From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014, TheAVTimes.com garnered 8,241,645 page views from 1,545,421 users, according to Google Analytics.
Here’s a look at the top 10 most-viewed of 2014 on TheAVTimes.com.
10. 1 dead, 1 arrested after fiery rear-end crash in Palmdale
On Sept. 27, 2014, 21-year-old Daniel Orellana Jr. died inside his burning Mitsubishi Eclipse. The car burst into flames after it was rear-ended by alleged drunk driver Jeffrey Brooks at the intersection of Avenue S and Sierra Highway in Palmdale.
Brooks was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder.
Our initial story on the collision was the 10th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
9. Caught on video: Man abuses dog in Lancaster
On Aug. 8, 2014, Lindsey Cooks was waiting at a Lancaster bus stop, when he noticed a shirtless man swinging a yelping puppy in the air by its leash. Cooks began recording the incident on his cell phone.
The video led to the arrest of Robert Martin, who eventually pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty.
Our initial story included the hard-to-watch video, which shows the puppy being body slammed onto the pavement and the abuser yelling racial slurs. It was our 9th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
8. Man, 2 children killed in suspected murder-suicide crash
After the preliminary investigation, Sheriff’s officials said Edwards deliberately slammed his speeding car into the parked tractor trailer without making any attempts to stop.
The alleged murder-suicide stunned and saddened the community.
It was our 8th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
7. Two-year-old girl struck by big rig in Lancaster
The big rig’s driver was making a right turn from Avenue J onto Valley Central Way and didn’t see the 2-year-old girl in the crosswalk, authorities said.
The tragic accident was witnessed by many residents, who took to The AV Times to share their grief.
It was our 7th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
6. Couple charged with torture, mayhem for beating toddler
On Aug. 26, 2014, Palmdale resident Rosie Lee Wilson and her boyfriend, Brandon Jerel Williams, were charged with child assault, torture and mayhem. Wilson’s 22-month-old son was on life support, and Wilson and Williams were accused of beating and torturing the toddler.
Baby Anthony died about two weeks later, and charges against the couple were upgraded to include murder.
Our initial story on the incident was the 6th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
5. Palmdale teen killed in crash on wet road
The 18-year-old was driving eastbound on Avenue S when his Ford Mustang spun out of control on the wet roadway and crashed into an Edison pole.
The horrific crash was our 5th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
4. Three killed in fiery crash on 14 Freeway
The family’s Corolla was rear-ended by a Tesla, which was driven by popular Antelope Valley physician Ric Garrison.
Many details surrounding the fatal crash have not been released, and the incident is still under investigation. It was our 4th most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
Related story: CHP seeking witnesses in July 4 triple fatal crash
3. Student arrested for making criminal threats
The boy allegedly posted pictures of guns on a Facebook page and threatened to shoot up the school.
The incident caused a brief wave of panic in the community, as frantic parents rushed to the school after seeing the Facebook messages.
The story was our 3rd most viewed story in 2014. Read it here.
2. Victim, suspect ID’d in fatal car-to-car shooting
The next morning, the gunman was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was Jeremy Whitman, a youth pastor intern at Lancaster Baptist Church and Ungerman’s best friend of many years.
The shocking incident was our 2nd most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
1. 10-year-old sexually assaulted in local Denny’s bathroom
Authorities are still searching for the suspect, thought to be a local panhandler known as “Shrink.” There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Our initial story on the incident received more than 150K page views, making it our most viewed story of 2014. Read it here.
Honorable mention: Most viral AV Times Facebook post
The post reached more than 1.1 million people and garnered more than 60K likes, comments, and shares across Facebook, according to Facebook’s statistics.
This was by far our most viral Facebook post of 2014. View it here.