Big Rig Crash Blocks Morning I-5 Commute

by The Editors on October 8, 2010

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A semi-truck that failed to negotiate the southbound Agua Hedionda Lagoon chicane on Interstate 5 rolled over Friday October 8, 2010 just before 3 AM spilling “small generators and other metal parts across the highway,” according to a story on Sign On San Diego.

Carlsbad Fire and CHP responded to the scene and closed three southbound lanes causing traffic jams South on Historic 101, in both directions on Tamarack, and Garfield.

This is the same spot where a passenger bus and four cars crashed on August 20, 2009. Not a great way to start the weekend.

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Elderly Man Slams Truck Into Carlsbad Home

by The Editors on October 5, 2010

An old man who reportedly “blacked out’ behind the wheel of his Ford truck plowed into a home near Pio Pico and Las Flores Drive this morning, according to a story in on NBC San Diego.

The wreck took place at about 10:15 a.m. near the intsection of Pio Pico and Las Flores Drive. Police said after the crash that an elderly driver blacked out at the wheel before slamming into the home. . . A woman who was home at the time was unhurt. She said the truck crashed into her kids’ bedroom and that she believes they could have been killed if they weren’t at school.

Good thing it was a school day, huh?

[Link: NBC San Diego and North County Times]

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Car Chase Ends In Carlsbad Crash

by The Editors on September 22, 2010

Two people were injured Wednesday, September 22, 2010, when a car chase ended in a crash on Carlsbad Village Drive near Monroe Street, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

Carlsbad police received calls Wednesday about four people inside a green Honda throwing objects at other cars near the intersection of Aviara Pkwy and Palomar Airport Rd. . . An officer tried to pull over a vehicle matching the description on Interstate-5. The Honda got off on Carlsbad Village Dr. and led police on a three minute pursuit reaching speeds of 70 mph, police said. . . The chase ended when the suspect vehicle collided with two other vehicles at Carlsbad Village Dr. and Monroe St.

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[Link: NBC San Diego]

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Woman Dies In Carlsbad Bike Accident

by The Editors on September 22, 2010

Susan Eiko Akana, 50, of Poway was riding her bike with her boyfriend on South Rancho Sante Fe Road on Sunday, September 19, 2010 when, according to a story in the North County Times, she hit a median and then:

. . . swerved into the fast lane on Rancho Santa Fe Road and fell. A northbound Nissan Sentra couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting her, the medical examiner’s office said. . . The cyclist was trapped beneath the car when police and firefighters arrived, Mendes said. She died at the scene.

Our thoughts are with Akana’s family and friends.

[Link: North County Times]

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Coyote Bar Patron Killed By Freight Train

by The Editors on May 19, 2010

A 51-year-old woman who had been at the Coyote Bar earlier in the night was struck and killed by a freight train Tuesday May 18, 2010 around 10:30 PM, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News.

San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Yancey says the woman had been jumping on and off the tracks moments before the train struck at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near Grand Avenue. Red lights were flashing and the crossing arm was lowered. . . Investigators say the woman had earlier been arguing with someone in the nearby Coyote’s bar.

The name of the woman, who was from Washington State according to, has not yet been released by the Sheriff’s office.

[Update: The North County Times has reported that the woman who died was Mary Agnes Cole of Oceanside, California. Not of Washington State as originally reported.]

[Link: San Jose Mercury News and]

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Carlsbad Woman Killed In Corvette Crash

by The Editors on May 8, 2010

Vette6Cal State Northridge senior Danielle Wolf, 22, of Carlsbad died early Thursday morning (May 6, 2010) in what the LA Times described as a “grisly Corvette crash” in Van Nuys, California. The wreck also claimed the lives of three other passengers including the driver Kristin Norris, 22.

The yellow 2007 Chevy Corvette was traveling at high speeds when it hit a guard rail on Roscoe Boulevard shortly after midnight, said Officer Gregory Baek of the Los Angeles Police Department. The car skidded several hundred feet, crossed some railway tracks and came to rest upside down, he said. . . The bodies of two men and a woman were found scattered around the car, he said. It was not immediately clear whether they were passengers or pedestrians. . . . A fourth body, found pinned inside the vehicle, was believed to be that of the driver, Baek said. He could not say whether it was a man or a woman.

