In a wrongful death caused by an intoxicated driver in Santa Clarita, California, one person was killed and four others injured after a three-car crash caused by a vehicle apparently traveling the wrong way on northbound Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road early Saturday morning.
Shortly before 3:30 a.m. a Toyota Tundra truck driven by 38-year-old Burbank resident Bradford E. Pate entered the northbound lanes of Highway 14 north of Escondido Canyon Road and began traveling in the southbound direction, according to an incident report from the California Highway Patrol.
Shortly thereafter, Pate’s truck collided head-on with a second vehicle, a Chrysler 300 sedan, south of Escondido Canyon Road, according to the report.
The driver of the Chrysler, a man, was killed in the collision. His name has not been released.
Two passengers in the Chrysler, a man and a woman, suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision. The woman was airlifted from the scene to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center while the man was transported to Henry Mayo, according to the CHP report.
Pate was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with injuries that are life-threatening, according to the CHP report.
Pate is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol at the time the crash occurred and has been arrested for
DUI causing injury and DUI causing injury with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above, according to the CHP report.
Pate’s truck rolled over as a result of the collision while the Chrysler deflected and collided with a third vehicle, a Ford Econoline. The driver of the Econoline was not injured in the crash while one passenger suffered a minor cut to one of his arms.
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.
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Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.