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Signal writer in solo crash

Posted: October 17, 2012 2:45 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2012 2:50 p.m.

Signal sports writer Jon Stein was injured today when his Lexus went airborne in a freak noontime traffic crash on Creekside Road.

Stein, who reportedly lost consciousness while driving, told sheriff’s deputies and paramedics he remembers nothing of the crash and recalls only being wakened by a motorist as he sat behind the wheel of the crumpled car after the crash.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Stein’s car was southbound on Creekside Road when it reportedly clipped the nose of a parked Hyundai Tucson in front of the Hyundai dealership, mounted the sidewalk, smashed through some dry brush and hit tire-sized landscaping rocks on a small embankment, according to one witness.

When the car hit the incline, a witness said, it went at least four feet in the air, through light standards about 18 feet apart and crashed onto the pavement of the vacant former BMW car dealership lot.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” said Desiree Loporchio, a passenger in a car directly behind the black Lexus.

“He hit the car and then went flying into the air,” she said. “He got some air - four or five feet.”

Stein, who said he experienced “a severe pain” in his chest immediately before the crash, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in an ambulance.

Deputy Kirk Petersen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said one witness told him Stein “looked like a rag doll” behind the wheel of the car as it was airborne.



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