Southern California Public Radio says the names of those who died in the crash were released on Friday May 7, 2010. According to the Cal State Northridge Daily Sundial Wolf’s parents issued the following statement:

“Our daughter, Danielle Wolf, loved her college years at CSUN, especially the time she spent in her sorority Alpha Phi, the friends she made, and the memories that she’ll always have with her. We know that Danielle cherished each and every one of her CSUN friends and we thank you for supporting her during her college experience. . . “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the other victims involved in this tragedy, and we will continue to support each other through this time of mutual loss. . . . We appreciate all the love, prayers and support that we’ve received from the CSUN community and Danielle’s surviving friends and we thank you for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Our thoughts are with the Wolf family.

[Links:, LA Times, Southern California Public Radio, and Daily Sundial]

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Teen Plows Through Barraccades Into Excavator

by The Editors on April 16, 2010

Img 7504Early Thursday morning (April 15, 2010) a 17-year-old girl driving a Ford F-150 truck plowed into these signs and into excavator on the closed portion of Historic 101 just south of the Hilton Garden Inn, according to a story in the North County Times.

About 1 a.m., police found the driver trapped in a Ford F-150 about 2100 feet past several closed road signs, Reno said. Without slowing, she had driven through orange barrel barricades and a chain link fence. Still going full speed, the truck dragged the fence before becoming lodged under a large excavator, he said. . . Carlsbad firefighters freed the teen, and she was taken by helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Reno said. Later Thursday, she was in stable condition but facing reconstructive surgery, the lieutenant said. Her name was not released.

As we were just telling a friend: there are very few good reasons to ever drive after midnight.

[Link: North County Times]

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Teen Killed In El Camino Hit & Run

by The Editors on March 6, 2010

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Last night, Friday, March 5, 2010 at approximately 9:45 PM Steven Anthony Kelley, 18, of Carlsbad was hit and killed by a car on El Camino Real near Cassia Road, according to a story on Fox 5 San Diego. The car did not stop

Carlsbad police officer on patrol at 9:45 p.m. Friday saw a man lying in the road at El Camino Real and Cassia Road. He thought a certain vehicle had just run over the man, so he stopped the driver and called for paramedics. . . .Accident investigators later determined that the victim had been struck first by some earlier, unknown motorist, police Lt. Jarlath Eppel said.

Kelley was transported toward McClellan- Palomar Airport for an Lifeflight to a hospital but was pronounced death along the way, according to the story. Our thoughts are with Steven’s family and friends. Anyone with information should contact investigators at (760) 931-2197.

[Link: Fox 5 San Diego and SoCalImages]

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Roll Over At The Carlsbad Inn

by The Editors on January 6, 2010


We’ve had wonderful nights at the Carlsbad Inn (thanks to termites) and we love rolling over and looking out the window at the parking lot below. But we rolled over in bed, not in a car like “two elderly sisters” did on Monday night, January 4, 2010, according to a story in the North County Times.

The 79-year-old driver apparently had her foot on the gas pedal when she released the emergency brake, causing the car to lurch forward, hit a tree and flip onto its side, said Carlsbad police Lt. Bruce May. . . The crash happened at about 8:35 p.m. on the 3000 block of Carlsbad Boulevard, May said.. . .The driver was taken to a hospital after suffering minor injuries; her 82-year-old sister was not hurt, May said.

The two sisters where apparently on their way to the hospital after a third sister began choking during dinner and was transported by ambulance.

[Link: North County Times Photo: SoCalImages]

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Carlsbad Man Crashes On I-5, Woman Dies

by The Editors on December 21, 2009

Kanishka Jain, 23, of Carlsbad was driving north on Interstate-5 near Coalinga, California at 8:30 PM Friday December 18, 2009 when 2007 Toyota Scion he was driving “drifted off the roadway and overturned” killing Tanvi Jain, 22, of New Delhi, India, according to a story in the Fresno Bee. The woman was not wearing a seatbelt.

Jain and another passenger, Tanay Jain, 21, of Carlsbad, sustained moderate injuries, the CHP said. Both were wearing seatbelts. . . The CHP said an officer from another law enforcement agency had stopped Jain about 12 miles south of the accident site and given him a verbal warning for driving at 90 mph.

Our thoughts are with the entire family.

[Link: Fresno Bee]

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