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Driver in Agua Dulce crash remains critical

Posted: January 30, 2013 5:45 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2013 5:45 p.m.

An Agua Dulce motorist injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision Saturday that claimed the life of the other driver remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical but stable condition.

Stephen Hidey, 58, of Ridge Avenue in Agua Dulce, remains at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital five days after a crash involving two trucks Saturday about 5:43 p.m. near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Davenport Road, according to the California Highway Patrol officer investigating the crash.

Hidey is in critical but stable condition, hospital spokeswoman Katreena Salgado said Wednesday.

The crash Saturday claimed the life of 52-year-old Rigoberto Conchas, also of Agua Dulce.

A third man, a passenger in Conchas’ car identified as Samuel Araiza, 52, of Canyon Country, was also taken to the hospital.

Salgado said the hospital has no listing for Araiza.

Conchas died of blunt force trauma to the chest, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coronor’s office.
His death was ruled an accident, Corral said.

Conchas was traveling southbound on Sierra Highway south of Davenport Road in a 1999 Ford F-150 at an unknown speed, said investigating CHP Officer Peter Bishop in his report.

A second vehicle, a 2005 Ford F-350 operated by Hidey, was traveling northbound on Sierra Highway, also south of Davenport at an unknown speed, he said.

“For reasons yet to be determined, (Conchas) veered to the left, crossing the double yellow line,” Bishop reported, “directly into the path of (the other truck).”

The two trucks collided, killing Conchas at the scene and sending Hidey and Araiza to the hospital.

The two drivers live less than a mile from each other, and the crash, which is still under investigation, occurred less than a mile from the home of each driver.
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