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Canyon Country man ordered to pay restitution in wrong-way driving case

Posted: February 4, 2014 6:39 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2014 6:39 p.m.

This Signal file photo from June 17, 2013 shows some of the wrecked cars involved in a mutli-vehicle crash caused by Canyon Country resident Rick Allen Walker, who drove the wrong way on Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road.

A Canyon Country man found guilty of driving the wrong way on the Highway 14 freeway last summer, injuring 13 people, has been ordered to pay his victims more than $165,000 in restitution, a District Attorney’s spokesman said Tuesday.

Rick Allen Walker, 54, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday and was ordered to pay four of his victims — those who applied for restitution — a total $165,734.93, said spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

Walker was sentenced in October to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to four counts of DUI causing injury. The sentence was the maximum allowed by law.

He was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash,

Walker’s case was one of three wrong-way driving incidents on Santa Clarita Valley freeways during the first half of 2013. The first occurred in February on Interstate 5 in Castaic.

The second two, including multiple collisions June 17 caused by Walker, involved wrong-way driving on Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road.

While nobody died in the Walker case, two people were killed in a wrong-way-driving collision on the same freeway near the same location in the same week.

That driver was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
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