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SCV man killed near Acton

• Collision marks fourth road death since Sunday

Posted: June 26, 2008 1:27 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2008 5:03 a.m.

A 25-year-old Canyon Country man was killed Wednesday morning in Acton after his car was broadsided by another vehicle, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officials haven't released the name of the Canyon Country man. The unidentified driver died due to injuries he suffered in the collision, according to officers at the Antelope Valley CHP station. He was declared dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.

Shortly after 8:15 a.m., the 25-year-old man was driving his 2005 Saab 92X south on Santiago Road when he approached a stop sign at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road, CHP Officer Rivott said, and added that the driver came to a complete stop at the intersection before continuing south.

As he crossed into Soledad Canyon Road, the driver of the Saab was directly in the path of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Lancaster resident Gary Benshine, 57, who was traveling west on Soledad Canyon Road. Benshine's Jeep broadsided the Saab. Both drivers were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital. The extent of Benshine's injuries was unknown.

The Saab driver's name was withheld, as his next of kin still had not been notified by late Wednesday afternoon.

The 25-year-old driver was the fourth motorist to die in the Acton/Agua Dulce area this week. On Sunday morning, a Palmdale man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on Soledad Canyon Road. Sunday evening, two Palmdale men were killed after their vehicle spun out of control on Highway 14 near Puritan Mine Road.


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