Woman Killed In Multi-car Crash In Tarzana Is Identified

Toyota Camry Regains Consumer Reports’ Favor After Crash Tests

at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Vanalden Avenue. Coroner’s officials identified the victim as Cynthia Grace, 64, of Los Angeles. Grace was preparing to enter the onramp of the south 101 Freeway when the driver of a 1999 Ford Taurus heading east on Ventura Boulevard rear-ended her 2003 Saturn Ion, said Det. Bill Bustos of the LAPD’s West Valley station. Grace was killed when her Saturn was crushed into four other vehicles in front of her. A fifth car next to her was sideswiped. In total, seven vehicles were involved in the incident, Bustos said. But the vehicle that received most of the damage was the Saturn, Bustos said. This was a horrible collision. Witnesses told police the man thought to have caused the accident allegedly walked over to the nearby Chevron gas station and purchased a six-pack of beer. The man was drinking beer when the officers found him, according to Bustos. It was unclear if the man was already under the influence of drugs or alcohol before the crash, authorities said. Bustos said the man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown as of Thursday afternoon. The driver has not been arrested because the crash is still under investigation, Bustos said.
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Official: No mechanical issues in Paul Walker car crash

The investigation also ruled out debris or other roadway conditions as causing the car in which Walker was a passenger to careen into a light pole and tree. “We’re looking at speed and speed alone,” a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told the Associated Press. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a speed range at which they think the car was traveling but won’t disclose that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month to extract information from onboard data collectors.
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The insurance group began rating front-crash prevention systems this year and built a test track where it can do the evaluations at 12 mph and 25 mph. Consumers who want both crash-prevention technology and the latest in occupant protection have a fair number of vehicles to choose from, Lund said in an e-mailed statement. We hope manufacturers will continue to incorporate front crash prevention, developing more robust systems and adding them to more trim levels or better yet, making them standard equipment. Poor, Marginal Sales of the Camry, Toyotas flagship model, rose 1.3 percent this year through November to 378,520, staying more than 40,000 units ahead of its closest competitor, Honda Motor Co.s Accord, and on pace to sell more than 400,000 this year. While Camrys upgrade removes one shortcoming, Toyota has had mixed results in recent evaluations. The Prius v hybrid wagon and RAV4 sport-utility vehicle had poor results on the IIHS test, and its new Corolla got a passing marginal rating. Toyotas willingness to rapidly address the Camrys safety issues confirms its desire to maintain the models position as an industry benchmark, said Karl Brauer, senior industry analyst for Kelley Blue Book, in an e-mail. The new car market has never been more competitive, putting constant pressure on Camrys position as a sales leader. Braking Systems Toyotas U.S. sales unit is in Torrance, California. The companys American depositary receipts fell 1.9 percent to $118.71 at the close in New York and have added 27 percent this year.
Please see the full article at: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-12-19/toyota-camry-regains-consumer-reports-favor-after-crash-tests

Camry Is Back on Consumer Reports’ List After Crash Tests

Since the tests inception, automakers that market on safety have redesigned models including Hondas Odyssey minivan to get a top rating in the test. What youre seeing is that the introduction of front-crash prevention systems is a relatively recent phenomenon as is our introduction of the small-overlap front crash test, Lund said. There are a lot of makes out there that arent doing well in both of those categories. Sole Minivan The Odyssey is the only minivan among the 22 winners of the top score. Vehicles receiving the accolade ranged from Mazda Motor Corp. (7261) s Mazda 3 small car to mid-size sport-utility vehicles including the Volvo Car Corp. XC60.
Please see the full article at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-19/camry-back-on-consumer-reports-list-after-crash-tests.html

Car, tractor-trailer crash in Bethel Township; man injured

Rescue crews work to remove a man from a car that crashed into a tractor-trailer Thursday evening on Mt. Zion Road near Shirksville Road in Bethel

The car crashed into the trailer, part of which was in the southbound lane, and became wedged underneath it near the rear wheels. Firefighters freed the man, and he was flown by Life Lion helicopter to the Hershey Medical Center. His condition was not available Thursday night because state police, who are investigating the crash, have not yet released his name. Other information about the crash also was not available from police Thursday night. A couple who live next door to where the accident occurred were watching television when they heard a loud bang. The woman, who gave only her first name, Ann, said there was a small fire in the car and her husband used a fire extinguisher to put it out. She said the truck driver appeared to have made a U-turn in the yard. Tire tracks were visible in the yard.
Please see the full article at: http://www.ldnews.com/local/ci_24761645/car-vs-tractor-trailer-crash

Veterans at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

Marines had the next highest increase, while Navy and Air Force members showed minimal increases. At-fault auto accidents drastically increased for troops who have been deployed numerous times and for those troops that had prolonged deployments. The study also showed that military personnel under the age of 22 had more auto accidents than those over the age of 30. Losing control of a vehicle and unfamiliar objects in the road were reported by troops as being the major cause for car accidents. Post-Deployment Anxiety to Blame for Auto Accident Increase University of Minnesota researchers contributed to the study by researching behaviors that cause returning servicemen and women to have at-fault auto accidents. They found that many war veterans continue to drive on public roads the same way they drove in war zones.
Please see the full article at: http://research.lawyers.com/blogs/archives/29259-Veterans-at-Increased-Risk-for-Car-Accidents.html

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