Deputies Save Motorist Over the Side of Angels Crest Highway
On July 30, 2013, at approximately 1:10 AM Crescenta Valley Station Deputies Tsuang, Goble, and Dallakyan were flagged down by a group of motorists who told the deputies their friend’s black Honda had possibly gone over the side of Angeles Crest Highway. The deputies organized a search of the area and discovered the vehicle approximately 450 feet over the side of Angeles Crest Highway at mile marker 42. The driver and passenger had been ejected. The passenger was able to crawl from the scene and was able to reach safety at a nearby gas station. The driver was hanging on to the side of the mountain approximately 100–150 feet down. Deputies Goble and Dallakyan slid down the steep hill to render aid. Once they reached the driver, Deputy Goble held onto him preventing a possible 400-foot fatal fall down the mountain. The deputies kept him talking to keep him alert and conscious as he appeared to be in a delirious state of mind.
While the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, and the California Highway Patrol were en route the deputies kept Deputy Tsuang, who was at the top of the incline, appraised of the driver’s condition. The three deputies worked together to coordinated the life-saving efforts. The deputies held on to the victim for 30-45 minutes before search and rescue team members were able to rappel down and rescue them from the canyon.
The efforts of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team were successful. The driver, a 21-year-old resident of Highland Park, suffered head trauma and internal injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. The passenger, a 21-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for possible internal injuries. Deputy Goble and Dallakyan sustained minor cuts and scrapes.
For additional information contact Lieutenant Shepherd at (818) 248-3464.
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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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