Coroner IDs Woman Killed In Three-Car Collision Over Labor Day Weekend
Officials with the Coroner's Office identified a woman who was killed in a three-car collision in Castaic over the Labor Day weekend, officials said Tuesday.
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A 2005 Suzuki XL7 driven by Jason Trinidad, 24, of Union City, drifted onto the right shoulder and struck Cynthia Ray, 36, of Bakersfield, as she stood roadside behind a pair of trucks on the northbound side of Interstate 5, a few miles north of the Lake Hughes Road offramp in Castaic, according to officials.
Trinidad's SUV hit Ray and then collided into a Ford F-250 and its trailer, which was directly behind a Ford F-450 truck with a trailer, both of which were in front of Ray, according to a CHP news release.
Ray was declared dead at the scene of the crash by emergency personnel who responded to the scene.
Three girls had seatbelts on in the back of the Ford F-250, and were uninjured. Trinidad sustained moderate injuries and his passenger Lucia Neco sustained minor injuries.
No arrests have been made at this time.
"Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision at this time," said CHP officials. "This collision remains under investigation."
The Ford F-250 with trailer came to rest in the slow lane of northbound I-5 and the 2005 Suzuki remained on the right shoulder, according to the CHP news release.
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Rickey Ray Jr., who was outside of the truck during the collision, and passenger Jerry Bradford were struck by debris from the collision and sustained minor to moderate injuries.
CHP officials received the call around 1:55 p.m. on Sunday and responded with Los Angeles County Fire Department Stations 149, 124, 76, 126, American Medical Response and the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials.
There were nine total patients, four were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, two declined medical attention, two "met the trauma criteria guidelines," in addition to the fatality, according to Cheryl Sims, supervising fire dispatcher for the county Fire Department, on Sunday.
The slow lane and the lane to the left of it were closed for more than four hours.
The lanes were reopened around 7 p.m. on Sunday.