CALIFORNIA: Joshua Austin charged in fatal DUI crash; Held on $120,000 Bail

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Canyon Country Fatal Traffic Collision Ends With Joshua Austin Facing DUI Homicide Charges; Held on $120,000 Bail

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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, on Monday, February 11, 2019, at approximately 11:24 P.M., Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station was notified of an injury traffic collision involving three vehicles, a pickup truck and two other vehicles. Deputies, Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Upon arrival, officers located a Ford Ranger pickup, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Prius which had been involved in the collision.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal crash at the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country late Monday night. Photo courtesy of Cory Rubin/The Signal

Preliminary indications are that the driver of the Ford Ranger pickup truck, 20-year-old Joshua Austin of Santa Clarita, was traveling westbound on Soledad Canyon Road, when he failed to stop at a red light, and collided with the driver’s side of the Hyundai Elantra. The driver of the Hyundai Elantra was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police say that the driver of a third vehicle, a Toyota Prius, that was involved in the collision was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, Joshua Austin, was detained at the scene by deputies and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Office detectives are in the early stages of this investigation, however, speed and driving under the influence of alcohol are being examined as possible factors that led to the fatal traffic collision.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to call Detective Cramer of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Office at (661) 255-1121 ext. 5111. You can also submit information through LA CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by using the website 

Booking No.: 5544966       Last Name: AUSTIN       First Name: JOSHUA       Middle Name: 

Sex: M       Race: W       Date Of Birth: 06/24/1998       Age: 20       Hair: BRO       Eyes: HAZ       Height: 511       Weight: 135 

Charge Level: F   (Felony)
ARRESTArrest Date: 02/12/2019       Arrest Time: 0001       Arrest Agency: 0601       Agency Description: LASD-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY PATROL 

Date Booked: 02/12/2019       Time Booked: 0250       Booking Location: SCT       Location Description: STA – SANTA CLARITA VALLEY
BAILTotal Bail Amount: 120,000.00       Total Hold Bail Amount: 0.00       Grand Total: 120,000.00

Permanent Housing Assigned Date: 02/12/2019       Assigned Time: 1118       

Address: 450 BAUCHET STREET       City: LOS ANGELES 

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