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Victim in I-5 rollover collision dies

Posted: July 24, 2012 11:40 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2012 11:40 a.m.

The victim of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 5 who was airlifted to a hospital Monday has died, California Highway Patrol officers at the Fort Tejon office said Tuesday.

Robert M. Watson, 76, died at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital shortly after arriving there by helicopter, CHP officers reported.

He was unconscious at the crash site, having suffered severe head injuries.

His wife, Theresa Watson, 58, suffered moderate injuries, according to the CHP.

Robert Watson was driving northbound on Interstate 5 in a 2002 Ford Explorer SUV about 11:35 a.m. Monday when the collision occurred.

“For an unknown reason, Robert M. Watson allowed the Ford to drift to the left across the solid yellow edge line and onto the dirt center median,” CHP Investigating Officer Chris Wymore wrote in a report.

Watson’s SUV went back into the fast lane, where he lost control and hit a metal guard rail, Wymore wrote.

The collision, initially described by responding emergency units as near Quail Lake Road, was on the freeway just north of Highway 138.

The CHP investigation was continuing.

Watson was an accomplished and well-loved jazz musician, according to a woman identifying herself as his daughter. He was on his way to visit friends when the crash occurred, she said.




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