A Canyon Country man was killed and three people injured in a high-speed traffic collision on Golden Valley Road at Dorothy Street in the unincorporated area of the Santa Clarita Valley late Tuesday night, according to California Highway Patrol officials.
Excessive speed and alcohol may be a contributing factor for the cause of this collision, officials said.
At approximately 10:50 p.m., a white Honda Civic was traveling southbound on Golden Valley Road approaching the intersection with Dorothy St. at a high rate of speed.
A tan Toyota Sienna was traveling northbound on Golden Valley Rd., within the No. 1 lane, entered the intersection of Dorothy St.
The driver of the white Honda, identified Wednesday morning by Lt. Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as Matthew Thibodeau, 31, of Canyon Country, made an immediate left turn from the No. 1 lane of Golden Valley Rd. to eastbound Dorothy St., against a red traffic arrow, directly in front of the Toyota Sienna’s path of travel.
The white Honda Civic and the tan Toyota Sienna were involved in a head-on collision.
As a result of the collision, Thibodeau succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The driver of the tan Toyota Sienna, identified by the CHP as Richard Oldhafer, 48, of Santa Clarita, and his three-year-old child were transported to Northridge Hospital via aerial transport and sustained major to moderate injuries as a result of the collision.
The right front passenger of the Honda Civic, identified as Katherine N. Powell, 29, of Northridge, sustained moderate injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital.
Through investigative measures, it was determined Thibodeau was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
This incident resulted in the closure of all northbound and southbound lanes of Golden Valley Road for approximately three and a half hours.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and assisted with traffic control.
The roadway was re-opened at approximately 2:15 a.m.
This collision is under investigation by the CHP’s Newhall Area Office. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Newhall office at 661-294-5540. Officer R. Alcantar, ID 18024, is handling the investigation.