2 pedestrians killed in Anaheim crash identified

Officials identified two men Sunday, Aug. 23, who were fatally struck by a BMW while crossing a street in Anaheim nine days earlier.

Girmay Girmay, 70, of Anaheim and Solomon Kedebe, 61, of Los Alamitos, on Friday, Aug. 14 were standing on a center divider along Lincoln Avenue near Aladdin Drive just before the crash, Anaheim Police Sgt. Steve Pena said. They waited for at least one vehicle to pass before trying to cross the street, but were hit by a silver BMW at about 9 p.m.

“It looks like the pedestrians didn’t see the driver, and the driver didn’t see the pedestrians because the other car was in the way,” Pena said.

Both men died before they could be taken to a hospital, Orange County Coroner’s officials said. Relatives and friends of the victims from the surrounding neighborhood gathered near the site of the crash as police conducted an investigation.

Residential parking is limited nearby, and many people who live in the area wind up crossing Lincoln to get to their homes, Pena said. He said jaywalking is not uncommon on that street.

The driver of the BMW coupe waited for police to arrive, Pena  said. Drugs or alcohol did not appear to have been factors in the crash, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said.

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Woman 8 months pregnant dies in Anaheim crash; baby survives

A pedestrian who was more than eight months pregnant was killed in a crash in Anaheim on Tuesday night, Aug. 11 and another woman was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The victim was walking on the sidewalk with her husband at about 7:36 p.m. when a Jeep jumped the curb on Katella Avenue, drove along the sidewalk for about 300 feet and struck her, police said. The jeep then crossed Bayless Street and crashed in front of a car wash.


A man in distress kneels and is comforted by bystanders following a crash on Katella Avenue near Bayless Street in Anaheim that left a pregnant 23-year-old Anaheim resident dead Tuesday, Aug. 11. The driver of the SUV involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. (Image taken from footage by Brentt Sporn, OnScene TV)

The woman’s husband attempted to perform CPR before she was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where she died, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said.

The 23-year-old Anaheim resident was in her eighth month of pregnancy, he said. The baby was hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit as of 10:45 p.m. The mother’s identity was not immediately released.

David Orozco told a videographer at the scene he was in the area when he heard a loud boom and saw an SUV speeding past. He rushed to the scene of the collision and saw a woman lying on the ground with injuries to her head.

“It looked like she wasn’t breathing anymore,” Orozco said. “The husband was checking the pulse, and when he did check, he screamed.”

The 40-year-old woman behind the wheel of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized, Carringer said. Investigators believe she may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. She was arrested and her booking was pending her release from medical treatment.


Police investigate at the scene of a crash on Katella Avenue near Bayless Street in Anaheim that left a pregnant 23-year-old woman dead Tuesday, Aug. 11. The driver of the SUV involved in the collision was arrested on suspicion of DUI. (Image taken from footage by Brentt Sporn, OnScene TV)

 

This is now a fatal traffic collision. An adult female pedestrian was killed in the collision.

— Anaheim PD (@AnaheimPD) August 12, 2020

OnScene.TV videographer Brentt Sporn contributed to this report.

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Passenger dies, driver hospitalized after crash on 5 Freeway in Anaheim

A person died, and another was hospitalized after a car slammed into a pole on the 5 Freeway in Anaheim on Tuesday evening, July 28.

The crash happened at about 7:40 p.m.  between Brookhurst and Euclid Streets, Anaheim Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Sandifer said. First responders encountered two people in a black Chevrolet sedan that struck a pole supporting a freeway sign.

The 26-year-old driver of the car was rushed to a trauma center. The 19-year-old passenger of the Chevy was “extremely entangled within the wreckage,” Sandifer said.

A firefighter was seen lying on the hood of the smashed vehicle while attempting to treat the passenger inside. Crews used pneumatic rescue tools and worked for about 25 minutes to free the passenger.

“It was a complicated extrication,” Sandifer said as orange sirens flashed and police investigated the scene behind him on the freeway. “Once that patient was removed from the wreckage, it was determined that it was a fatal traffic accident. It appears to be a young adult male who was killed in the incident.”

Orange County Coroner’s officials were summoned at 8:17 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol logs. The identity of the person who died was not made public Tuesday evening. Updates regarding the condition of the hospitalized driver were not immediately available.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Authorities shut down the right two lanes near the site of the collision while authorities conducted an investigation, Sandifer said.

OnScene.TV videographer Brentt Sporn contributed to this report.

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Pedestrian struck and killed in Irvine

IRVINE — A 52-year-old pedestrian was struck by an SUV and killed Tuesday night in Irvine.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Silkberry and Hazelnut about 6:30 p.m., according to the Irvine Police Department.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, the department said. His name was not disclosed.

