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San Jose: Man killed in fiery car crash - The Mercury News

Coronavirus: Santa Clara County shows local curve of COVID-19 cases, one new death reported

SAN JOSE — A man died in a fiery car crash in East San Jose on Friday night, police said.

Officers were called to the intersection of Ruby Avenue and Astrahan Lane about 8:10 p.m. for reports that a car had crashed into a tree, said San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia.

Garcia said a man was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information was immediately available.

Nearby residents heard the crash and ran outside to help. Valquirio Sousa was among them. He said two people were trapped inside the car, which appeared to be a newer model Lexus.

“We tried to open the back door but there was too much smoke,” Sousa said.

Sousa said he wasn’t aware of any similar crashes in the 23 years he has lived in the area.

“It’s a safe street,” he said. “I’ve never seen one crash like that.”

The death marks San Jose’s 14th traffic fatality of 2020. The city had recorded 11 at this point last year.

Check back for updates.

Authorities said Lamarcus Smith, 23, of Oakland, died at the scene after the vehicle smashed into the truck on Clayton Road near Duncan Drive on Tuesday around 9:35 a.m.

Police say 15-year-old girl rode her bicycle into an SUV at Bernal Road and Highway 101; drugs are suspected as a factor

According to police, the Oakley man exited eastbound state Highway 4 at Contra Loma Boulevard, ran a red light, and plowed into the other vehicle.

A three-alarm fire burned a vacant strip mall in San Jose on Wednesday night, fire officials said.

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Monroe crash ends with car in woods - CTPost

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MONROE — No one was seriously injured when a vehicle crashed into the woods Friday afternoon, fire officials said.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Monroe Turnpike at Colonial Drive, according to fire officials. It was a one-car crash into the woods.

Firefighters had to use a chainsaw to help the wrecker free the car, which was entangled in the woods.

There were no serious injuries, officials said.

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Pandemic Too Much for Pedal Car and Small Wisconsin Museum - U.S. News & World Report

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Rhode Island will knock on doors and stop cars to find New Yorkers to slow the spread of coronavirus - CNN

Kentucky's governor says he is considering closing the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, and checkpoints have been set up in the Florida Keys to restrict access.

"Right now, we have a pinpointed risk that we need to address, and we need to be very serious and that risk is called New York City," said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo at a news conference Friday.

Starting Saturday, Rhode Island law enforcement officers and the National Guard will be "going door-to-door" in coastal communities, asking people if they've been to New York and requesting their contact information, she said.

Police began monitoring highways at noon Friday and may pull over individuals with New York state license plates to ask the same questions, particularly on the base of the Newport Bridge, Raimondo said.

Tara Koppie was driving to Rhode Island from Staten Island, New York, on Friday to pick up a puppy she recently adopted, CNN affiliate WPRI reported. She had to stop at a checkpoint on Interstate 95 operated by Rhode Island State Police and soldiers from the Rhode Island National Guard.

"I feel bad that New York is getting such a bad rap sheet when it's really all over the place, you know, it shouldn't be that way, but unfortunately right now we have a lot of cases," Koppie told WPRI. She said she was planning to return home the same day.

All individuals who have traveled to New York have already been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. These added measures will make sure law enforcement identifies individuals who should be following the self-quarantine order, said the governor, a Democrat.

Individuals can self-quarantine at a hotel, a rental property, a summer home or anywhere else they may be able to stay, she said. The penalty for violating this order initially is a fine, and additional violations of the order could be punishable by a prison sentence, Raimondo said.

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Hotels and rental companies will be provided with this order in writing and will be asked to provide the information to their renters, Raimondo said.

These states have implemented stay-at-home orders. Here's what that means for you

These states have implemented stay-at-home orders. Here's what that means for you

These states have implemented stay-at-home orders. Here's what that means for you

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't think it were necessary," she said. "If you want to seek refuge in Rhode Island, you must be quarantined ... and we the people of Rhode Island plan to enforce that."

ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown issued a statement objecting to Raimondo's action.

