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No second rider in car during Sunday’s fatal collision, investigator says

Posted: May 21, 2012 5:19 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:19 p.m.

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman who died after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday was the only person in the car, the lead investigator in the case said Monday.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Amber Popiel was travelling west on Soledad Canyon Road when her car left the roadway at Lost Canyon Road and struck a tree.

"She was the only person in the car," Traffic Investigator Deputy Jeff Maag of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Monday.

"She was driving too fast and lost control," he said. "So I don't think there's going to be much more in terms in the investigation."

On Sunday, an official from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said paramedics reported treating a second person at the scene.

When asked about a second victim, Maag said if another person received medical treatment at the scene of the crash, that person was not involved in the collision.

"If anyone else was in the car, they wouldn't be treated for minor injuries," he said, referring the intensity of the collision.

Force of the collision split the car into at least two pieces, Maag said shortly after the crash.

Popiel, a 2000 graduate of Canyon High School, was married and lived on River Circle, about 1.5 miles west of the collision site.

According a report issued by sheriff's deputies, she was
ejected after her vehicle struck a tree near Lost Canyon Road on Soledad near Highway 14.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Sheriff's Department traffic office Investigators Maag or Deputy Michael Shapiro at 799-5112.




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