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Jail worker injured in Saugus bike-car collision

Posted: May 27, 2014 2:46 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2014 2:46 p.m.

A Valencia cyclist suffered a broken leg and other injuries last weekend after colliding with a car in Saugus, emergency response officials said Tuesday.

Shortly before 8:10 a.m. Saturday, paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to reports of a traffic collision on Copper Hill Drive at Kenton Lane involving a bicyclist and a car, said Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller.

The cyclist, who works as a jailer’s assistant, suffered a broken leg, pain to his lower back, and cuts above his right ear and to both hands, said Traffic Investigator Deputy Jeff Maag of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The driver of the Hyundai Veloster involved in the crash was not reported to be injured.

The car and the bicycle were traveling in the same direction on Copper Hill when the crash occurred, Miller said.

The cyclist, who was wearing a helmet at the time, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. His name was not released.
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NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: May 27, 2014 3:35 p.m.

I wonder if it's the same Veloster I've encountered on Copper Hill. Whoever it was behind the wheel - you need to slow the *#$& down. Your "Veloster" is not a race car, and Copper Hill is not a race track.

bobforte: Posted: May 27, 2014 7:37 p.m.

Why is the occupation of the bicyclist mentioned, but not that of the driver? Was this just an attempt by Jim to make it look like a Sheriff's employee was involved in another accident on duty? Just wondering.

If the bicyclist was a McDonald's employee would the article have been written?

EIther way, glad he is OK. I saw this on the way home Saturday morning.

ricketzz: Posted: May 28, 2014 7:05 a.m.

Copper Hill lends itself well to road rage. The 2 lanes, one lane, two lanes, race to one lane, etc. is very conducive to aggressive driving. I stopped taking it once the CVC was built.

bobforte: Posted: May 28, 2014 12:11 p.m.

The one lane on Copperhill near Haskell Canyon was eliminated a few weeks ago, thank God, and made into two lanes.

Unreal: Posted: May 30, 2014 9:18 a.m.

Yeah, I don't think his job was relevant to the story at all. The only way his job would be relevant is if he was biking back and forth to work, but the story did not say that.

MarkDSayre: Posted: May 30, 2014 1:03 p.m.

Sometime ago I posted about another cyclist injured and there was a good deal of back and forth about the legal obligations of cyclists and how the problem was really all about cyclist using the roadway. There was little in the way of a reciprocal discussion about the legal obligations of drivers. I predicted back then that unless law enforcement here in the valley begin to slow drivers down (tickets and speed traps) we would see a serious if not fatal accident involving a cyclist. Moreover, the story here isn't complete-- I have heard that this cyclist was hit from behind and may lose his leg. It has been reported that his ear was reattached and he had other significant injuries. When will our Sheriff's Department and CHP do their job and start protecting all legitimate users of the roadway?

Unreal: Posted: May 30, 2014 1:50 p.m.

MarkDSayre: The story says nothing about who was at fault. Did the bike veer into the car or did the car veer into the bike.

You may be correct, but to take a leap before all the facts are reported is jumping the gun.

bobforte: Posted: May 30, 2014 8:53 p.m.

Speed traps? Are those legal?

MarkDSayre: Posted: June 2, 2014 6:43 a.m.

My information comes from Facebook posts of friends of the cyclist which can be found on I encourage The Signal to investigate and post a follow up article which would identify the injuries of the cyclist and whether the cause of the accident has been determined by the policing agency who is investigating it.

bobforte- Yes. Its the speeding that's illegal.

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