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Police suspect alcohol in fatal truck accident

An Agua Dulce man died from collision, another remains in hospital

Posted: February 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Alcohol is suspected in a fatal crash last month that killed one Agua Dulce man and sent another to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

On Jan. 26, shortly before 5:45 p.m., two Ford pickup trucks collided near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Davenport Road.

Rigoberto Conchas, 52, of Eagleset Avenue in Agua Dulce, died in the crash.

Stephen Hidey, 58, of Ridge Avenue in Agua Dulce, remained in stable condition this week at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

For at least four days, Hidey was on the hospital’s critical list, according to hospital spokeswoman Katreena Salgado.

A third man, a passenger in Conchas’ car identified as Samuel Araiza, 52, of Canyon Country, was injured in the crash.

Conchas died of blunt force trauma to the chest, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

His death was ruled an accident, Corral said.

An CHP officer investigating the crash said Wednesday that he’s still awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Conchas was traveling south 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 north on Sierra Highway, also south of Davenport at an unknown speed, he said.

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.

“Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the collision,” CHP Sgt. John Lutz said this week.


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