In Case You Missed It: San Diego Weekend News Digest for Saturday, Jan. 4

Five local news stories from the previous week

Collage of pictures for our top stories

To help make sure you stay informed on the most shared and talked about stories in San Diego County, each Saturday we'll revisit five stories from the previous week and capsulize them in this digest with the most recent updates.

  1. City of SD Blames Family of Wrong-Way McLaren Driver for Deaths of Mother, Daughter

Trevor Heitmann drove the wrong way on Interstate 805 and crashed his McLaren head-on into a vehicle killing a 43-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter in 2018. Since then, numerous lawsuits have been filed. Now, the victims' family has sued both the city, the Heitmann family and Heitmann's estate. NBC 7’s Rory Devine has more details.

The city of San Diego now blames the driver and his family in the legal battle over who was responsible for the crash that killed a mother and daughter. NBC 7 Investigates reporter Rory Devine reports.

2. Select Veterans Get Access to Commissaries and Exchanges

Millions of select veterans and their caregivers across the country and in San Diego will now qualify to use military commissaries, exchanges, and other services. NBC 7’s Bridget Naso explains the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act.

NBC 7 military reporter Bridget Naso spoke to the military community about the upcoming change.

3. Regulating Rents: New Law Places Caps On How Much Landlords Can Hike Rents

California will place limits on how much landlords can raise rents on tenants each year. Specifically, the law caps rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation during a single year. In San Diego, that amounts to approximately 7 to 7.5 percent. NBC 7’s Consumer Bob has more.

California renters may get some relief from rental increases in the new year. NBC 7's Consumer Bob has more.

4. Lawsuit: South Bay Health Center Failed to Protect Female Patients from Sexual Abuse by Doctor

Lawyers for a former patient claim San Ysidro Health Center knew about sexual abuse allegations against the south bay psychiatrist, Dr. Leon Fajerman, early on but failed to investigate. NBC 7’s Mari Payton has more.

The victim claims the center failed to protect patients against the convicted psychiatrist. NBC 7 Investigates Mari Payton has more.

5. 10th Flu Death of the Season Reported in San Diego County

Two additional flu deaths were announced in San Diego County as nearly 1,400 flu-related cases were reported last week, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agencies announced. The number of lab-confirmed cases rose by 643 last week when 1,390 cases were reported, compared to 747 cases the previous week, HHSA said. NBC 7's Lauren Coronado has more.

NBC 7's Lauren Coronado has the latest numbers in the dangerous flu season.
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