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Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

18-year-old had just graduated from Valencia High School

Posted: June 19, 2014 4:32 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2014 4:32 p.m.

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

About 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Andrew Reynoso, 18, of Newhall was pronounced dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, according to the young man’s brother.

“My little brother is dead,” said the victim’s brother, Jose Salcido. “Our mother has not stopped crying.”

Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters were dispatched to a collision involving a gray Mitsubishi Gallant and a blue Toyota sedan with a single occupant of each car trapped inside, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Michael Pittman.

The drivers were taken in separate ambulances to Henry Mayo.

Reynoso, who graduated May 30, had just left his girlfriend’s house and was driving his blue Toyota south on San Francisquito to see his father, Salcido said.

“He just graduated,” Salcido said, crying uncontrollably Thursday. “He had a job lined up with my uncle. He had a girlfriend and his whole life in front of him.”

The driver of the Mitsubishi “suffered moderate injuries and is expected to recover,” California Highway Patrol Officer Richard Byrod said Thursday.

“It appears the deceased man’s vehicle went off the roadway and (he) lost control,” Byrod said. “The impact involved a vehicle on the northbound side.”

Although San Francisquito Canyon Road has many turns, Wednesday’s crash happened on a straight stretch north of Lowridge Place, Byrod said.

Pittman described the crash site as the “29000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road” about 2 1/2 miles north of Copper Hill Drive in the canyon.

Arriving firefighters found the two vehicles in the middle of the roadway. They used hydraulic sheers to cut away crumpled metal from each car and free a single occupant from each.

CHP officers were investigating the collision.

Salcido, who held up his cell phone to show an image of his brother driving during an interview Thursday, said Reynoso was a safe driver.

“Look, he wouldn’t even look over at me when I was taking this picture. He kept both hands on the wheel.”
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