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Rush to pay taxes leads to crash

Posted: April 11, 2009 1:16 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.

An elderly Santa Clarita man crashed his Lexus as he raced to the post office to send his property taxes before it closed. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

An elderly Santa Clarita man wasn't going to be late on his taxes, according to a witness at an accident scene Friday.

The older man, driving a Lexus, was allegedly making an illegal left-hand turn from the southbound side of McBean parkway into the Valencia Post Office parking lot just before 6 p.m. Friday when he struck a Ford Focus traveling northbound, said Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The Lexus didn't stop after the initial impact, said Bob Burd, of Castaic, who watched the incident unfold from the post-office parking lot.

"I heard the crash and got out my car, ready to help. I figured it was a left-hand collision. No big deal." Burd said.
Then things got weird, he said.

"(The elderly driver) came round the corner going full speed. I mean he was hauling." Burd said.

The Lexus raced through the post-office parking lot, making a wide, sweeping right-hand turn that sent the car head-on for a tree on the grassy knoll between the lot and McBean Parkway. The vehicle hit a planter box, launched into the air and landed on the knoll.

Burd ran to the mangled car to find the driver with blood dripping from his hands and the air bag deployed.
The senior citizen's first concern?

Paying his property taxes.

"He asked me if I could get his taxes in the mail because today's the deadline," Burd said.

Burd, the Good Samaritan, ran the envelope into the post office and got the mail postmarked at 5:56 p.m., he said.

The driver was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Allen said. He has not been charged with any traffic violations.


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