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Family of Sand Canyon crash victim warns drivers

Posted: May 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

The father of a popular woman killed in a single-car crash on Sand Canyon wants Santa Clarita Valley’s young drivers to take greater care travelling on local roads.

Kevin and Michelle Schlumpberger, whose charismatic daughter Brittany died Wednesday night, said their family - although buoyed by their faith - is struggling with the tragedy.

“It’s like a bad dream and you can’t wake up,” Michelle Schlumpberger told The Signal Sunday.

“We’re still dealing with the news, and we’re barely getting through it,” her husband Kevin said. “But, we have no doubt where she is and we will join her one day.

“She had given her life to the lord,” he said.

The tragedy has led Schlumpberger and the rest of the family to do what they can to stop a single other local young adult from also dying in a vehicle crash.

“I have a message for the youth of Santa Clarita - drive responsibly,” he said.

Brittany Lynn Schlumpberger would have turned 30 years old today (MONDAY) - her birthday.

Instead, her family is making arrangements for a private family funeral service scheduled for this Saturday.

On Wednesday, shortly before 11:30 p.m., Schlumpberger died in a single-vehicle crash on Sand Canyon Road south of Alamo Canyon Road, the same location where a 19-year-old Dakota DeMott was killed a little over a year ago.

Kevin Schlumpberger said recalls all too well the tragedy of DeMott’s death.

“We’ve seen too many kids die in Santa Clarita,” he said. “The city keeps growing and kids keep crashing.”

Schlumpberger’s death, meanwhile, continues to attract an outpouring of respect and sympathy, with several tribute comments posted on a website set up in her honor, he said.

SCV BORN & RAISED

Brittany Schlumpberger is one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s own, having been born and raised here.

In 2001, she lived on Josel Drive off of Sand Canyon Road, graduated from Canyon High School and was working towards becoming a nurse, her father said.

“Her desire was to become a nurse,” he said.

Last fall, she moved to Bullhead, Arizona, where she had friends.

Three weeks ago, however, she moved back to the place where she had grown up.

“She had a contagious smile,” said her father. “And, she pretty much lived her live by that.”

Before she moved out of state, she worked at the Backwoods Inn on Sierra Highway and attended the Church of the Canyons, a half mile from the fatal crash site on Sand Canyon Road.

Family members hope to learn more about what happened Wednesday night once an autopsy is done, the victim’s father said.

“The officers I’ve talked to have just said, basically, she was driving too fast,” he said, referring to conversations with traffic investigators at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Detective Travis Kelly wants anyone who witnessed the crash to call him as he continues his investigation of Wednesday’s crash.

He can be reached at (661) 255-1121.

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