Ravine crash victim identified

Vincent Babudro's car retrieved by firefighters Thursday. photo by Austin Dave, The Signal.

California Highway Patrol investigators probing the discovery Thursday of a person found at the bottom of a ravine in a crashed car have identified the driver killed in the incident as 21-year-old Vincent T.M. Babudro of Ramsey, Minnesota.

The young man recently came to California, according to a Sunland woman who runs a community social media page visited by Babudro’s friends.

Members of his family came to California a couple of days ago to search for him after they failed to hear from him, she told The Signal Thursday.

CHP investigators said the fatal crash happened a week ago.

“On Oct. 26, sometime after 2200 hours, Party #1 (Babudro) was driving Vehicle #1 (a 2002 Volvo) on Little Tujunga Canyon Road, westbound, east of Placerita Canyon Road,” the CHP Investigator wrote in the report.

“Preliminary investigation determined (Babudro) veered left across the eastbound lane onto the dirt shoulder and struck a dirt berm before going over the side of a mountain,” the investigator wrote.

The young man’s vehicle rolled numerous times, causing his fatal injuries.

The eastbound lane of Little Tujunga Canyon Rd. was closed for more than six hours.

Speed is suspected to be a factor in this collision.

CHP officers began investigating the discovery of Babudro’s car shortly after 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Emergency response crews spent most of the day retrieving the car and recovering his body.

The incident was reported to emergency response officials about 10:50 a.m. Thursday as a vehicle that went over the side of a cliff off of Little Tujunga Road near mile marker 9.67.

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