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Teen girl in critical condition after crash

Collision sends her vehicle into tree

Posted: June 10, 2008 4:26 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2008 5:01 a.m.
A 16-year-old Santa Clarita girl was seriously injured late Monday night after her sport-utility vehicle collided with a station wagon in Newhall, Sgt. Byron Wainie said Tuesday.

The collision occurred on Wiley Canyon Road near Avenida Cappela just before midnight, according to a report filed with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

According to deputies, a 17-year-old Santa Clarita boy was driving his Volvo station wagon in the left lane of Wiley Canyon Road when he reportedly started drifting toward the center median. Deputies said the boy overcorrected and swerved back into the left lane while traveling westbound on Wiley Canyon Road toward Avenida Cappela.

As he swerved away from the median, he reportedly sideswiped a Honda sport-utility vehicle in the No. 2 lane.

The impact caused the Honda - driven by the 16-year-old girl - to careen onto the sidewalk along Wiley Canyon Road and collide head-on with a tree, according to the report.

When authorities arrived, the girl was found trapped in her vehicle, causing firefighters to use the Jaws of Life to get her out.

She was immediately taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries, Wainie said.

Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the collision, said Detective Jeff Maag. He also said the boy was not injured, and no criminal charges were pending.


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