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Driver enters plea of not guilty in accident that killed 2

Approximately one year after two teenagers were killed in a Hacienda Heights car accident, the driver who caused the crash has pleaded not guilty. The 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty to both counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

According to police, the man was speeding in his Lexus when he lost control of his vehicle on an off ramp. As a result, the car subsequently crashed into a Toyota truck, cutting it in half. As a result of the accident, the two people in the truck, both 18-years-old, were killed.

Keep your dorm free of fire hazards

When heading off to college for the first time, new students will also be living on their own for the first time. That means that mom and dad won't be around to ensure their kids are being safe when it comes to all manner of issues -- including fire hazards.

Here are some great fire safety tips to teach your kids before they go off to school:

MMA fighter loses son in tragic drunk driving event

The 15-month-old child of Mixed Martial Arts fighter Marcus Kowal was pronounced brain dead last Sunday. The toddler was struck while riding in his stroller earlier this month by a 72-year-old female suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The baby boy was hit in his stroller while with his teenage aunt inside a crosswalk.

Kowal posted on social media news about his toddler's condition, saying that his son tried to fight, but medical tests indicated brain death at a certain point. He said that the tragedy left a void in his soul and the family planned to donate the boy's organs.

Tips for spotting a drunk driver

As a driver, you realize that you could be involved in an accident at any time. Even if you are doing your best to avoid trouble, other drivers can make a mistake.

While you may not spot drunk drivers often, it's a good idea to know what you are looking for. Here are some signs that a person may be driving under the influence of alcohol:

Common causes of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be entirely debilitating. They can lead to permanent disability and loss of movement. This doesn't mean they do every time, as recovery is possible with proper, timely treatment and rehab in some cases. However, every case is different, and the manner in which the injury occurs may also be important. On that note, below are some of the main causes of these injuries in California.

-- Falls. For those who are over 65 years old, most spinal cord injuries occur during falls. For the population as a whole, over 25 percent happen in falls.

Pokémon Go and distracted driving in California

It is virtually impossible for a Los Angeles driver to take to the road and not see another driver with his or her eyes glued to a cellphone. In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that 46 states -- including Washington, D.C. -- have created laws that ban texting and driving. However, the problem does not only relate to texting and talking. The problem also relates to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Maps, YouTube, Spotify and now there's a very dangerous new kid on the block: Pokémon Go.

The Pokémon themed smartphone application has taken the world by storm, and even though the application warns drivers not to play the game behind the wheel, many individuals are neglecting to adhere to this recommendation. For example, recently news reports have referenced a man who drove his car into a parked police patrol car because he was distracted by Pokémon Go. In another scenario, a teenager was accused of driving her vehicle straight into a power pole because she was playing the video game.

Pressure sores are a threat after a spinal cord injury

If you suffer a spinal cord injury and get treatment, it's important to know what other physical risks you face during that treatment. Pressure sores are one of the more common risks, as they can develop while you are bedridden, if you're not cared for properly. Experts note that daily skin care may be necessary.

The good news is that these experts also claim that a full 95 percent of the bedsores that people suffer from are preventable. You should do things like adopting a healthy diet, washing and cleaning your skin even when it's difficult, and simply moving and changing positions when possible so that one area of skin does not get an improper blood supply.

Mother and 2 daughters dead after struck by car in Placentia

A 34-year-old woman and two young children, aged 8 and 4, were killed last Saturday evening in Placentia when they were struck by a car while walking. The teenage daughter of the woman witnessed the collision, which happened at approximately 10:23 p.m., just after her family had walked out of their apartment.

Two police officers who were nearby arrived at the scene shortly after the collision happened. There, they found three individuals unconscious on the roadway. Paramedics quickly arrived to tend to the victims, but they were unable to save them and all three of the victims were pronounced dead at the accident site.

Road congestion comes with the return to school

Kids are heading back to school in droves, and it means one thing on the streets and highway of Los Angeles: even more road congestion.

First and foremost, school buses will be back on the roads, stopping to pick up children all over the district. Some kids will be riding their bikes to school or just walking. Others will carpool or get rides from their parents, who will rush to drop them off before heading to work.

How to prevent spinal cord injuries in children

A large number of Americans suffer from new spinal cord injuries every year. In fact, 12,000 new cases are reported each year. Among those spinal cord injuries, many of them involve child patients. Whenever one of these cases involves a child, it is particularly unsettling due to the fact that many child spinal cord injuries can be prevented with appropriate adult supervision. This article will take a look at several things adults can do to help prevent a child spinal cord injury from happening:

Reduce slipping hazards that could cause problem children. Keep houses free of throw rugs that can create a slipping hazard for running children. Keep pathways and floors clear of debris and make sure stairways and common traffic areas are well-lit.

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