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‘Bumper boats’ on the 14

Traffic: Sun Valley man driving a Cadillac allegedly hits SUV several times before leaving the scene

Posted: July 17, 2010 11:00 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2010 6:00 a.m.

A 52-year-old Sun Valley man is charged with hit and run today after allegedly playing “bumper boats” with another motorist on Highway 14 Saturday.

Shortly after 8.30 a.m., the driver of a black Cadillac southbound on Highway 14 in the lane furthest left hit a bump near Sand Canyon Road causing his car to move into the adjacent lane and hit a white Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle, said Officer Brian Kazal of the California Highway Patrol in Newhall.

“It caused him to temporarily lose control,” he said.

The Cadillac driver moved back into the No. 1 lane (which many call the fast lane) hit another bump, and again hit the same SUV driver.

The Cadillac did the same thing a third time, Kazal said.

According to initial reports, the Cadillac driver smiled at the SUV driver as he finally drove past the SUV toward Newhall.

“He was playing bumper boats with this car, going back and forth,” Kazal said.

Although no one was hurt in the incident, the Montero driver was shaken up over it.

“The sole male occupant of the SUV was a little shaken up,” Kazal said. “He was coherent and managed to get a good ID of the vehicle that hit him.”

“The guy in the black Cadillac ended up taking off,” he said. “And, the vehicle wasn’t found until about 12.30 p.m. near his residence in Sun Valley.”

The driver of the Cadillac is not the owner of the vehicle, Kazal said, but rather a friend of the owner.

Charged is Daniel Haynes, of Sun Valley.


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