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Man recovering today after crash, surviving in ravine

Posted: September 30, 2011 9:41 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2011 9:41 a.m.

A Lake Hughes grandfather is in serious condition and recovering at a local hospital.

The man survived six days in wilderness after his car went off Lake Hughes Road into a ravine, landing next to a second crashed vehicle at the bottom of the same hill that contained an unidentified dead body.

David Lavau, 67, is in serious condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said this morning. He is recovering today.

The man went missing Friday night, and survived six days in the Angeles National Forest by eating bugs and plants, said Inspector Matt Levesque of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Lavau was found at about 7 p.m. Thursday at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine by family members looking for him.

"He ended up next to another vehicle in which a deceased person was found," Levesque said, who described the two crashed vehicles as "pretty close."

The two crashes appear unrelated, he said.

Lavau survived by eating bugs and plants, he said.


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