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Airlines Slapped with $6 Million Lawsuit for Wrongful Death of Morbidly Obese Woman

By Brian Chase on February 4, 2013 - No comments

In a follow up to a press release posted in November, the husband of Vilma Soltesz, a morbidly obese woman who died in Hungary while waiting for a flight home to the United States, has filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit against three major airlines. According to an ABC News report, the suit that was filed in New York City, names Delta Airlines, KLM and Lufthansa.

According to court documents, Vilma Soltesz and her husband, Janos Soltesz, flew from New York in mid-September to Budapest, Hungary, connecting through Amsterdam. They purchased three seats in all – two for Vilma and one for Janos. In early October, the couple tried to return when Vilma Soltesz began to feel ill. Soltesz weighed 407 pounds, had an amputated leg and was wheelchair-bound. …Read the rest »

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Skateboarder Killed in Suspected Orange County DUI Collision

By Brian Chase on January 15, 2013 - No comments

Anthony Duran, 14, was killed in an Orange County DUI accident after a suspected drunk driver struck him. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the skateboardfatal pedestrian accident occurred on Rose Drive near Castner Drive in Placentia, the night of January 11, 2013.

Police say the boy was riding his skateboard north on Rose Drive when a vehicle hit him. The driver of the car was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, but was released pending further investigation. Police are also looking into whether speed was a factor. Duran was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

DUI Collisions

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 17 injuries involving DUI crashes in Placentia. In Orange County as a whole, 45 people were killed and 1,317 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes during the same year.  …Read the rest »

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Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit of Fungal Meningitis Victim

By Brian Chase on November 10, 2012 - No comments

A widow whose husband died from the fungal meningitis outbreak from contaminated steroid injection has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. This is the first wrongful death suit that has been filed since the outbreak happened.

According to news reports,  Diana Rohrer’s filed the complaint in Elkhart, Indiana against the New England Compounding Center and its sister companies – Ameridose, LLC and Aluanus Pharmaceutical LLC. The lawsuit seeks damages, including medical expenses, burial expenses, lost income, loss of love and services and loss of consortium and punitive damages.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of Nov. 5, there were 29 deaths and 404 infections spread over 19 states. Federal investigators are still looking into how the steroid injections, Methylprednisolone acetate, became contaminated and were allowed to be marketed and used on patients. …Read the rest »

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Pedestrian Killed in Santa Ana Car Accident

By Brian Chase on November 7, 2012 - No comments

Leopoldo Aguirre, 67, was fatally injured in a Santa Ana car accident after he was hit by a vehicle at a street intersection, the evening of November 4, 2012. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the pedestrian accident occurred at Raitt Street and Monte Vista. Police say Aguirre was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries that night. The driver of the Ford Taurus that struck Aguirre remained at the scene. Alcohol did not appear to have been a factor and no arrests or citations were reported.  santa ana pedestrian accident

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Leopoldo Aguirre for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Crash Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 134 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana. During the same year, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to Orange County pedestrian accidents. …Read the rest »


Family of Fatal Motorcycle Accident Victim Seeks Answers

By Brian Chase on October 8, 2012 - No comments

Blair Marcus Proulx, 51, was killed in a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident the evening of October 5, 2012, and his family members are still searching for answers as to how or why this tragedy occurred. According to a news report in The Signal, the fatal motorcycle crash happened in a residential neighborhood on Alta Knoll Drive near Elder Creek Drive. Officials are looking into everything from whether Proulx suffered a medical condition, to whether he may have hit something on the side of the street. Officials say he was not going fast at the time of the crash. So far, investigators do not believe that any other vehicles were involved. The investigation is still ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Blair Marcus Proulx, who apparently died less than a week before his 52nd birthday. Please keep his grieving family members in your thoughts and prayers.

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Man Killed in Head-On Collision with Suspected Drunk Driver

By Brian Chase on October 4, 2012 - No comments

Ramon Celaya, 20, died from injuries sustained in a Riverside car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the DUI crash occurred the night of September 29, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Celaya was driving along Highway 74 near Winchester Road. At the time, 26-year-old Edilberto Sixtos was fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run collision when he crossed over the double yellow line and veered into Celaya’s Toyota Tacoma.

Celaya, Sixtos and two teenagers were transported to an area hospital with major injuries. Sixtos was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run causing injury. Celaya died from his injuries the evening of October 2, 2012. Officials expect to file more charges against Sixtos in connection with the fatal collision.

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