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Man dies when hit by car in alleged Los Angeles-area street race

A 49-year-old man and his dog were killed in the Los Angeles County community of San Marino when he was struck by a car. The driver is suspected of engaging in a street race at the time of the crash.

The man, who lived in San Gabriel, California, and his girlfriend were walking the dog mid-morning when two cars were speeding down Huntington Drive, near Kenilworth Avenue, police said.

Tips to stay safer while walking on Southern California streets

There are few things more pleasurable than taking a summer stroll in Southern California's beach towns, breathing the salt-tinged ocean air and enjoying the breeze.

But before you head out the front door, make sure you are well-prepared to be seen by the drivers you encounter. Below are some pedestrian safety suggestions from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

Los Angeles woman killed when car crashes into her apartment

A Los Angeles woman was killed and her 4-year-old child was injured when a car barreled into their apartment as they slept.

The one-car crash occurred at about 5 a.m. in the 8700 block of Main Street in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood of South Los Angeles, the city's fire department said.

California joggers: Follow these tips to stay safe on the road

Jogging is terrific exercise, and some runners enjoy being outdoors and on the road in the Southern California sunshine before a hectic workday.

There are dangers to sharing the road with vehicles, though. Recognizing them, the Roadrunners Club of America offers these running safety tips:

  1. Keep the headphones at home. You need to be aware of your surroundings and that includes being able to hear the sounds of dangers that might not be in your immediate sightlines.
  2. Run against traffic to see oncoming vehicles. That will allow you to react more quickly.
  3. Stay alert of what is happening near you.
  4. Obey all traffic signals.
  5. Just as when you're driving, look both ways before you cross the street. When you need to cross in front of a vehicle, make sure the driver sees, and acknowledges, you.
  6. Carry identification and pertinent medical information with you. The association also recommends, at the very least, writing your name and phone number, as well as your blood type, on the inside sole of your shoe.
  7. Keep your cellphone with you as you run.
  8. Wear reflective clothing, or reflective tape, if you run before dawn or at dusk. Avoid running after dark.
  9. Write down for friends and family members the directions of your favorite running routes.
  10. On multiuse trails, be careful. Look over your shoulder before you cross the trail to avoid colliding with another runner or a bicyclist.

How to safely drive a motorcycle in heavy traffic

As a motorcyclist, you know that traffic patterns can change without notice. One second you're moving along on the highway, but the next you're stuck in a traffic jam on a city street.

If you find yourself driving in heavy traffic, here are five safety tips to follow:

  • Use your mirrors: While you can't rely solely on your mirrors, they can help keep you aware of what's happening around you. If you're changing lanes, for example, use your mirrors along with a quick glance over your shoulder.
  • Make yourself visible: It's important that all drivers and pedestrians can see your vehicle, even at a distance. So, if you're riding in heavy traffic during the early morning hours, use your headlights. Just the same, don't ride in a vehicle's blind spot for an extended period of time.
  • Stay in your lane of travel: Many motorcyclists get into the habit of changing lanes in an attempt to make better time. This increases your risk of an accident, so stay where you are until you absolutely have to make a change.
  • Watch for left-turning vehicles: As you approach an intersection, a driver turning left may not take the time to see you. This can result in a head-on collision, thus causing serious injury or even death. Take extra caution as you approach intersections by paying close attention to vehicles traveling from the opposite direction.
  • Keep an eye on the driving surface: For example, if you see a shiny spot on the pavement, it could be a sign of fuel or oil, both of which are slippery. Also, if it's raining or has rained in the recent past, the roads may be slick. Slow down and do your best to avoid standing water.

Follow these motorcycle safety tips this summer

Now that summer is almost in full swing in California, you may find yourself driving your motorcycle as often as possible. It doesn't matter if you're commuting to and from work or taking a trip across the country, there's nothing more important than your safety.

Here are five motorcycle safety tips to follow this summer:

  • Obey all rules of the road: From stop signs to traffic signals, it's imperative to obey the rules of the road, as any violation increases the risk of an accident with another vehicle.
  • Wear the appropriate safety gear: Don't start your motorcycle until you've strapped on all necessary safety gear, such as a helmet, gloves and riding boots. This gear can help prevent serious injury in the event of an accident.
  • Become a defensive driver: There's never a good time to drive aggressively on your motorcycle. Not only does this increase the chance of a crash, but it can also anger other drivers. Defensive drivers are much more likely to avoid trouble on the road.
  • Pay attention to the road at all times: It's easy to become distracted when operating any type of vehicle, including a motorcycle. You must always pay attention to the road and what's happening around you, as this allows you to pinpoint unsafe drivers and make split decisions to maintain your safety.
  • Watch for inclement weather: You never know when the weather conditions will change, such as rain or strong winds moving into the area. If this happens, adjust your driving approach accordingly. For example, wet weather reduces visibility and makes it more difficult to stop your bike. Slowing down can help keep you safe.

The real risk of distracted walking

Cellphones clearly lead to a lot of distracted driving. There's a reason that recent laws have begun to make it illegal all over the United States. Drivers who are looking at their phones are not paying attention to the road, and that causes accidents.

But don't assume that distraction is just a problem behind the wheel. The reality is that distracted walking is also becoming an issue. Take the case where a man who was texting walked into a wall or the one where a woman fell into a fountain. It's clear that people who are so focused on their phones are not able to watch what they're doing, even when the risks are very clear and obvious.

Scooter rider hit by car, killed in North Hollywood crash

A 20-year-old man from Sun Valley was killed when a driver in a red Audi convertible rammed into his scooter just after daybreak on June 6. The details of the violent accident, which was recorded on surveillance video, are disturbing.

The man on the scooter was stopped at a red light at Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street in North Hollywood, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reported. The video, which local media obtained, showed the Audi, which appeared to be speeding, plow into the scooter. The collision propelled both the man and his scooter into the air.

Hearing old stories can spark faster recovery for coma patients

When a loved one suffers an injury in an accident and falls into a coma, we largely rely on modern medicine to pull them through.

Emergence from a coma, which is a state of unconsciousness in which patients don't open their eyes, can take anywhere from days to years. But research from a major Midwestern hospital shows that when patients hear the voices of family members telling them familiar stories on a frequent basis, a speedier recovery is possible.

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