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Local News in Brief : 2 Men Killed, 2 Hurt in Canoga Park Crash

January 12, 1987

Two men were killed and two men were critically injured early Sunday when a speeding car ran a red light and collided with a truck in Canoga Park, Los Angeles police said.

One dead man was identified as Pedro Salvador Castro, 21, of Canoga Park. Also killed was his passenger, a 20-year-old Canoga Park man whose identity was being withheld by police until relatives could be notified, said Officer Baron Laetzsch.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:30 a.m. accident in the 7500 block of DeSoto Avenue, Laetzsch said.

Castro, who a witness said was traveling northbound on DeSoto Avenue at about 80 m.p.h. at the time of the crash, ran a red light and struck a truck going westbound on Saticoy Street, police said.

The driver of the truck, Alfredo Quintanilla, 28, of Canoga Park was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition with facial cuts and fractures, police said.

A passenger in the truck, Michael VanBooven 30, also of Canoga Park was listed in critical condition with multiple injuries in the same hospital, said Effie Castro, nursing supervisor.

Quintanilla was cited for driving while intoxicated and for not having a driver's license, Laetzsch said.

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