UPDATE: Newhall crash victim identified as Valencia man

A single-vehicle collision in Newhall Wednesday morning resulted in one death, according to officials. Gilbert Bernal / The Signal.
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By Caleb Lunetta & Jim Holt

Signal Staff Writers

Coroner’s officials have identified the man killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Newhall as Yervand Darabedyan, 61, of Valencia.

Lt. Anthony Lopez, of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, said no official cause of death has been determined.

A single-vehicle collision in Newhall Wednesday morning resulted in one death, according to officials. Gilbert Bernal / The Signal.

Reports of the traffic collision came in at 7:29 a.m. at the corner at Oak Ridge Drive and Railroad Avenue in Newhall.

“It was a single-occupant, single-vehicle (crash), and (the driver) was DOA (dead on arrival),” said Marvin Lim, a representative for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “He didn’t hit any other cars.”

The call came in at 7:29 a.m. at the corner at Oak Ridge Drive and Railroad Avenue in Newhall.

“We didn’t actually confirm what he hit, but when the call came in, it was a power pole,”  said Lim.

A Valencia resident, who was walking his dog near the South Fork Creek trail, heard the crash.

“There was no sound of an accident, no sound of brakes, just a crash,” he said. “It sounded like a billboard coming down.”

As of 8:20 a.m., all northbound lanes of Railroad Avenue were shutdown as investigators on the scene worked to clear debris and search for the cause of the collision.

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