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Laser May Have Caused Calif. Crash

December 30, 1998

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities detained a man accused of weaving in and out of traffic at nearly 100 mph and shining a laser pointer, leading to a five-car wreck that killed four teen-agers.

The California Highway Patrol would not say Tuesday night whether Scott Davis, 34, had been arrested. He crashed through a glass window of a San Jose home as authorities arrived to question him, Oakland TV station KTVU reported.

Davis was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, but a hospital spokeswoman would not comment.

Davis is believed to be the driver of a car that was speeding on Highway 101 late Monday. Witnesses said the driver was shining a laser pointer into other cars before the vehicle collided with a pickup, leading to the pileup.

All four occupants of one car _ Charo Ursua, 19, Kevin Owens, 16, Janette Alvarado, 15, and Michael Zaches, 17 _ were killed.

Law enforcement officials partially blamed the accident on the laser pointer, made as an aid for business presentations and teachers. The Food and Drug Administration warned a year ago that the pointers could be more damaging to the eyes than staring at the sun.

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