The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said.

Alcohol or drugs were not immediately considered factors in the crash.

It was unclear if the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call Detective Chris Ostrowski at 949-724-7047.

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Man gets 9 years in prison for crashing car into La Mirada fitness center after cancellation of membership

NORWALK — A Whittier man who deliberately crashed a relative’s car into the front of a La Mirada fitness center that had canceled his membership was sentenced to nine years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Sergio Gabriel Reyes, 34, was sentenced immediately after pleading no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon — an automobile — on Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Reyes drove a relative’s vehicle to Crunch Fitness, in the 12800 block of Valley View Avenue, and crashed the car through the front window, nearly hitting an employee who was standing at the reception desk, on March 19, 2019.

Reyes fled the scene and was arrested soon afterward, according to Deputy District Attorney Robert Villa.

Reyes’ gym membership was terminated that month due to alleged inappropriate behavior, according to authorities.

He has remained behind bars since he was taken into custody, jail records show.

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O.C. deputies investigating robberies shoot at suspects in Burbank

BURBANK — Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department shot at robbery suspects in Burbank on Monday night, but no suspects were hit.

Deputies were looking for suspects “from recent strong-arm robberies,” and about 8:30 p.m. shot at suspects in a vehicle in the 3500 block of West Olive Avenue, near the Ventura (134) Freeway, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

A preliminary investigation showed the suspects may have tried to strike deputies with their vehicle, prompting the shooting, Braun said.

The suspects drove away after the shooting, then crashed the car, Braun said.

Two suspects were taken to a hospital.

No deputies were injured, Braun said.

 

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Pedestrian dead after crash in Anaheim

One person died after a pedestrian-involved crash in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

The Anaheim Police Department said at around 10:30 p.m. that Beach Boulevard would be closed for several hours between Orange Avenue and Ball Road due to a crash involving a pedestrian.

Information on the pedestrian was not immediately available, but police said the person was hit and killed in the crash.

Police said the driver stayed at the scene after the crash, and police were investigating.

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Police seek driver of car that hit pedestrian while fleeing scene of Anaheim street takeover

Police sought the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian while leaving the scene of a street takeover in Anaheim early Tuesday, May 26.

Dozens of people had assembled after midnight near Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue, where at least 15 vehicles were seen with their tires screeching as they skidded in circles through the intersection, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. Authorities responded to break up the gathering, and a red coupe was seen in surveillance footage driving away from the scene as police approached.

Investigators believe the sports car struck a man who was standing in the street, then took off westbound on Katella, police said in a news release. The victim was taken to a  hospital and treated for injuries that were described as moderate, and was expected to recover, Carringer said.

The vehicle involved in the collision may have been a Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ, police said. It did not have a license plate displayed on its front bumper, but may have had one on its dashboard.

Police asked anyone who might be able to help them track down either the vehicle or motorist involved in the crash to call APD Traffic Investigator Poer at 714-765-1474.

No other injuries or collisions were reported in connection with the street takeover, Carringer said.

“This one was actually on the smaller side compared to what we have seen,” Carringer said of the illegal  after hours gathering that preceded the crash. Similar events in Orange County and the illegal exhibitions of speed they feature have attracted hundreds of vehicles and people.

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CHP investigating after pedestrian is hit and killed on the 5 Freeway in Laguna Hills

LAGUNA HILLS — A pedestrian was struck and killed on the southbound San Diego (5) Freeway in Laguna Hills and the California Highway Patrol was investigating early Tuesday.

The accident was reported near the Alicia Parkway exit about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A caller told the CHP a pedestrian was running in lanes of the freeway and was struck by a vehicle.

Officers were talking with the drivers of a Toyota Camry and big rig, but it was unclear if either vehicle struck the pedestrian.

The Nos. 3 and 4 lanes of the southbound San Diego Freeway just north of Alicia Parkway were closed until further notice for an investigation into the crash, the CHP said.

The age, gender and name of the victim were not disclosed. No arrests were immediately reported.

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Hit-and-run: Jogger struck and killed in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A pedestrian jogging along a street in Santa Ana was struck and killed by a hit-and-run vehicle and the driver was on the loose early Tuesday.

Officers responded to a call of a person down in the 1900 block of South Raitt Street, near West St. Anne Place, about 11 p.m. Monday and found the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

It appeared the person was jogging and crossing Raitt Street at the time of the accident, the department said.

Police did not have a detailed description of the driver or vehicle.

A stretch of South Raiit Street near West Santa Ana Place was closed in both directions until further notice.

The age, gender and name of the victim were not immediately disclosed.

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