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Coroner Identifies Bicyclist Killed In Traffic Collision Wednesday

Coroner Identifies Bicyclist Killed In Traffic Collision Wednesday

An official with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner identified Friday a man who was killed in a collision earlier this week.


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Luis Ochoa, 47, of Newhall, was crossing the intersection on his bicycle when he was struck by a Los Angeles County vehicle.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are still investigating the scene of a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, said Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Sheriff Station’s Traffic Unit.

The collision took place at the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Railroad Avenue.

“The bicyclist was heading northbound on Railroad and went against a red light,” Cohen said, adding that this was based on initial witness reports, and that Sheriff’s Station officials were waiting for the Coroner’s Office to arrive on scene.

The truck was making a left-hand turn from Magic Mountain Parkway on to Bouquet Canyon Road.

Ochoa was declared dead at the scene.

The driver was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital to have his blood alcohol level tested, as a precaution, but it’s not suspected to be a factor in the crash, Cohen said.

“It’s not suspected but we have to rule that out,” he said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear as though the driver, who was operating a Los Angeles County vehicle, will face charges in the crash.

The identity of the driver was not released by Sheriff’s Station officials.

Alex Salazar, 25, who said his Valencia home is right next to the intersection, said he just finished taking his niece to school when he returned and saw the traffic stopped.

“It was weird, you never see this type of thing here,” he said, who described the scene as tragic.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies investigate the scene of a fatal crash


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Coroner Identifies Bicyclist Killed In Traffic Collision Wednesday

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