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Gate Crushes, Kills Sheriff's Station Trusty

October 20, 1985

A 37-year-old Pico Rivera man who was serving a sentence for drunk driving was killed Saturday morning at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station when a 1,500-pound steel gate he was closing malfunctioned and fell on him, Deputy Steve Fitzsimmons said.

David Alviso, who was serving his sentence as a trusty at the Valencia station, was pronounced dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital about 1 a.m., Fitzsimmons said.

Alviso suffered massive head injuries when the station's rear metal sliding gate slipped off its track and crushed him, Fitzsimmons said.

Fitzsimmons said he did not know how long Alviso had been a trusty.

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