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MONTROSE — A 49-year-old man was in serious condition Saturday after he was struck by an SUV and thrown 70 feet while crossing a street here on New Year’s day, police said.
The Glendale Police Department is continuing a search for the driver of the SUV, who fled the scene after hitting the man at about 7 p.m., Sgt. Dennis Smith said.
The pedestrian, a Glendale resident, was attempting to cross Montrose Avenue between La Crescenta Avenue and Ramsdell Avenue when a car traveling toward Ramsdell slowed down to allow him to cross, Smith said.
But a second car — the SUV — did not stop and switched into the center turning lane in an attempt to overtake the other vehicle, he said.
The SUV hit the man as he was crossing the road, launching him into the air, Smith said.
Witnesses could not pin down the make and model of the car, he said.
Sharon Shin, 13, was in an apartment on Montrose Avenue when she heard the crash and came outside to see what had happened.
“I went outside and I saw a man lying on the floor and then people were crying,” she said.
The pedestrian, who police did not identify by name, had suffered multiple injuries to his head and body and was in need of blood transfusions Saturday, Smith said.
“The focus at this point is trying to find who this driver is,” he said.
From the La Cañada Valley Sun
With drunk driving incidents up on surface streets in the foothills this year, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol Altadena office will ramp up their efforts to arrest drivers who are under the influence.
Five men were arrested by sheriff’s deputies in La Cañada Flintridge on DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher this past week, said Sgt. Mark Slater of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“Typically you see an increase during this time of year because of the holidays,” Slater said. “I’m not alarmed they’re going up [but] I’m happy we’re catching them. That’s ideal because we’re catching them before any collisions.”
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[Developing] A woman died this morning on the Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank after a piece of a Mack truck or road debris penetrated her vehicle’s windshield shortly after 8 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials said.
Authorities are still working to determine what the object was, but they said she was riding behind the Mack truck at the time of the incident. The object struck the mother, killing her before she arrived at a nearby hospital.
Her husband was driving and her children, who were in the backseat, were uninjured, authorities said.
The accident occurred in the northbound lanes. More information from the California Highway Patrol is forthcoming.
From the La Cañada Valley Sun
More than 100 teens and adults made a pledge at La Cañada High to not text messages on their cellphones while driving as the “X the TXT” campaign bus stopped by the high school campus Friday evening.
Allstate Insurance’s “X the TXT” campaign truck, a national campaign designed to make teenagers and their parents pledge they won’t text while driving, has been touring the nation, stopping by at La Cañada High during the La Cañada Classic, a high school boys’ basketball tournament.
“What this is, is a support of teen safety,” said Robert Feldman, an Allstate agent in La Crescenta who was at the site. “A teen is 20 times more likely to be in a serious accident while driving than when not.”
Pledgers were asked to dab their thumbs in blue ink and place a thumbprint on the banner to promote awareness of the dangers of texting while driving on Friday evening. Photos of the participants were posted on facebook.com/thumbsuppledge.
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From the Burbank Leader:
DOWNTOWN – Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who went on to serve as vice president of security and emergency services at Paramount Pictures Corp., has been named interim police chief for Burbank.
LaChasse, who is expected to take over the Police Department Jan. 7, last held the rank of deputy chief, where he commanded nearly 1,600 personnel in South Los Angeles. He takes over a department coping with external probes into police misconduct and several lawsuits filed against the city by current and former officers.
Current Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr is scheduled to retire Dec. 31.
“Professionally, law enforcement has been my life,” LaChasse, 61, said Thursday. “This is a difficult time and it’s really important that confidence be restored to the Burbank Police Department. You need that level of approbation.”
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The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station wants local shoppers to safe this holiday season and to be weary of offers that seem to good to be true.
The following list are tips the sheriff’s station wants you to keep in mind while shopping.
- Before you begin shopping online, secure your computer by updating your security software. Firewalls and antivirus software are the first line of defense, keeping your computer secure.
- Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Don’t respond to any requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses won’t ask for this information.
- Beware of bargains from unfamiliar companies. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address. They indicate that you are dealing with a secure website.
- Shop with companies you know and trust.
- Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as gift cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
From the L.A. Times
At least 40 homes are being evacuated tonight in the La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon areas of the San Gabriel Mountains as heavy rain continues to bear down on Southern California, stranding motorists, prompting flash flood warnings and sending minor mud and debris flows onto foothill roads.
Earlier this evening, the occupants of 90 vehicles were stranded on the Angeles Crest Highway because of heavy mud, and about 50 of them took temporary refuge inside a mountain restaurant. They and their vehicles were towed down about 6:30 p.m. by Angeles National Forest Service trucks, said Mike Noxin, an assistant manager at Newcomb’s Ranch restaurant, 27 miles up Angeles Crest Highway from La Cañada Flintridge.
“Everybody was just looking to get down off the mountain,” said Noxin, who took in the stranded motorists.
The highway had been closed earlier because of rain, but some motorists made it through just before mud descended from the wildfire-denuded mountains, making stretches of the highway impassable.
“We are in process of completely sealing it off,” Capt. Frank Reynoso of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said earlier today. Eighty-five firefighters were dispatched to the stuck vehicles while law enforcement officials directed traffic away from the area, Reynoso said.
Meantime, Rich Phelps of the U.S. Forest Service said at least 40 homes in the Station fire burn area were being evacuated. It was unclear whether those evacuations were voluntary or ordered.
[Updated at 7:44 p.m.: A spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said the evacuations, which cover 44 homes in La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta, are voluntary.
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