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March 28, 2005

Guardrail finally up

Iím writing in regard to the cement guardrail that has finally been put into place on the Santa Susana Pass Road where a fatal accident occurred on Christmas Day.

While Iím happy to see action was finally taken, it saddens me that the death of a beautiful young woman, Candice Lopaty, only 18 years of age, had to precede it. My son lost his young girlfriend on that Christmas Day, but she also left behind a family that grieves daily for an accident that could have been avoided.

I had been told the family asked why the guardrail wasnít finished in that particular area (there was just enough space left for a car to careen through) and they were told there had not been enough fatalities to justify it.

Another accident occurred in that very spot two days after Candice died. A third accident last month must have sparked enough interest, hence the permanent guardrail.

While Iím not trying to place blame, I just wish the numerous accidents over the past 20 years in that spot would have been enough to take this action sooner. Thank you Candice, for allowing others to live.

ó Irene Decker, Simi Valley


Comments

Helo, Im very sorry about Candice Lopaty, I will pray for her. I was struck in the Santa Susana Pass on my Mountain Bike at 50 mph head on. I was scarred in the process, and the Santa Susana is very dangerous. My incident occured in 2003. I know how dangerous that area is, when I would commute from Simi Valley to Woodland Hills. There. I was struck, and went through a windshield of a pick up truck. I agree there should be guard rails all through the Santa Susana Pass. If you would like to email me, to chat that would be fine. I myself had a near death experience. Thank You. Danny.

Posted by: Danny Alexander at October 28, 2005 09:13 PM

Hello, I'm very sorry about Candice Lopaty, I will pray for her. I was struck in the Santa Susana Pass on my Mountain Bike at 50 mph head on. I was scarred in the process, and the Santa Susana is very dangerous. My incident occured in 2003. I know how dangerous that area is, when I would commute from Simi Valley to Woodland Hills. There. I was struck, and went through a windshield of a pick up truck. I agree there should be guard rails all through the Santa Susana Pass. If you would like to email me, to chat that would be fine. I myself had a near death experience. Thank You. Danny.

Posted by: Danny Alexander at October 28, 2005 09:13 PM

You can email me at Dannycal@comcast.net Thank You.

Posted by: Danny Alexander at October 28, 2005 09:16 PM
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