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Speed and rain suspected in fatal crash

Posted: November 7, 2011 8:48 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2011 8:48 a.m.

California Highway Patrol investigators say wet roads and high speeds were factors in Sunday’s single-car crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Valencia man.

On Sunday, at about 7:45 a.m., Brandon Paul Silva was driving a 2003 Honda Accord “too fast” on a rain-soaked roadway, southbound on Highway 14 just south of Agua Dulce Road, CHP officers said in a media release Sunday.

Silva, travelling in the second lane from the shoulder, lost control of the car which left the roadway to the west.

CHP say he was driving about 70 miles per hour on the wet road, they said.

The car hit a steep dirt embankment at the side of the road, they said.

Paramedics responding to the crash found Silva unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:14 a.m.

He was wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected and are factors to be determined through an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, CHP said.


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