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Police official critical after car accident

Woman clinging to life Sunday night after weekend’s collision

Posted: December 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Carrie Stuart Carrie Stuart
Carrie Stuart

Carrie Stuart, a captain in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was clinging to life Sunday night following a two-car head-on crash Friday night, officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station report.

Stuart, 47, was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after her car collided with another on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Stator Lane about 9:40 p.m. Friday.

She remains stable but in critical condition at the hospital, deputies reported throughout the day Sunday.

“They stopped the bleeding so that’s good, but she’s not doing well,” said Sgt. Rich Nagler Sunday morning. “I undestand she’s stable but still critical.”

By Sunday night, Stuart’s condition remained unchanged.

“She’s not a whole lot better,” Lt. Tom Bryski said shortly after 6 p.m.

Stuart, a 28-year department veteran, works as unit commander at Pitchess Detention Center South Facility.

On Sunday, two cars, one a 2009 Ford and the other a 2010 Acura, collided at 9:42 p.m. on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Stator Lane, Phil Ulloa, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said Friday.

The collision occurred when the Ford, for unknown reasons, swerved into the northbound lane on San Francisquito Canyon Road, running headlong into the Acura.

Stuart was driving the Ford at the time of the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The Acura was driven by a 38-year-old man, of Elizabeth Lake, according to a CHP report. There is no word on his condition.

One of the vehicles overturned, and another was engulfed in flames, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said at the time of the crash.

The drivers of each vehicle were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. One was in full cardiac arrest and was transported by ambulance, while the other was carried by helicopter.




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