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UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley couple killed in crash near Mojave

Posted: November 11, 2013 4:47 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2013 6:40 p.m.

Robert Corona Jr., 25, of Castaic, and Nicole Hoffman, 19, of Valencia

A young local man and woman who were boyfriend and girlfriend died from injuries suffered in a three-vehicle traffic collision in Mojave, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said.

Robert Corona Jr., 25, of Castaic, and Nicole Hoffman, 19, of Valencia, died in Antelope Valley Hospital at separate times during the weekend after being injured in the crash Friday night, coroner’s Lt. John Kades said.

Corona died on Saturday; Hoffman died Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Both were involved in a crash that happened on Highway 14 about one mile north of the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 58, an area local residents refer to as the “north Y” road, said a Mojave firefighter.

Both worked at the In-N-Out Burger restaurant on Bouquet Canyon Road. Corona was recently made manager, said Reph.

“Nicole and Robert were amazing people. We all knew they were meant to be together,” Hoffman’s sister Brittany Lauren Reph said from a funeral home Monday. “Now, I just had to pick out a casket.”

Reph, Hoffman and Corona were on their way to California City to a family get-together for dirtbike riding when the fatal crash happened, she said.

Friends have been posting messages of condolence on the Facebook pages of both victims.

Before her death, Hoffman, a graduate of Valencia High School who wanted to become a registered nurse, posted a photograph of herself and Corona with a note that they were in a relationship. Corona attended James Monroe High School in the San Fernando Valley.

The couple were together a year, Reph said.

“We were all going to a family event. She (Hoffman) was driving in front of me,” the sister said, recalling the night of the crash.

There were two collisions, Reph said. After the first collision involving the Hoffman vehicle, Corona ran to her sister’s aid but was fatally injured in the second collision, she said.

“Robert tried to save her life,” she said.

Reph and other relatives are organizing a vigil in the couple’s honor.
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