Reports of deadly california bus accident and deaths that caused a statewide moratorium is nothing new, as is the frequent mention of them as a topic among the local news outlets who report on the topic, or among the media in general that choose to print and publish such things, as illustrated in this report by the Washington Post and on this blog. It is also nothing new to the public who are either unaware or have been informed of such incidents on at least a few occasions.
The details of these crimes are too numerous to detail here at this post, so here is a small glimpse into a little-known part of California's history.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times and later by CBS News, on May 28, 1972, three teenagers were traveling through Orange County when they struck cars. Three adult men were killed in the accident: James M. Meeks, 18; William J. Geddes, 28; and Eric Geddes, 16. After the men were killed, the third boy, Michael Haskins, survived the accident with the help of a "little girl" in his care, who died shortly after the accident.
According to the coroner's autopsy report, the boy suffered blunt head injuries, fractures to his neck, vertebrae and the loss of both kidneys as the result of the trauma to his body. His condition had been deteriorating since his birth, with the boy already having difficulty swallowing. There were numerous other medical reports on his condition, including blood tests conducted.
At the time of his death, the boy was in severe distress and did not remember the crash or what had happened. He had only been taken to a juvenile detention facility and would likely not return until the age of nine, as California law stipulates. As the story goes, a deputy sheriff was sent to the juvenile facility at that time to make an examination of the boy. After the examination, the child was pronounced dead from a hemorrhagic shock which was apparently the result of a severe head injury and severe trauma to his body. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced deceased, after receiving critical care.
This death is one of several such accidents involving youths in California that occurred during the past decade or two (in this regard, note that in the last five years, three people under the age of 18 have lost their lives following incidents involving "little girls"), as follows:
On July 7, 2006, a 5-year-old girl died after sustaining an injury that was caused when her 2-year-old sibling ran into a parked car, hitting her head on the seat while holding the child's hand. The girl's father attempted to call 911 after witnessing the collision, but an ambulance was delayed by 30 minutes because the child's family lived far away from the cras
Solomon islands gold ridge mine buyer walks away with 4.5bn shares
A major diamond mine buyer has walked away with about 4.5 billion shares worth between $4.6 billion and $5.5 billion after he lost out on another huge Australian mining deal.
Peter Wilson, from the Murray-Darling Basin company, spent the last 17 years of his life mining Australian diamond, earning him a reputation for being a ruthless competitor in the industry.
But he fell out with former partner Martin Wilson, who worked at Diamond Minerals, when Wilson ran into financial difficulties.
Wilson was left without much, if any, cash for his retirement, so in 2011, he sold his shares for $4.35 billion in equity.
The deal fell through and Wilson went on to pay out $400 million in dividends â€” worth a small fraction of the original $4.6 billion.
But he didn't have much left to invest, meaning he had to continue buying.
Since the collapse, Mr Wilson has walked away with about $2 billion in cash and no share price gains.
Mr Wilson was born in Australia to a mining engineer father and a former worker at the Dabur mine, near Woy Woy.
He was on strike for 12 hours in 2002, demanding higher wages in Australian mining, before being fired by Diamond Minerals.
Mr Wilson's father told a local newspaper in February 2003 he felt betrayed by the company.
"It was a great time â€” great for me, it was great for my family, it was great for my friends, it was great for the rest of the world, and unfortunately, it was destroyed," he said.
"You're not just a miner, you're a miner because you care. And so people who want to do the mining work do care.
"It is not my place to judge, that's a mine decision. All I can say is there was a time in my life when I did not care."
The collapse of Diamond Minerals had major repercussions in the Australian mining community.
When Gold Fields Investments, the company which owned the Dabur Mine, was sold, its CEO Steve Beeler said he planned to "use the investment to invest in Australia".
At the time, Mr Beeler said:
"There's a lot of talk about a big Australian diamond diamond mine â€” to be successful there would be a massive undertaking to make sure that every stone of every mine was taken care of and to get rid of overstressed staff and undervalued staff."
In Australia, there is not a real sense of responsibility around industry. - Mark O'Connell
Mr Beeler tol