Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Coto de Caza Teen Held Responsible for Second Traffic Fatality In Three Months Arrested and Charged

CHP Officer Chris Goodwin has confirmed that the Coto de Caza teen responsible for the second fatal traffic accident In less than three months, has been arrested and charged.

Sunday 3-12-2006, at 1.30 pm, 75 year-old Morteza Manian was riding his bicycle southbound on Lexington Way approaching the intersection of North Hampton Place, while the 16 year old female driver of a Nissan Frontier westbound on North Hampton Place approached the same intersection of Lexington Way. As the driver slowed down to stop, the right front corner of the Nissan struck the left side of Mr. Manian’s and the bicycle.

Mr. Manian was transported to Mission Regional Hospital, and succumbed to his injuries in the late hours of 3/12/2006.

The female driver has been arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run and resisting and delaying or obstructing an officer.

Interesting to note that the Orange County Register has been conspicuously absent in providing the scoop in this case. Is it because in celebrating their 100th anniversary, the paper is still trying to decide what to do? According to the March 20, 2006 issue of USA Today, "Increasingly, the news 'scoop' is found online". The article cites the Rome News-Tribune editor Charlotte Atkins as saying "When we have breaking news, we brake it online". Given that we have not seen coverage on this issue either online or on print, what does that say about the Orange County Register being a news outlet?

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