405 Freeway Car Fire, Crash Snarl Sepulveda Pass Commute

Official: No mechanical issues in Walker car crash

20, 2013. (KABC Photo) Tags: Report a typo LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Two accidents on the northbound and southbound 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass snarled traffic for hours Friday morning. Both accidents occurred almost directly across from each other near the Valley Vista exit leading to Ventura Boulevard. The first incident, which resulted in a car fire, occurred on the southbound lanes at about 6:20 a.m. The accident shut down the carpool and two other lanes, according to CHP. All southbound lanes have since reopened. About 15 minutes later, the second crash occurred in the northbound lanes. One person died and two others were transported to area hospitals in serious condition, authorities said. This crash involved four vehicles and shut down three southbound lanes. All lanes did not reopen until 11:30 a.m. The name of the deceased individual was withheld pending family notification. It’s possible that smoke from the car fire distracted northbound drivers, triggering the fatal accident.
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Daghestani Deputy Prime Minister Killed In Car Crash

Daghestani Deputy Prime Minister Gadji Makhachev

Police say that Gadji Makhachev and two other people were killed in the accident on the evening of December 19. Makhachev died in an ambulance. His wife and three children were taken to a hospital. Daghestani police officials said Makhachevs vehicle collided head-on with a minibus. After the collision, the cars overturned and the minibus caught fire. The accident occurred on a stretch of road under repair. Moscow police say they have opened a criminal case over the accident. Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS
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Emergency personnel gather near the scene of a fatal multiple-car crash on the northbound 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t firm up that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors. The official would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. The sheriff’s office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman on Wednesday had nothing to add. Though the car exploded in flames, its three data recorders survived and may produce information to pinpoint the speed. If they produce usable data, the recorders would be able to tell investigators whether seat belts were fastened, air bags deployed and whether Rodas hit the brakes before impact. Because the car is so rare, investigators will need Porsche’s help to retrieve the data. A spokesman for the car company declined to comment. The official said sheriff’s investigators also have enlisted the help of California Highway Patrol accident reconstruction specialists, who tested the brakes on the wrecked car and found that at least one of the tires was made in 2004.
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Official: No mechanical issues in Paul Walker car crash

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t disclose that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors. The official would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. The sheriff’s office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman on Wednesday had nothing to add. Though the car exploded in flames, its three data recorders survived and may produce information to pinpoint the speed.
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Veterans at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

Many veterans survive war zones because they employ driving behaviors while deployed that aid them in avoiding injuries; however, when they return home they find it difficult to adjust to everyday driving rules and practices and, according to the statistics, are involved in more auto accidents. The Philadelphia auto accident lawyers at Lessin & Gompers recognize that attention to this increased risk is necessary to prevent car crashes involving military veterans and to avoid the resulting personal injuries. Factors that Affect the Increase in Car Accidents The study reported a 13 percent increase in at-fault car accidents during the first six months after troops in all areas of the armed forces return home. However, the branch, the soldiers age, the number of times deployed and the duration of the deployments affect who is likely to be at an increased risk. A further break down of the analyzed data showed that the greatest increase of at-fault car crashes was among Army veterans. 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.
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