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No criminal charges in May 31 SCV traffic collision

Second investigation under way of crash that injured 5 teenage girls

Posted: July 15, 2014 4:16 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2014 4:16 p.m.

No criminal charges are expected in a single-car crash last May that left five teenage girls injured, one seriously, according to a traffic collision investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“The case was just handed over to Detective Maag, In essence, the case is being re-investigated,” Sgt. Richard Cohen, who heads the Sheriff’s Traffic Section, said earlier this week.

But “There are not going to be any criminal charges filed in this case,” Traffic Section Detective Jeff Maag said Tuesday.

Maag has investigated several of Santa Clarita Valley’s high-profile traffic collisions, including the crash that killed 21-year-old Turkish visitor Tugba Elbirlik in August 2012 and the collision that claimed the life of 20-year-old Joshua Pipho of Canyon Country in November 2007.

Investigators haven’t disclosed the identity of the driver of the Honda Accord who apparently lost control of the car on Newhall Ranch Road around 10 p.m. May 31. They have described her only as a Canyon High School student.

The Honda slammed into a light post just west of Golden Valley Road.

All five teenage girls in the vehicle were injured in the crash, including a Canyon High sophomore who remained for several days in the hospital in intensive care with head injuries.

Four of the five girls were from Canyon; the fifth was from Opportunities for Learning.

For at least five days, Kelly Watson, 15, remained in hospitalized in intensive care recovering from head injuries, she said.

At least two of the victims, both juveniles, were thrown from the car in the collision.

“All the girls are recovering,” Maag said Tuesday.

“I’ve also spoken to (Watson’s) parents who told me she was responding,” he said.
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