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Victim in fatal crash on Highway 14 identified

Posted: June 23, 2013 5:17 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2013 5:17 p.m.

A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 14 early Saturday has resulted in the death of an elderly Quartz Hill man, the injury of three others and the arrest of a Burbank resident suspected of driving the wrong way and under the influence of alcohol, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.

Manard Giles, 77, was killed in the crash that involved three vehicles and 12 people, injuring three of them critically, said CHP Sgt. John Lutz in a news release issued Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the seriously injured is suspected wrong-way driver Bradford E. Pate, 38, of Burbank, who is also suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, Lutz said.

Pate was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and DUI causing injury while having a blood/alcohol level greater than .08, he said.

He remains in custody with bail set at $1 million, scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday.

Pate was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with major injuries where he was admitted due to his injuries, Lutz said. Henry Mayo spokeswoman Katreena Salgado said she has no information on his medical condition.

Two passengers in the Giles vehicle - a 2006 Chrysler 300 - were each airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries. Lennard A. Wilds, 47, and Mattie L. Ferguson, 60, both of Lancaster, were taken to Henry Mayo and Providence Holy Cross hospitals respectively.

“Wilds remains under obserservation in the intensive care unit,” Salgado said Sunday.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a 2006 Toyota Tundra operated by Pate, according to Lutz, entered the northbound lanes of Highway 14, north of Escondido Canyon Road, traveling southbound.

The Toyota rolled over after it collided head on with the Chrysler south of Escondido Canyon Road, he said.

The Chrysler deflected and collided with a third vehicle - a 2013 Ford Econoline transporting eight occupants, four of them live in Palmdale, three in Lancaster and one in Quartz Hill. None of the eight were injured, Lutz said.

Saturday’s crash marks the second time in less than a week that a crash has involved a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road. Thirteen people were hurt in a nine-car pileup Monday that was reportedly caused by a wrong-way driver.

The driver of that vehicle was also later arrested for DUI.

Saturday’s crash remains under investigation.


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