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Dee March 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Well, then you have a great memory. I was attempting to be funny about the posting. Enjoy theRead More rain!!! I love it!!!!
Steve Newman March 2, 2014 at 02:09 pm
OK then - I just take really good notes when needed
Judy Nickles March 5, 2014 at 09:16 pm
sad ,very sad for the baby, people likethat should not have children, sad life now whosgoing toRead More raise it.. hope a good person in family, foster not goodmany kids are abused there too very sad
Approximate location of death.  Courtesy: Google Maps
T 22 February 19, 2014 at 08:49 am
The name is listed in the Coroner's Press Releases.
Dana Arrington February 19, 2014 at 02:35 pm
Our FB group (Temecula Talk) started a fundraising campaign for the wife and 3 sons.Read More https://fundly.com/pearson-family-fundraiser?ft_src=fbshare
Delvina Fiducia February 20, 2014 at 08:59 am
Why has this article not been updated since the 18th? What ha happened to Patch??
Hall of Famer and former Mets announcer Ralph Kiner throws waves to the fans prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011.  Photo credit:  Getty
Joseph Morabito February 7, 2014 at 08:44 am
As a baseball fan, I knew of Kiner's feats. He lead the league in HRs seven years in a row. I thinkRead More I heard a few broadcasts of his when I was in my early teens... I think it was him that was doing the NLCS when it was the Dodgers and Phillies (I recorded it on tape... I bet that thing doesn't work anymore). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Still, as nice as it is to see this story... it's been on the front page of the Patch for two days now and it isn't even a local story. Safe to say that whatever reach Patch had as a local news source has seen better days... and that's no slight at Renee Schiavone. I imagine she's just playing the cards that were dealt to her.
Jeff Kleiner February 7, 2014 at 10:51 am
Ralph Kiner was also a great broadcaster. I enjoyed his voice many times. Any athlete leading theRead More league in Home runs for seven years is very impressive and dominate......Ralph will be missed all over baseball.
Marine Corps pilot Jerry Coleman.
Joe Meyers January 7, 2014 at 07:40 am
For us long suffering Padres fans, Jerry was always a beacon of light that took us through the manyRead More lows and the less frequent highs. No disrespect to Tony Gwynn but Jerry will always be Mr. Padre.
Doug Curlee January 8, 2014 at 02:22 pm
in addition to being what everyone says he was.. and more..jerry coleman was without question one ofRead More the nicest people ever to walk this planet..i know most conservatives can't stand keith olbermann, but go online and watch the obituary he did on jerry..it's amazing..doug
Joseph Morabito February 1, 2014 at 07:30 am
I missed this news when it first happened. How sad. I've always enjoyed Jerry Coleman's work.
Nelson Mandela (Photo by Barbara Kinney, AFP/Getty Images)
SA December 6, 2013 at 08:35 am
In 1997 I had the pleasure of meeting Nelson he was such a pleasant man… However, ourRead More president should keep his mouth shut as Nelson fought against tyranny when our president is practicing it. If Nelson was ‘white’ our president would not have said a darn thing …
Dustin Courts (Courtesy photo)
Brenda October 19, 2013 at 12:52 am
Randy!!! Thank you for that information. I am posting it here. I think we should sign these whenRead More we get licenses. "The Watson Murder Rule" In California, a DUI resulting in the death of another human being is known as a “Watson Murder.” The “Watson Murder” or "Watson Murder Rule" originated with the case of People v. Watson, in which a multiple DUI offender's prior convictions were used to prosecuted him for second-degree murder under the legal theory of “implied malice”. “Implied Malice” second-degree murder can best be summarized as follows: “I know what I am doing is dangerous to human life, but I don’t care, I am going to do it anyway!” “Watson Murder” prosecutions are generally, but not exclusively, applied to individuals with prior DUI convictions. An individual's prior conviction(s) often makes it are easier to prove "implied malice" because their prior conviction puts them on notice of the inherent dangers of drinking and driving. In almost all cases, the person has already attended alcohol educations classes where they learned about the dangers of drinking and driving. As such, what the person may not have known the first time they got a DUI, cannot be said for the second or subsequent DUI. As a matter of fact, in an effort to make future Watson Murder prosecutions easier, all California courts, including all Los Angeles and Orange County DUI courts, require a defendant to sign a waiver advising them of the dangers of DUI and the potential consequences if they do it again and hit and kill someone in the process. The advisement is referred to as "The Watson Advisement" which states as follows: I understand that being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, impairs my ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Therfore, it is extremely dangerous to human life to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both. If I continue to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, and as a result of my driving, someone is killed, I can be charged with murder. This way, if that person happens to drink and drive again, and in the process, hits and kills someone with their car, their is a signed notice on file with the court acknowledging they knew it was dangerous but did in anyway …implied malice has been established for purposes of a "Watson Murder".
