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Crime Watch: Holiday weekend keeps police busy

• CHP arrests 24 drivers for DUI

Posted: May 28, 2008 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Law enforcement officials were busy over the Memorial Day weekend ensuring that local roadways were safe, with the California Highway Patrol making 24 arrests between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

According to Officer John Lutz, all 24 arrests were DUI-related. There was also one fatality and two reported collisions.

A Bakersfield man was killed early Saturday morning after a traffic collision on Interstate 5.

Rafael Aguilar, 60, was a passenger in a vehicle heading northbound on Interstate 5 just south of Calgrove Boulevard at around 2:54 a.m., when, according to Sgt. Kevin Pack at the CHP Newhall area station, another vehicle apparently veered into the lane, colliding with Aguilar's vehicle. The force of the impact threw Aguilar from the vehicle, according to the sergeant.

Alcohol appears to be a factor, and the driver of the car, who initially fled the scene, was arrested.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman driving with her two children on Highway 126 veered off the road into Castaic Creek a few miles west of Santa Clarita. The mother and one of her children were seriously injured, and all three were airlifted to UCLA Medical Center for treatment.

The next day, a 14-year old boy was struck by a motorist while riding his bike near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Sandy Drive in Canyon Country. According to reports, the boy was on the sidewalk but then suddenly veered out into the street in front of an oncoming pickup truck, which was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting him.

His injuries were not life-threatening, and was treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

In Los Angeles, by comparison, seven people died and 27 were injured in three traffic collisions on Memorial Day, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. One of those collisions was a fiery six-car pileup along Crenshaw Boulevard that injured 16 and claimed five lives, including two children ages 7 and 12. Authorities did not believe that alcohol was a factor, but was instead the result of one vehicle failing to stop at a red light before colliding with a second vehicle in the intersection.

The CHP also reported that they arrested 1,301 drivers statewide during the Memorial Day weekend, compared to 1,449 during the same time period last year.

Not including the incident on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles, the CHP also reported 16 deaths on highways throughout the state between Friday and Monday, down from 18 last year.

In other news, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reported a couple non-driving related incidents over the long weekend.

According to Lt. Tom Bryski, two juveniles were arrested in Saugus late Monday for attempting to break into vehicles in a residential neighborhood.

On Sunday, a 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head with a .22-caliber by his cousin in Canyon Country.

While the bullet entered and exited the left side of his head, he is reportedly in stable condition and expected to survive.


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