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Woman dies in I-5 crash

Posted: May 31, 2008 1:35 a.m.
Updated: August 1, 2008 5:03 a.m.

A Bakersfield woman died and two other people suffered injuries after the car in which they were traveling crashed into a drainage ditch near Gorman Friday morning.

Miguel Saenz, 25, of Los Angeles, was driving a 2008 Honda Civic south on Interstate 5 south of Gorman around 10:15 a.m. when a motorist driving a Mini Cooper cut him off, according to Officer Ruben Soliz with the California Highway Patrol's Fort Tejon station.

Saenz swerved to avoid the Mini Cooper, Soliz said, then lost control, sending the car crashing into a concrete drainage ditch.

Saenz suffered a broken leg and multiple cuts, Soliz said, and 25-year-old Veronica Magana, who was sitting in the front seat, complained of abdominal and neck pain.

Georgina Magana, 24, of Bakersfield, was sitting in the back seat. Soliz said paramedics performed CPR at the scene before she was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Saenz and Veronica Magana were taken to USC Medical Center, Soliz said, and added all three were wearing their seatbelts.

"The front end (of the car) was completely destroyed," Soliz said. "The inside was all intact. The airbags all deployed."

The cause of Georgina Magana's death is under investigation.

Anyone with information can call the CHP Fort Tejon station at (661) 248-6655.


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