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Sylmar man killed in crash near Calgrove Saturday night

Posted: May 25, 2014 10:11 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2014 11:15 a.m.

A Saturday night single-vehicle traffic collision on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard has claimed the life of a 33-year-old Dale James Starn of Sylmar.

About 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Starn was the sole occupant of a 2006 Toyota Tundra, travelling northbound on Interstate 5, just south of Calgrove Boulevard, in an unknown lane, at an unknown speed, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Michelle Esposito wrote in her report.

“For unknown reasons, Starn veered to the right and drove onto the right shoulder of the interstate striking the raised asphalt berm with the right side tires of the Tundra,” she wrote.

The truck “continued down the dirt/brush embankment and overturned, ejecting Starn from the vehicle causing fatal injuries,” she reported.

Esposito noted in her report that safety equipment was not used at the time of the crash.

An officer with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department was called to the scene.


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KimChiPark: Posted: May 25, 2014 7:29 p.m.

"that safety equipment was not used at the time of the crash."
But, was he wearing his seatbelt?
What was the safety equipment that was not being used? Helmet? Air bags? Roll cage? Halon fire system? Really big bubble wrap?

Rick54: Posted: May 26, 2014 11:14 p.m.

Good coverage and reporting Jim. I understood everything you wrote and meant. The guy was obviously not wearing his seatbelt if he was thrown from the vehicle. So many think air bags are all that's necessary. Sad

Unreal: Posted: May 27, 2014 12:56 p.m.

Swerved for animal? Very sad.

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