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Valencia man dies in crash with big rig

Hans Rudolph Beyeler was a local soccer referee, community volunteer

Posted: July 9, 2008 2:11 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.

A Valencia man who was killed Monday after his car crashed into a big-rig near Sunland was identified Tuesday by the county Coroner’s Office as Hans Rudolph Beyeler, a local soccer referee and professional engineer.

Beyeler was 56.

“He was definitely a community volunteer,” said Judy Umeck, a Saugus school board trustee and acquaintance of Beyeler for nearly 15 years. Beyeler officiated Saugus High School soccer games and numerous American Youth Soccer Organization games in the Santa Clarita Valley, Umeck said.

She added that several members of Beyeler’s family live in Switzerland.

“He loved the sport, he loved the kids and he did it for free,” said Valencia resident Ted Norris, who met Beyeler through AYSO and knew him for more than 12 years. “He invested a lot of time in teaching other referees.”

At approximately 7:50 a.m. Monday, Beyeler was traveling east on Interstate 210 near La Tuna Canyon Road when, for unknown reasons, his car veered into the right shoulder and slammed into the trailer of a disabled big-rig, according to Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol’s Altadena station.

Moments earlier, the big-rig had reportedly pulled over to the right shoulder and was parked. The truck driver set out safety reflectors and was waiting for assistance when Beyeler’s 2007 Mazda reportedly collided into the trailer.

The cause of the collision was not known as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the CHP.


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