badly. Or to be more specific, a reality starlet. Kendall Jenner, younger sister of the Kardashian clan and aspiring model, has been spotted multiple times swerving down the freeways while engrossed in her phone.

The young girl is only 16-years-old and has yet to cause any accidents. However, her age is a factor in her traffic offenses since drivers under 18-years-old aren’t allowed to use phones at all in the car. They aren’t even allowed to speak on the phone using a hands-free device because the demographic is so prone to distracted driving that causes car accidents.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Accidental History: Accidents in Space Flight

Space Shuttle Endeavour landing

Space Shuttle Endeavour landing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, the country is abuzz as the space shuttle Endeavour makes it’s way to Los Angeles for its retirement. Perched on the back of Boeing jet, iconic spacecraft looks small in comparison, but people are nonetheless excited to glimpse the vehicle that made it through the atmosphere and back.

Endeavour’s last mission was in May 2011. It was named after the British H.M.S. Endeavour that safely delivered Captain James Cook to his discoveries around the world.  The shuttle was created back in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in an accident in 1986. Here’s a look back at space-related accidents.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Los Angeles Parking Meter Cop Writes Ticket Early

A Honda Civic Hybrid used for enforcing parkin...

A Honda Civic Hybrid used for enforcing parking laws around Chinatown, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the battles of Los Angeles is the fight for parking. Not only are rates at a premium in the first place, whether you’re at the beach or downtown, the tickets will cost you should you forget to feed the meter. Meter maids are notoriously unforgiving when it comes to expired meters and other parking violations. There’s no grace period when it comes to paying for parking in Los Angeles.

One driver who returned to the meter in time was treated to watching the traffic cop write out the ticket five minutes before the allotted time ran out. The cop forges the ticket, but is caught by the owner, who documents the incident on video via his cell phone.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Bynes Caught Driving on Suspended License

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen in a police booking photo. Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Former child star Amanda Bynes of Nickelodeon fame just cannot stay out of trouble behind the wheel. The Hollywood starlet is earning a bad rep and taking the place of Lindsay Lohan for bad driving. This time TMZ caught her driving on a suspended license and smoking possible illicit substances in the car.

Bynes became popular on the Nick show “All That” and starred in movies like “She’s the Man” and most recently in a supporting role for “Easy A.” She retired from acting at 24-years-old only to come out of retirement and apparently get in a lot of trouble driving in Los Angeles.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Bad Genes in Bad Driving?

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is responsible for helping brain cells communicate and react to external stimulus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes it seems like bad driving runs in the family. It seems like one driver’s bad habits beget another. The natural explanation could be that learning from a bad driver makes another in turn. However, there was a study in 2009 at University of California Irvine that suggests a gene could be responsible for poor driving skills.

The gene in question is responsible for secreting a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which neurologists may refer to as BDNF. The protein is helpful in communication between cells and also affects memory retention. BDNF is meant to go help in the active areas of the brain during certain tasks like driving in order to facilitate better cognitive response.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Interstate 15 Crash Claims 1 Victim

Interstate 15.

Interstate 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those familiar with Interstate 15, or “the 15″ to locals, know it is one of the most dangerous interstates in the country. The road runs north and south between southern California and northern Montana, with a notable stop through Las Vegas, Nevada.

While many Californians use the 15 corridor for road trips to Sin City, it’s largely a truck route. However, more and more drivers are average commuters speeding their way to and from work. The 15 connects many in the Inland Empire to San Diego and Los Angeles.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Bad Driver: YOLO Tweets Before Terrible Car Crash

You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

Car crashes caused by bad drivers are nothing new on the road. Drivers on the phone, talking to passengers, fiddling with the stereo, putting on makeup, eating, drinking and just plain being dumb are a regular hazard for the rest of the world to avoid.

A terrible car crash that left five people dead was foretold by Twitter as one of the passengers tweeted YOLO before the car ran a red light in Ontario, California. For the uninitiated, YOLO stands for “you only live once” and has largely been adopted as the justification, hashtag and caption for reckless behavior in young people.  Continue reading →

Aug 12

Accident Report: Failure to Launch

Bad Driver's Handbook

Bad Driver’s Handbook (Photo credit: billypalooza)

These drivers didn’t get far before having to crash land somewhere. Here’s a look at a few of this week’s crash landings and other badly behaved drivers in the state of California. Some of these were better landings than others. Continue reading →