Brenda October 19, 2013 at 12:53 am
Sorry for the 347am post, I reply to a few of you in it. :/
Randy Liss October 20, 2013 at 05:42 pm
Brenda. Thx for posting. I am not an attorney but I did quite a bit of research. This particularRead More murderer seems to fit the guidelines for a min sentence of 15 years. People with DUI's can and will continue to drive without a license. The only way to keep the citizens safe is to put the murderers in prison. If Angel Lopez gets out in three years, would you trust him not to drive drunk again?
Diyarbek Uzakbaev (Photo: Temecula Valley Unified School District)
layla larson September 19, 2013 at 04:03 pm
to all of you saying blame the parents need to shut the hell up. i know them personally andRead More honestly, this could've happened to any of those kids. those parents are going through a horrible time in their lives. today was the memorial/burial. his mother was crying over his body begging him to wake up and i couldn't even look at him without crying. he was all bruised up and his face was yellowish. and at the burial, it was just as depressing. so everyone saying it was the parents fault needs to shut their mouths because you don't even know the half of it.
Mary R September 20, 2013 at 12:21 am
I attended the memorial Thursday afternoon and was very touched by the outpouring of support. ThereRead More were many different religions there. The service was held in a neighborhood church that the family don't even attend but opened it's doors so the community could grieve. Those who want to blame the parents, think what you will but you can never say anything worse than what they are saying to themselves. Pray for them, for their peace.
scientist September 23, 2013 at 08:28 pm
"Donations can be made to the Diyarbek Uzakbaev Memorial Fun at any Wells Fargo BankRead More branch" the D.U. Memorial Fun? hmmm...the aticle doesn't make anything sound fun; not drinking, not driving, not even buying ice cream... my prayers to the family. that said, parents: do the right thing and never leave your child unsupervised, especially if you live on or near a well traveled street.
Terry Smith Jr.
DeannaLHL July 23, 2013 at 02:38 pm
So the DNA came back that the remains found in the yard indefinitely belonged to Terry Smith Jr?
some guy July 23, 2013 at 02:58 pm
what a shame this mother is trying to shut the city and father out of this tragedy
Alek J Hidell July 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm
The mother helped her mutant son cover up the corpse. How can she not have known? 75 feet away fromRead More your house..? "What you doing over there, Skylor?" yeah right...Put her and her lesbian partner in jail, too.
Russell K. Terry July 14, 2013 at 07:40 pm
The citizens in Williamson Valley at the base of Granite Mountain in Prescott send our prayers andRead More thoughts to the MacKenzie family. The Granite Mountain Hotshots saved out community and property from the DOCE fire. He is a HERO and will forever be in our prayers.
Monica Rochin and her son, Eddie. Courtesy photo.
Dancing with Ghosts July 27, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Noel Mayorga is out of the hospital and didn't spend a moment in jail! Unbelievable, drunk, racing,Read More ran a light, killed two people injured more. How can this be?
Brenda July 27, 2013 at 08:53 pm
WHAT? Seriously? RAWR the punk, and this is our system that lets him out to the comforts of home.Read More Just like they do every single drunk driver who kills. Doesnt matter if they are movie start or this sorry excuse for a human being, they all get out and this family will be lucky to see him get 2 to 4 years in jail. THAT is if he is physically able to be in jail right? Those few broken bones he had, lordy, those would definately cause him a problem being in jail for the 2 people he killed!! Whos body parts landed in a 5 yr old, 17 yr old children, and the grandmothers husbands lap! Yes God forbid we should hurt Noel by putting him in jail, arraigning him, charging him, setting bail?
Priscilla Monge July 28, 2013 at 02:53 pm
Donate to the Family : https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/13524
Christopher Douglas and family. Credit: Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Dept.
Temmom July 9, 2013 at 07:38 pm
So very sorry and sad. We are a firefighter family and our prayers are with you all and theRead More sacrifice you made serving others.
Christopher Douglas/Photo courtesy of CAL FIRE
april ann July 9, 2013 at 09:53 pm
What difference does it make why he stopped? It is my impression that he was the driver of the calRead More fire truck. The truck stopped on the Monterey ramp, not Washington. There are a hundred valid reasons for him to stop. He dropped some important gear because he was so busy trying to rush to another humans aid, he thought he ran over an animal, he heard a pop, and thought the trucks tire blew, etc. etc, etc. the important thing is that for whatever reason he stopped, it must've been pretty damn important! Why would this man stop for some trivial reason when he has devoted his life to saving other people's....complete strangers lives. I think everyone should give this man the benefit of the doubt, and stop trying to validate his death. Have some respect for his family, and brothers and sisters with Cal Fire suffering from this tragedy. If you don't think these people read the insensitive comments...think again!
Brenda July 10, 2013 at 10:46 am
April Ann, I am not sure there is a 100 valid reasons to stop on the freeway, but it does matterRead More where you stand thats for sure. I do not think anyone here is saying anything mean or misleading bout the firemans decisions, but knowing what prempted him stopping the truck would answer alot of questions. The whole of the community is feeling the pain for this man who served our communitiesand his untimely death.
bob pulone July 15, 2013 at 05:57 pm
it is sad that this fireman died, but it appears to me that he could have prevented this accident.Read More Most people realize that when you exit a vehicle, you always look before opening your door....ask any bicyclist. It seems the fireman did not look or he would not have stepped in front of the poor truck driver's vehicle. Also, the fire truck should have parked so the back end was angled to the left, to enable the driver to safely open his door. I read where the driver of the truck was looking to his left, so he could safely merge onto the 10 fwy. And, the fire truck stopped there, because there were other fire trucks up ahead' already at the accident.
