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Castaic Lake: Driver Killed, Passenger Alvaro Avila Injured in Crash

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

At about 7:45 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014, a 65-year-old driver was killed and his 39-year-old passenger, Alvaro Avila, of Van Nuys, was injured in a crash north of Castaic Lake, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling south on Lake Hughes Road, the driver of the 1995 GMC Sierra pickup drifted into the dirt shoulder. When he overcorrected, the vehicle spun across the road and plunged 250 feet down a canyon, landing on a ledge 40 feet above the bottom of a gorge. The driver was killed in the accident. Avila suffered a broken pelvis and internal injuries. He spent two nights in the canyon before a driver who had noticed fresh skid marks on the road found him on Sunday. He was flown to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash. 


Throughout Los Angeles County, motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 72,593 people in 2011, the most recent year for which the California Office of Traffic Safety has accident data. The agency ranked Los Angeles 9th out of 58 California counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,791 people lost their lives in traffic accidents that year. 


Vehicle occupants who are seriously or fatally injured in crashes may file civil claims against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Alvaro Avila. 

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