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Housekeeper Killed in Road Mishap

By Malou Liwanag-Aguilar/Asianjournal.com

SAN FRANCISCO –A 66-year-old Filipina who spent 20 years as a housekeeper for Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street, was killed when a Department of Public Works (DPW) driver hit her on Bayshore Boulevard on the morning of April 12.

Florencia Tiongco was in the crosswalk, pushing a cart of her laundry, when she was hit at 8:15 am  across the busy Bayshore Boulevard in the Bayview neighborhood.  The DPW city pickup was turning left onto Bayshore from Bacon Street, police said.

“The truck had the green light to go and the pedestrian had the green light to walk across the street,” Sgt. Wilfred Williams, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department said in a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The driver of the city-owned Ford pickup was a woman who has worked for DPW for 10 years, according to Public Works spokeswoman Christine Falvey.  That unfortunate morning, she was on her way back to the department’s operation yard after delivering street-cleaning supplies.  She stayed on the scene after the accident and cooperated with police investigation.  The city employee was also taken to the San Francisco General Hospital where she was given the routine alcohol and drug tests.

As of this year, it reported that five pedestrians have been killed on city streets due to vehicle collisions, which includes Tiongco.    The SFPD, City Attorney’s Office and DPW are all conducting investigations about the incident, while the 55-year-old driver has been placed on paid administrative duty.

Tiongco moved to the US from the Philippines in 1989 to join her family.  She lived with her daughter not far from the scene of the accident.  The victim, who is said to have seven children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren had worked at the Hotel Whitcomb to send money back to her family in the Philippines, as said by her granddaughter, Christine Sarmiento.  Sarmiento also mentioned that her grandmother was already planning to retire this year and their family had plans of going back to the Philippines. The family is now instead making plans to go home to bury her.



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Filipino Boy in Pasadena Accident has Died

by Rene Villaroman/Asianjournal.com

PASADENA – Jose Gabriel Dela Rosa, the 7-year-old Filipino boy who was critically injured in a vehicular accident on Thursday, has died from his injuries on Sunday afternoon, it was announced by Huntington Memorial Hospital.

The boy’s father, Jose Dela Rosa, is still recuperating from injuries sustained from the car crash that occurred during rush hour on Fair Oaks and Colorado Blvd in Old Town Pasadena. The Dela Rosas had just arrived from the Philippines to visit relatives hours before the tragedy.

The release said that the Dela Rosa family does not wish to grant media interviews or disclose information about the accident. The father remains in fair condition and the mother was not injured.

A fund has been established in Jose Gabriel’s name at Comerica Bank in Pasadena, according to an official news release sent out by Andrea St radling, spokes – woman of Huntington Memorial.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would be grateful for contributions to this fund. Checks can be sent to the Jose Gabriel Dela Rosa Fund, care of Comerica Bank, 35 North Lake Avenue, Suite 120, Pasadena, CA 91101.


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Filipino Tourists Hurt in Pasadena Crash: 7-year-old boy still in critical condition

by Rene Villaroman/Asianjournal.com

PASADENA – A 7-year-old Filipino boy was critically injured and his father was seriously hurt when a Toyota Corolla jumped the curb and hit the victims while they were crossing Colorado Blvd. at Fair Oaks. The Toyota Corolla was subsequently involved in a collision with a Nissan Altima.The Filipino family had only arrived in the US hours before the tragedy. Old Town Pasadena was their first sightseeing destination.

“The child was in “full arrest when he was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital last night. The accident happened at 6:30 pm.Pasadena Fire Department Spokeswoman Lisa Derderian announced.

Jose de la Rosa, 30, father of the boy, suffered major injuries. They were all rushed to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Asian Journal contacted Huntington Memorial on Friday, and spokeswoman Andrea Stradling said that the boy is in critical condition.

“The father is seriously injured and the mother is fine,” Stradling added. “For privacy reasons, we can’t release any more information,” she said. “The family and the relatives of the victims do not wish to speak with the media. But if there is a further need to release more information, we will call a press conference.”

Pasadena Police Department Spokeswoman Janet Pope-Givens told Asian Journal that Fire, Police and Traffic personnel were at the scene of the accident in one minute.

“This is a tragic accident, and the department is conducting an intensive investigation,” Pope-Givens said.

As of press time, no charges have been lodged against the driver of the vehicle.

“The result of the investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney and the Prosecutor’s Office by the Pasadena Police Department, which is headed by Chistopher Vicino,” Pope-Givens said.


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FilAm Witnesses Explosion Near LAX: Two firefighters critically injured

by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – A FilAm LA City Engineer witnessed the tragic events that killed one and critically injured another Los Angeles Firefighter. The explosion occured as they were investigating smoke coming out of the Water and Power Community Credit Union building last March 26.

Firefighter Brent A. Lovrien, a 10-year Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) veteran, died from injuries sustained in the explosion and Engineer Anthony J. Guzman sustained serious injuries and has undergone surgery, according to Ron Myers on the LAFD website.

“It is with great sadness that the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department share word of one City of Los Angeles Firefighter dying today in the line of duty,” said LAFD Spokesman Brian Humphrey.

A civilian was also injured but treated at the scene and released, according to the LAFD.

The LA Fire Department is conducting a “detailed multiagency investigation… to determine the exact nature of the explosion, as well as the precise cause and manner of Firefighter Lovrien’s death.


The FilAm engineer said that the first of the three explosions around the streets surrounding LAX happened around 1:30 p.m. He did not want to be named because of a pending internal investigation on the matter.

LA City engineers were on Manchester and Sepulveda constructing a traffic median widening the street when they heard the first explosion. Along the Northbound lane on Manchester, a manhole lid weighing an estimated 300 pounds blew 25 to 30 feet in the air, said the engineer.

“It was a good three or four seconds before it [the manhole cover] landed,” he said. “It sounded like a truck fell over.”

Smoke began to come out of the sewer when the LAFD and LA Police Department were called to the scene. They closed the Northbound traffic lane along Manchester.

The engineer estimates that 25 minutes after the first manhole blew, a second manhole 150 feet away exploded on La Tijera and Sepulveda.

“Fire began to come out of the ground,” he said.

He said that somewhere in between the first and second explosion a police officer informed the firefighters that smoke was coming out of a door from the Water and Power Credit Union. The firefighters then asked the engineer and police officer to escort the wandering people and employees from nearby stores away from danger.

After the second manhole exploded, the firefighters tried to open the steel door covering an electrical vault when it suddenly exploded. “30 seconds after they asked us to escort those people and, bam, we turned around and part of the building was gone,” said the engineer.

Initial reports stated that the explosions were caused by an electrical system failure. However, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reported that the underground explosion does not appear to be related to any failures with the electrical system.

“No power outages or other electrical problems have occurred in the area,” said Carol Tucker of the LADWP. She said that the electrical system facilities in the area are operating normally.

The LAFD suspect a gas leak caused the explosion, according to Tucker.

The FBI arrived later to conduct their own investigation.


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