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March 2014 Archives

Skydiver's death may be case of not taking every precaution

A veteran of more than 1,000 skydiving jumps died over the weekend in San Diego. The owner of the skydiving company where the man worked says the man might be alive today if he had not opted to make his last jump without the benefit of a computer chip device that would have opened his parachute automatically in an emergency.

No jail time for father and son in elder abuse death conviction

Prosecutors did not get what they wanted. Elder care reform advocates are upset, too. The source of the disappointment is a judge's decision to sentence the father and son operators of a Vista, California, assisted living facility to four years of probation after they were convicted of causing the death of an 85-year-old resident by neglect.

Loved ones say felony charge proper for fatal motorcycle crash

The loved ones of 37-year-old Darin Steffey say they are seeking justice for his unnecessary and untimely death. They say they got a start on that score last week when a judge ordered the woman accused of killing him to stand trial for gross vehicular manslaughter.

Which GM should be liable for accidents due to faulty switches?

There are some 1.6 million General Motors cars on the road that may have faulty ignition switches in them. We're sure some of them must be cruising around San Diego. The company says the faulty switches can suddenly turn the motor of the car off, even as it is underway, creating a hazard. A recall has been announced and fixes are expected to begin starting next month.

When it comes to distracted driving in CA, map apps not included

The issue of driver distraction is a big one in California and the rest of the country. Nearly every state has some sort of law on the books aimed at curbing cellphone use. The scope of restrictions may vary, but the focus tends to be on limiting cellphone chatting or texting.

Search for survivors goes on in gas leak blast that has killed 7

Earth shattering occurrences are more likely to be associated with Southern California because of its various fault lines. But a sensation like an earthquake is just how one man describes the blast in Manhattan's East Harlem Wednesday morning.

4-year-old awaits reconstructive surgery after dog attack

Too many dog owners fail to educate themselves about the particular lifestyles their pets will require in order to be healthy and friendly. For example, if a dog whose breed is known for an active lifestyle is chained to an anchor in a yard, then there is a good chance that the animal will develop aggressive tendencies. Dog owners can also neglect to properly socialize their pets, and unfortunately, serious dog bites often result.

Driver in boy's apparent wrongful death gets a year behind bars

"This man basically killed me." Those were the words of a father recently -- offered to the court during the sentencing of the 33-year-old man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The victim in the apparent case of wrongful death was the father's 3-year-old son.

With criminal action over, focus turns to Stow brain injury suit

Bryan Stow and his family have had their day in one court. They have another yet to come, but it won't be until May. That trial will determine whether and to what extent the Los Angeles Dodgers may be held liable for the permanent brain injury Stow now endures because of a beating he suffered after attending baseball game at Dodger stadium.

Boating safety: You might mandate it. Is it worth it?

When you get into a motor vehicle and take to the road, the law requires everyone on board to be properly restrained. There are a few exceptions, but it is the rule for the vast majority of situations. The reason for the mandate in California is the recognition that restraint systems save lives.

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