Fatal San Francisquito Auto Accident
Stephanie Lynn Baker, a 35-year-old Chatsworth woman, was killed in a Los Angeles County car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita Valley the morning of March 14, 2009. According to an article in The Signal, Baker’s car, a 2003 Kia, was heading southbound on San Francisquito Canyon when her car drifted into the northbound lane. A Saugus man, driving a 1999 Dodge about 40 mph, veered onto the right shoulder, but wasn’t able to avoid a head-on collision with Baker’s Kia. Baker died after she was airlifted to the hospital. The driver of the Dodge suffered minor injuries.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Stephanie Lynn Baker, who was fatally injured in this auto accident. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this woman. Please keep them in your prayers. I’m also relieved that the driver of the Dodge was not seriously injured in this crash. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 traffic accident statistics, there were five fatalities and 604 injuries related to auto accidents in Santa Clarita. In Los Angeles County as a whole, there were 748 fatalities and 57,069 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents.
Family members and friends of Stephanie Lynn Baker probably have a lot of unanswered questions at this point. There is no indication that she was distracted, using her cell phone or that she had fallen asleep at the wheel. What caused Baker to drift to the opposing lanes? Did the Kia have a mechanical malfunction? Was there an auto product defect in the vehicle that caused Baker to lose control? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused the head-on collision? Was there any debris on the roadway that caused Baker to veer off course? This tragic crash could have occurred due to one of these reasons or some other factor we have not touched upon yet.
Stephanie Lynn Baker’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles auto product defect lawyer who will be able to look into the facts of the case and determine who should be held responsible for this accident. A skilled Southern California auto accident lawyer will advise the family to preserve the Kia in its current, crashed state so that it can be examined by an expert for mechanical problems, product defects and other evidence.