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CHP responds to two fatal incidents

Posted: August 15, 2009 8:12 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Two men were killed in two separate automotive crashes in the Santa Clarita Valley late Friday and early Saturday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Early Saturday, 55-year-old Robert Doyle, of Saugus, was driving southbound on Bouquet Canyon Road just north of Shadow Valley Lane when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and veered his 2003 Ford into the northbound lane, the CHP reported.

Doyle’s Ford collided with another Ford being driven northbound by another Saugus man, according to the CHP report.

Killed in the 3:50 a.m. collision was Douglas Albert Rawson, according to Lt. Brian Elias of Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

Rawson was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report.
No arrest was made and an investigation was ongoing, said CHP Sgt. Rob Lund.

On Friday evening, two hikers navigating a ravine near Lake Hughes Road discovered an upside down van and flagged down a passing driver, who called 911, Highway Patrol officials said.

L.A. County Fire rescue units responded and found the body of Francisco Diaz, 63, of South Gate, who had been partially ejected from his car.

Diaz was not wearing a seatbelt, the CHP reported.

Diaz had been traveling westbound on Lake Hughes Road east of Ridge Route Road about 11 a.m. Friday when he lost control of his Chevrolet Astro minivan and drove off the road’s edge, according to a CHP news release.

Diaz was on the job at the time delivering payroll for Los Angeles County, said CHP Sgt. Rob Lund.

Diaz’s car rolled down the slope and into a ravine 95 feet below the roadway, according to the report.

The cause of the crash was under investigation Saturday.



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