"While the Governor may have the power to suspend some state laws and regulations to address this medical emergency, she cannot suspend the Constitution. Under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute 'probable cause' to allow police to stop a car and interrogate the driver, no matter how laudable the goal of the stop may be."

New York is coronavirus epicenter in the US, with more than 44,000 cases and at least 519 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to CNN's state-by-state count.

Rhode Island has reported 203 cases on Friday, the governor said. The state has reported no deaths.

Checkpoints set up at the Florida Keys

In the Florida Keys, government officials have established two traffic checkpoints at the top of the Keys that restrict non-residents' inbound road access.

The checkpoints opened Friday morning and are manned by officers from the Keys' Monroe County Sheriff's Office. They are located at mile marker 112.5 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway (US 1), and on State Road 905 between Ocean Reef and the access point to US 1 in Key Largo.

TSA closing checkpoints as traveler numbers fall, coronavirus cases among officers rise

TSA closing checkpoints as traveler numbers fall, coronavirus cases among officers rise

TSA closing checkpoints as traveler numbers fall, coronavirus cases among officers rise

The Keys have been temporarily closed to visitors since March 22 because of concerns about Covid-19's rapid spread. Keys officials are unsure how long the checkpoints will continue.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he plans to extend his executive order to travelers coming from Louisiana to Florida to do a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, as New Orleans becomes a potential coronavirus hot spot. The governor said he's suspending vacation rentals in Florida for the next two weeks.

When asked about the order on Friday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said DeSantis' order underscores the seriousness of the issue and he was encouraging people in his state to stay at home.

"I've got my hands full here with responding to this crisis and I'm not going to second guess or criticize what other governors are doing or not doing," Edwards said.

Earlier in the week, DeSantis said he would expand his executive order mandating a 14-day self-isolation period for travelers coming to Florida from airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Other states move to restrict travel

In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday he is considering closing the border between Kentucky and Tennessee to stop the spread of Covid-19. Kentucky has reported more than 302 cases and seven deaths and Tennessee has reported 1,203 cases with six deaths as of Friday evening.

The governor said he would have to look at what it would take to shut the border.

In New Mexico, Gov. Lujan Grisham on Friday ordered that everyone traveling by air into New Mexico self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arrival. Under the state's emergency order, people will only be allowed to leave quarantine for medical care.

Any travelers who fail to voluntarily quarantine will be subject to "forced isolation or quarantine by the New Mexico Health Department," according to the order.

In Kansas, the government said any travelers from Colorado and Louisiana must self-quarantine when they arrive in the state.

Kansas has already placed self-quarantine requirements on travelers from Florida, Washington, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

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North Carolina State Trooper dies in car crash while on duty - WITN

WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of one of its members after a fatal car crash Friday night in Wayne County.

State Trooper Nolan J. Sanders died in a single-vehicle car wreck while on duty.

Trooper Sanders was a five-year veteran of the State Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol officers said Sanders crashed while on duty in his assigned duty station of Troop C, District 2 (Wayne County).

Sergeant Chris Knox said Trooper Sanders was traveling north on I-795 at about 7:17 p.m. when his patrol vehicle went off the roadway near the 19.5-mile marker. The vehicle struck a concrete culvert off the right shoulder of the roadway and crashed.

Trooper Sanders was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.

Interstate 795 North was closed for hours but scheduled to reopen around 2 am Saturday.

Soon after the wreck Friday night, fellow law enforcement officers, family, and friends began expressing concern and sympathy on social media to the officer's family.

One message read, "Prayers for the family of a Trooper that made the ultimate sacrifice night. Rest In Peace Nolan Sanders we got it from here." and another read, "You'll be greatly missed, brother. Saying a special prayer," and "Rest Easy brother, hard to believe it was you."

The State Highway Patrol released the following statement about Trooper Sanders:

"Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Nolan Sanders this evening," said the commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr. "Trooper Sanders personified what it meant to be a Trooper, his passing will leave a lasting mark on all that had the honor to work together with him. The coming days and weeks will prove to be difficult, but we will stand with the Sanders family throughout this difficult process."

The SHP Collision Reconstruction Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.

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