This 1984 Times article chronicled the death of Linda Jefferis, who suffered a fatal heart attack while driving the thin strip of the Los Angeles city limits that connects South L.A. to the harbor. Because that area belongs to the city, Jefferis was forced to wait for far away LAFD rescuers to arrive, even though county stations on the other side of the border were closer.
The delay in medical service prompted Dr. J. Michael Criley, head of cardiology at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, to call the area the “valley of death.”
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