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Sand Canyon residents remember youth killed at oak tree 32 years ago

Posted: May 8, 2013 4:00 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 4:00 a.m.

A memorial for Brittany Schlumpberger can be seen Tuesday at the base of the oak tree where she died. Signal photo by Dan Watson

While Kevin and Michelle Schlumpberger prepare for the funeral of their daughter, Brittany, killed last week in a single-car crash on Sand Canyon Road, others in Canyon Country recall a teen who died at the same spot 32 years ago today.

On May 8, 1981, 17-year-old David Harold Spencer of Canyon Country was killed when the car he was driving on Sand Canyon Road crashed into an oak tree south of Alamo Canyon Road.

On May 1, shortly before 11:30 p.m., Brittany Schlumpberger, 29, died in a single-vehicle crash on Sand Canyon Road south of Alamo Canyon Road in the same location where Spender died three decades ago and 19-year-old Dakota DeMott was killed a little over a year ago.

Residents grieving over Schlumpberger’s death are still bothered by the memory of David Spencer’s death so long ago.

“When I got word about Brittany’s accident, I immediately remembered a precious young man who was killed almost 32 years to the day on Sand Canyon,” said a Canyon Country resident who contacted The Signal.

“The young man who died was David Spencer,” she wrote in an email to the newspaper.

“How many others have been killed in that same spot? So sad.

“Dave was such a precious young man. I remember he used to work at 31 Flavors,” she said. “I often think of him when I pass by there.”

Spencer was a student at Canyon Country Christian Schools, now called Santa Clarita Christian School.

In news reports of the 1981 crash, officers with the California Highway Patrol were quoted saying Spencer’s car was traveling about 85 miles per hour when he “lost control, tried to make a right turn and hit the oak.”

Spencer’s brother, Michael, was injured in the crash.

Earlier this week, Brittany Schlumpberger’s father, Kevin, made a public appeal for young drivers to slow down and drive responsibly.

He also noted that investigators had told him speed was a factor in his daughter’s death.

Ken Fisher, who lives where the fatal crashes occurred, also spoke to The Signal recently with concerns about the way people drive through the area.

Fisher, who went to Schlumpberger’s aid when the crash happened, also responded to the crash that claimed DeMott.

DeMott died Jan. 10, 2012, when the Ford Mustang in which he was a passenger slammed into the oak tree on Sand Canyon Road where Spencer and Schlumpberger also died.
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