Patch file photo
Tawnya July 16, 2013 at 05:50 pm
Thank you... It's been hard for me and yet, we know the family members are suffering way more thanRead More we could ever imagine. Going to church last Sunday was hard, then we saw the beautiful cross put on the side of the road for the ladies... Makes your heart ache for the senselessness of it all... But church was comforting. I still can't wrap my mind/soul on how none of the parts hit our SUV? Parts were all around us and even behind us. Even after we were able to stop our SUV and the truck kept rolling at us, it just stopped abruptly. No teetering! No rocking! Why were we spared? I am truly grateful to God. Grateful for my fiancé, Erick for his calmness, steadfast control and his very loud prayers during the whole nightmare accident. We are getting married next month and am happy to start our lives with such appreciation. I will continue to pray for the families... Again, thank you to all for your kind words and guidance. I have sought out help... Hugs...!
Priscilla Monge July 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Hi Tawnya My aunts were the women involved in the accident, my cousins were in the backseat. LastRead More weekend we had a car wash where the mother of the Navy Seal who ran to the car to help the children came to speak to us. It was quite healing for both of us. We are having a car wash this Sat July 20th in Menifee off of Newport at the Carl's Jr beginning at 9 a.m. We invite you to come.
Priscilla Monge July 28, 2013 at 02:02 pm
Donations for the Family @ https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/13524
Courtesy of CAL FIRE
J mills July 7, 2013 at 08:05 pm
I hope that he gets something for dying in the line of duty. Anyone public safety officer includingRead More any police officers or fireman's family should get 500K just like people in the military. Fund by ending retirement programs that based on the last year.
J mills July 7, 2013 at 08:08 pm
Such public heros desrve it. It shoyld be the gov't responsibility.
J mills July 7, 2013 at 08:20 pm
evderyone call your sate legislators.
Patch file photo
TOWTRUCK DRIVER July 5, 2013 at 08:43 pm
Rest in peace sir. Its to bad that you had to loose your life to a idiot on the fwy while working aRead More accident. I hope you didnt feel any pain. Thank you Christopher for all you have done for the community.
Brenda July 6, 2013 at 03:26 am
Ditto Towtruck Driver. It is always so much more worse when its a fireman, policeman trying to helpRead More someone else. Possibly saving a life and while in the course of that they themselves become a victim. Like drivers who run redlights, or stop signs, or are speeding, on cell phones, and accidently NOT stop, ends up plowing into another car and killing the occupant. The driver breaking the law will get a ticket for say "running the light" and nothing else. ITs considered "an accident". Sometimes if there is alot of wreckless driving beforehand they might get charged with involuntary manslaughter. Even then we are lucky if they get a 2 yr sentence and that is probably spent on probation!! They took a life because of wreckless driving, not obeying traffic laws and that should automatically be murder, NOT involuntary manslaughter. AS, every person who runs a red light clenches their teeth and hopes they do not hit someone going the other way. My main point is they KNOW BEFORE THEY HIT THAT OTHER CAR and kill that driver that someone could DIE. THAT is premeditated. Now we don't know how in the world this idiot driver hit this fireman, but it had to be by being a looky loo, taking pictures of the wreck, not paying attention, something ignorant, and disobeying a law. This fireman was murdered, it was not an accident as this driver "did something" that caused the death of the fireman and I hope he is charged accordingly. A minimum of 15 yrs is the only thing even remotely acceptable in a case of a driver who is breaking a law while behind the wheel that in turn causes the death of another driver or person(ie bike rider, skateboarder, walker, wheelchair, skater, jogger). These people die in vain weekly. Hit by someone breaking a traffic law, and killed, murder that could have been prevented. Getting off scot free not even thinking of the person they killed, or made a vegetable, or cripple for the rest of their lives and the pain and grief the family suffers. I hope somehow this person gets a minimum of 15 years and if need be we change the sentencing laws for these type of murders, because that is what they are, right in line with murders by a drunk driver.
Darren Thomas. Photo courtesy of Temecula Valley Unified School District.
Kristin Petersen Strong June 24, 2013 at 08:08 pm
Mr. Thomas was an awesome teacher. He will be greatly missed.
Kelly Winter June 25, 2013 at 01:13 pm
So sad for the family of this great teacher and man. Carolyn and her children will be in ourRead More thoughts and prayers through out this time of grief. Darren touched so many with his jovial spirit and unconventional teaching style. His life was cut far to short, and he will be missed.
Martina Olivares June 25, 2013 at 07:45 pm
Mrs. Thomas, we did not know your husband in person but only heard about him from you. Our prayersRead More are with you and your family. We are here for you if you need anything.