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UPDATE: Injured Canyon Country bicyclist in serious condition

Posted: December 25, 2012 12:05 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2012 12:05 p.m.

A Canyon Country man who was struck on his bicycle Saturday is still in serious condition and has been experiencing some problems moving his arms, his wife said Tuesday.

Kevin Korenthal was involved in a head-on collision with a car while riding his bicycle near Little Tujunga Road, off Sand Canyon Road.

He has already undergone hours of surgery, but Monday experienced some difficulty moving his arms, according to his wife, Christine.

Christine Korenthal said the doctors think this difficulty may be the result of swelling as opposed to a spinal cord injury, but at this point nothing is certain.

“We’re just waiting at this point,” Christine Korenthal said. “That’s all we can do.”

Kevin Korenthal is active locally in both the cycling and the political and education community. He is a co-founder of the Santa Clarita Valley Trail Users — a group that advocates equal access for bicycles on local trails — and has also run for a spot on the board of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

He has also spoken repeatedly and publicly in favor of the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences’ attempts to gain an elementary school charter in Santa Clarita.

Kevin Korenthal was also involved in another bicycle-auto collision on Pacific Coast Highway when he was 19 years old, his wife said. The injuries he sustained in that crash caused him to lose his leg below the knee ten years ago, she said.

The driver of the car in Saturday’s collision, 16-year-old Kalan Strauss of Canyon Country, was not cited in the incident.

Kevin Korenthal is self-employed so Christine Korenthal said the family needs financial help while he is unable to work. Donations to the Korenthal family can be made at:


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