NEWHALL – A suspected drunk driver was arrested Saturday morning after he drove his pickup truck in the wrong direction on the 14 Freeway and caused a collision that killed a 77-year-old driver from Quartz Hill and critically injured the driver’s passengers.
The fatal collision happened around 3:23 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just south of Escondido Canyon Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Burbank resident Bradford E. Pate, 38, drove his 2006 Toyota Tundra south onto the northbound lanes of the freeway, just north of Escondido Canyon Road, the CHP report states.
The pickup truck collided head-on with a 2006 Chrysler, killing the driver and critically injuring two passengers.
Pate’s pickup truck rolled over after the collision, while the Chrysler deflected and struck a 2013 Ford Econoline van, the CHP report states.
The van’s driver, 43-year-old Juan M. Zamora of Lancaster, did not sustain any injuries in the crash; but a passenger, 42-year-old Quartz Hill resident Patrick Glesby, sustained minor injuries, including a cut to the left arm, according to the CHP report.
The Chrysler’s driver, 77-year-old Manard Giles Jr. of Quartz Hill, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, 43-year-old Lennard A. Wilds of Lancaster, was airlifted to Henry Mayo Hospital with life threatening injuries. A female passenger who was not identified was airlifted to Holy Cross Hospital with life threatening injuries, the CHP report states.
Pate was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injuries and DUI causing injury with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above. He was admitted to Henry Mayo Hospital with major injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.
Saturday’s predawn collision is the second wrong way collision this week on the 14 Freeway. Both crashes happened along the same stretch of roadway. Read more on the first collision here.
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UPDATED @ 5:57 p.m. 6/22/13: The driver killed in the collision has been identified as 77-year-old MANARD GILES JR. of QUARTZ HILL, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.