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Local News in Brief : Car’s Plunge From Freeway Kills 1, Hurts 5

A Porterville, Calif., man was killed and five people, including three children, were injured when the car in which they were riding went out of control on the Golden State Freeway near Castaic Lake and plunged down an embankment, officials said Sunday.

The 33-year-old man was one of six occupants of the car, which was traveling more than 80 m.p.h. when the accident occured Saturday south of Templin Highway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Diane Lowery. The driver, Sharon Fepp, 25, of Porterville lost control of the car, which skidded off the freeway, Lowery said.

The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

All but one of the car’s occupants, Joseph Leuzer, 20, were thrown from the car, Lowery said. Also injured were a 14-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, she said. The victim, who was riding in the front seat, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, she said.

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Fepp was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Lowery said. She was being treated for major injuries Sunday at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, officials said. The children also were being treated for injuries ranging from major to minor, while Leuzer was treated and released, they said.


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