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Man arrested in connection with June gas station crash

Posted: September 15, 2011 11:25 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2011 11:25 a.m.

Larry Lackey, right, of Lackey’s Welding climbs the collapsed canopy of a Chevron gas station after a crash in Newhall on Friday.



Local detectives arrested a man Thursday in connection with a June crash that sent a car careening into a Newhall gas station, toppling the canopy, destroying two pumps and starting a fire.

“We arrested a man today in connection with the Chevron crash,” Det. Jeff Maag, a traffic investigator with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Travis Kolbo, 31, of Newhall, was arrested on a warrant about 8:50 a.m. Thursday and booked into custody about an hour later, held on $200,000 bail.

He is expected to appear in San Fernando Superior Court to face charges in connection with the crash today.
About 2 a.m. June 17, a motorist allegedly tried to elude a sheriff’s deputy when he crashed his car into the pumps at the

Chevron station on the corner of Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway.

The driver and a passenger were hospitalized. The passenger suffered serious injury, Maag said.

The suspect’s car ran into four gas pumps and tore them from their bases, according to sheriff’s deputies. The crash knocked a support pillar, causing the metal overhang to topple to the ground. A fire erupted at the pumps, deputies said.

The driver of the Nissan and his passenger, a 30-year-old woman, were injured in the crash. They were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment.


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