[KHTS] – Rick Allen Walker, 54, of Canyon Country was sentenced to seven years in state prison on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Walker is convicted of four counts of DUI causing injury in connection with a wrong way crash on June 17.
Walker was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 14 during rush hour, when he struck several cars, starting a chain reaction that involved nine vehicles. Eleven people were injured, four of them seriously.
Walker suffered lacerations in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was treated for his injuries, and booked into the CHP’s Newhall station.
He pleaded no contest on Aug. 19 the the four counts.
Judge Michael O’Gara imposed the maximum sentence on Walker at the San Fernando Courthouse, according to a statement released by the D.A.’s Office.
Deputy District Attorney Ani Bailey of the San Fernando Branch Office prosecuted the case.
Due to an excessive heat forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley, the city of Santa Clarita will have its three branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library open as cooling centers beginning Tuesday, June 15.
Although they are still awaiting the autopsy results, Los Angeles County Homicide Bureau detectives said they do not believe at this time that foul play resulted in a body being discovered near Castaic Lake on Tuesday.
In an improvement from his critical, yet stable, status last week, the Los Angeles County Fire Department captain hospitalized at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is in “fair” condition, according to officials.
Following its selection by the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Southern California Chapter as a 2020 Project of the Year, the city of Santa Clarita’s Inclusive Play Area at Canyon Country Park was recently named the Innovative Design of the Year Project by the APWA’s High Desert Branch.
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