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Victim remains critical a week after Soledad Canyon Road crash

Posted: July 16, 2012 6:07 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:07 p.m.


The man who survived last week’s deadly crash on Soledad Canyon Road remained in a coma on Monday, according to friends.

Anthony Hernandez, 24, of Canyon Country was listed in critical condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital nearly a week after the crash following extensive surgery on his legs and face, said his friend Frank Ferguson.

Hernandez was seriously injured in an early morning crash July 10 when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a raised center median on Soledad just west of Camp Plenty Road.

His 20-year-old brother, Luis Castillo Jr., died in the crash.

A medical examination done on Castillo’s body revealed he died of multiple traumatic injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said Monday.

The coroner is ruling the fatal crash an accident.

Hernandez, who was cut from the crumpled car by Los Angeles County firefighters using the Jaws-of-Life, suffered significant injury to his legs and face.

“He’s still in a coma,” said Frank Ferguson. “He went through 16 hours of surgery on his legs.

“His jaw was broken 10 different ways.”

Ferguson and other friends of the brothers are working with Jersey Mike’s in organizing a fundraiser Saturday for the Castillo family.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., the sub shop on Soledad Canyon Road near Vilna Road is turning over 25 percent of all its purchases made that day to the victim’s family.

Ferguson’s message to Santa Clarita Valley is a simple one: “Please stop by if this story has touched your hearts or if this young man ever made you smile in any way.”




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