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Wrong-way driver in fatal crash still hospitalized

Burbank man charged with two counts of murder following head-on crash on Highway 14 that killed two

Posted: July 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A Burbank man charged with two counts of murder in the wrong-way crash that killed two people last month is still recovering from injuries suffered in the collision, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Bradford Pate, 38, is reported to be in fair condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Katreena Salgado said Sunday.

A second man also seriously injured in the crash is listed in stable condition, she said. Lennard A. Wilds, 47, of Lancaster, remains under constant observation at the hospital more than two weeks after the crash.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., on June 22, Pate entered the northbound lanes of Highway 14 by way of the off-ramp at Escondido Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Benjamin Ibarra said in a news release issued shortly after the crash.

The Tundra collided head on with a 2006 Chrysler just south of Escondido Canyon Road, Ibarra said in his report.
Rev. Manard Giles, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second passenger in the Giles car, Mattie Lee Ferguson, 60, of Lancaster, died two days after the crash at Henry Mayo.

Pate was charged with two counts of murder and other charges for allegedly slamming his pickup truck into oncoming traffic while traveling southbound in the Highway 14 northbound lanes, Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said June 25.

Deputy District Attorney Karen Rizzo said prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $3 million for Pate, who was convicted of DUI in 2007 in Ventura County.

If convicted, Pate faces up to life in prison.
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