The Los Angeles County coroner’s office Monday released the name of the 25-year-old woman who was killed when the sport utility vehicle in which she was a passenger tumbled approximately 1,500 feet down a ravine in the Santa Clarita area.
She was Jacqueline Cork of Redlands, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. An autopsy was pending.
Alcohol appeared to have been a contributing factor in the crash, investigators said. The motorist, a 28-year-old resident of Granada Hills, who also suffered major injuries in the crash, was arrested, a California Highway Patrol statement reported.
The crash on Lookout Trail, north of Texas Canyon, occurred a little after 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the CHP news statement.
The motorist was driving a modified 1996 Jeep Cherokee, attempting to climb a steep hillside in a northerly direction, when he lost control of the SUV during the climb and the vehicle overturned, tumbling backward down the hillside, the statement said.
The vehicle continued to overturn down the hillside and came to rest approximately 1,500 feet below at the bottom of the ravine.
The driver was ejected, according to the CHP. Paramedics rushed him to Antelope Valley Hospital. Cork was pronounced dead at the scene.
—City News Service