Tag Archive: accident

Nov 10

When was the first fatal car accident in San Luis Obispo?

This fatal automobile accident was treated as major news in the October 14, 1912 Daily Telegram with the lead headline.

First, last, most, least, winners, losers, newspapers often write stories about definitives. Timothy Spies was doing genealogical research when he came across a story from October 15, 1912 San Francisco Call claiming to document the first fatal automobile accident in San Luis Obispo. He kindly shared the link with us. The Call front-page story does …

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Jun 19

James Dean Death an Accident Jury Finds

Rick Young of Los Angeles closes one eye and tries to line up a photographic transparency of the James Dean accident with the hills above James Dean Junction. This was the 50th anniversary of the fatal crash.
©The Tribune/David Middlecamp

I attended the 50th anniversary of the fatal crash September 30, 2005. It was a surreal scene, replica cars, a James Dean impersonator and the actor’s fans arrived at the memorial in Cholame then drove to the remote intersection where the accident  took place. Fans walked along with little children on the busy highways trying …

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Mar 25

1963 Foothill & Santa Rosa Accident

    August 23, 1963 Statistics show the intersection at Foothill Blvd. and Santa Rosa is one of the most accident prone intersections in the city. I couldn’t find a story on microfilm so hopefully no one was more than shaken up. I found the image interesting because 45 years later the corner still has …

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Dec 03

Cuesta Grade Accident 1963


 December 3, 1963A recurring story for area journalists is accidents on Cuesta Grade. This heavy equipment truck crashed 44 years ago today. With an extra lane and a concrete median the road feels safer today though people drive faster.