Driver killed in Highway 126 crash ID’d; Valencia man unhurt

Ventura County firefighters work to remove a crash victim from a vehicle on Highway 126 Tuesday. Photo courtesy Joe Lopez

The driver killed Tuesday in a three-car, four-person crash on Highway 126 just west of Santa Clarita was identified by the Ventura County medical examiner’s office Wednesday as Patrick Scott, 25, of Ontario.

Craig Stevens, senior deputy medical examiner, confirmed the name to The Signal, and said Scott died of blunt-force head injuries.

Stevens’ report said Scott was wearing a seatbelt, and that airbags deployed.

A Valencia man was uninjured in the crash.

According to the report filed by the California Highway Patrol’s Moorpark division, the crash occurred about 3:39 p.m. on Highway 126, east of Main Street in the town of Piru.

The report said Scott, driving a white 2013 Honda Civic in the eastbound right lane of Highway 126, moved into the left lane and collided with a Toyota driven by Gustavo Zepeda, 27, of Valencia. The left rear of Scott’s car crashed into the front right of Zepeda’s, causing Scott’s car to spin out of control and into the westbound lanes, directly into the path of an oncoming Jeep Cherokee, the CHP report said.

The report said it appeared all the vehicles involved were obeying the area’s 60 mph speed limit.

Zepeda was uninjured, but the woman driving the Jeep, identified as Margaret Colin, 21, of Oxnard, suffered “major injuries” and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, the report said. The hospital would only say that, as of Wednesday, she was not a patient there.

Colin’s passenger, identified as Sarah Shin, was airlifted to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. She was discharged later Tuesday, the hospital said.

Highway 126 was closed either entirely or partially until 8:04 p.m., the CHP report said.

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