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Four die in weekend crashes

Officials are still investigating three fatal collisions involving cars and motorcycles on local roa

Posted: May 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A head on crash on Highway 14 near Red Rover Mine Road that claimed the lives of a man and a woman Sunday morning capped a deadly weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley that left a total of four people dead.

Dead in Sunday's crash are the drivers of each vehicle, a 39-year-old San Jacinto resident and a 47-year-old woman identified as Carolyn A. Ormston, of Palmdale, said Officer Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol's Antelope Valley Station.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash of head injuries, the woman died later in Antelope Valley Hospital also of head injuries, he said.

A single passenger is each vehicle was taken to the same hospital. Their condition has not been disclosed.

The passengers have been identified as Billie Casey, 51, a woman who lives in Los Angeles who was a passenger in Ormston's car, and 50-year-old Donald Cook, of Rialto, a passenger in the other car.

At about 8:20 a.m. Sunday, Ormston was driving south on Highway 14 in a 2004 Cadillac at "an undetermined speed," according to the CHP.

At the same time, a 2008 Dodge was northbound on Highway 14, also at an "undetermined" speed.

For "an undetermined reason," Ormston made a turning movement to the left, traveled across the east roadway edge of the southbound lanes near Red Rover Mine Road, CHP said.

The two vehicles collided head on.

At 8:26 a.m., paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched, said department Capt. Bernard Peters.

"We responded to a report of two vehicles involved in a traffic collision," he said. "One vehicle was in the center divider and the other in the northbound lanes."

Four victims were found at the crash site, Peters said.

"One was pronounced dead at the scene we were told," he said. "One was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and two others were taken to the hospital by ambulance."

Traffic was shut down on the highway for more than three hours in the northbound lanes.

CHP officers of the Newhall station were called to the scene to ensure motorists were not backing up on the highway to avoid the traffic congestion.

More than two dozen motorists, however, were observed backing up along the northbound curb lanes.

More than two dozen other motorists, some of them southbound on the dirt shoulder of the highway's northbound side, headed down a small embankment to a dirt road that connects the highway to Escondido Canyon Road 50 feet away.

Sunday's double fatal crash is one of three fatal collisions this weekend now under investigation.

Daniel Diaz, 25, of Valencia, died after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and crashed into a mailbox near Osage Ridge Road and Mulberry Glen Drive in Saugus just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

An examination of the victim's body has been scheduled for today, said Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's office.

On Friday, just after 5 p.m., Dean M. Lalley, 42, of Saugus, was killed when the red and white sports bike he was riding crashed into a black Toyota SUV.

He was travelling north in the southbound lane of San Francisquito Canyon Road at a high rate of speed, CHP Sgt. D. Johnson said at Friday.

An examination on his body was completed over the weekend.

The coroner is awaiting the results of tests done on the body before issued an official cause of death.




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