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Wrong-Way Driver Sentenced to Prison

13 people injured in multiple collisions

Posted: October 10, 2013 4:21 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2013 4:57 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man who drove the wrong way on the northbound Highway 14 freeway while under the influence of methamphetamine, injuring 13 people, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in state prison.

Rick Allen Walker was sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael O’Gara almost two months after the 54-year-old pleaded no contest to four counts of DUI causing injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Walker was under the influence of meth on June 17 when he drove onto the northbound Highway 14 lanes heading southbound at Escondido Canyon Road, causing a collision involving nine vehicles.

Traffic was jammed for hours during evening rush hour on the freeway. Thirteen people were injured, four of them seriously.

It was the first of two similar incidents involving wrong-way drivers on Highway 14 last June.

On June 22, a driver also drove onto the northbound Highway 14 freeway heading south, slamming his truck into oncoming traffic.

Thirty-eight-year-old Burbank resident Bradford Pate faces two counts of murder and other charges due to that crash, which killed two.

The seven-year sentence imposed by O’Gara was the maximum allowed by law, according to a District Attorney’s office news release.




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