Detective probing fatal crash waiting on blood tests

A trailer flipped over after colliding in a fatal accident on Golden Valley Road and Sierra Highway in Canyon Country, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

The detective probing Saturday’s fatal crash at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Golden Valley Road is waiting on the results of toxicology tests before he proceeds with the probe.

Traffic investigator Deputy Mark Cramer with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told The Signal Thursday that his investigation into the crash which claimed the life of 67-year-old Marie Davis is continuing.

“Right now I’m waiting for the blood (tests) to come back,” he said Thursday, noting no arrests have been in connection with the crash.

Blood tests, in a general sense, are a routine part of fatal crash investigation.  They indicate whether or not drugs or alcohol were present in the blood at the time of a crash, and if they were, indicate how much intoxicant was present.

The fatal crash – which involved three vehicles, including a City of Santa Clarita Transit bus – happened Saturday shortly after 5 p.m. at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Golden Valley Road.

“There were three injuries. One with minor injuries, one with moderate to severe injuries and one DOA,” Supervisor Art Marrujo of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal.

Both of the surviving patients were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, according to Marrujo.

The collision primarily involved a black, Toyota Prius and a white pickup truck that was towing a camper, Lt. Rob Hahnlein of the SCV Sheriff’s Station said.

A City of Santa Clarita Transit bus was also involved in the incident, but was not heavily damaged.

As a result of the crash, a power line was knocked  and live wires made contact with the ground.

At this time, alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. As per protocol when there is a fatality, all parties involved were tested on the scene, Hahnlein said.

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