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UPDATED: Canyon Country woman dies in crash

Posted: May 20, 2012 11:39 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2012 10:57 p.m.

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman is dead after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday.

Amber Popiel, who graduated from Canyon High School in 2000 and worked at Peterson Dean Roofing, was pronounced dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., Popiel was traveling west on Soledad Canyon Road when her car left the roadway at Lost Canyon Road and struck a tree.

"It was a single vehicle collision," said Sgt. Rich Nagler of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

"A female white was ejected after she struck a tree."

Popiel's mother, Dawn Mahan, is waiting for the sheriff's traffic investigators to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the crash that claimed her daughter's life.

"What we were told by the doctor was that she had only the slightest heartbeat and that she never made it (alive) to the hospital," said Mahan, who was at her daughter's hospital bedside after learning about the crash.

Paramedics transported the woman to the hospital and treated a second person at the scene, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Bernard Peters.

"Apparently, there was a second victim," Peters said, reading from a report supplied by responding paramedics.

One of the questions Mahan said she wants answered pertains to information about the second person treated at the scene reported by the fire department.

"I want to know - was she driving or was she a passenger?" she said.

According to a report issued by sheriff's deputies, Popiel was ejected after her vehicle struck a tree near Lost Canyon Road, south of Highway 14 where Soledad bends south under the highway.

"The reason for the collision is under investigation, and it is unknown at this time why the vehicle left the roadway," Deputy Jeff Maag said in a media release.

Force of the collision split the car into at least two pieces.

Popiel was married to Wesley Popiel and lived on River Circle, about 1.5 miles from the collision site.

Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said it would be at least two or three days before a cause of death of issued.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call traffic investigators Maag or Dep. Michael Shapiro at 661-799-5112.




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