On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 8:46 AM, four Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one LAFD Heavy Rescue and one EMS Battalion Captain under the direction of Battalion Chief Ronnie Villanueva responded to a Civilian Fatality Traffic Collision near 9258 La Tuna Canyon Road in La Tuna Canyon.
Firefighters arrived quickly two miles 'south' of the Foothill Freeway to find a collision between a compact sedan and a compact sport utility vehicle.
The 31 year-old female driver and sole occupant of the sedan was badly trapped in the wrecakge and had sustained massive crushing traumatic injuries incompatible with life. She was declared deceased at the scene.
The 17 year-old male driver and sole occupant of the sport utility vehicle sustained unspecified non-life threatening injuries. In fair condition, he was transported by LAFD Paramedics to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.
A cursory evaluation indicated that the woman and teen were both wearing seat belts and that their supplemental air bag restraint systems had deployed during the collision.
No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters remained at the scene for more than one hour to assist Los Angeles Police Officers, and later returned to assist the Coroner's Office with the dolorous task of disentangling the woman from the wreckage in a discrete and dignified manner.
The Los Angeles Police Department will be handling the collision investigation, while officials from the Coroner's Office will seek to positively identify the decedent as well as determine the exact cause, time and manner of her death.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
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