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2nd victim dies in Highway 14 wrong-way crash Saturday

Posted: June 25, 2013 2:01 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2013 2:01 p.m.

A three-vehicle crash blamed on a “wrong way” driver early Saturday on Highway 14 has claimed another life, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said Tuesday.

Mattie L. Ferguson, 60, of Lancaster died at 9:18 p.m. Monday, Sgt. John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol said in a news release today.

Ferguson was a passenger in the 2006 Chrysler 300 driven Manard Giles, 77, of Quartz Hill, who died at the scene of the crash.

Ferguson had been airlifted to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center the night of the crash. Two others injured in the collision were sent to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

One of those 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.

Henry Mayo spokeswoman Katreena Salgado said Tuesday Pate is listed in stable condition.

He remains in custody with bail set at $1 million.

Lennard A. Wilds, 47, a second passenger in the Giles vehicle, was also taken to Henry Mayo. He was in intensive care Monday.

Pate alleged drove a 2006 Toyota Tundra up the northbound off-ramp of Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Lutz said. He was traveling southbound on the northbound lanes.

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

The Chrysler deflected and collided with a third vehicle — a 2013 Ford Econoline transporting eight Antelope Valley occupants, None was injured, Lutz said.
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