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Man rescued in the Wilderness following auto collision

On Wednesday, March 18, at 1:38 a.m., the California Highway Patrol transferred a 9-1-1 call into LBPD’s dispatch center from a female reporting that her husband was lost on the trails in Willow Creek Wilderness Park. The female identified her husband as a 58-year-old Whittier resident who had been staying with his brother in the city of Laguna Niguel. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The male was driving his vehicle inbound on Laguna Canyon Road and struck a curb, causing damage to one of the tires. He left his disabled vehicle and began walking. After a few hours, he became disoriented and called his wife for assistance. His cell phone was pinged and the coordinates were provided to OCSD helicopter ‘Duke.’ 

“The helicopter personnel located the male subject in the area of Bommer Ridge. Officers accompanied LBFD personnel in rescuing the male subject. He was transported back to Laguna Canyon Rd. He declined medical assistance and left the area with his brother.”

LBPD urges drivers to be extra cautious on the roads

Sgt Cota urges local residents to be extra cautious while driving.

“During these times of uncertainty, we need to remind ourselves not to panic and increase our speed to reach our destination. We tend to go faster when there is less traffic. Safety remains paramount for all of us. Please slow down when setting out to travel. We will still reach our destination in plenty of time. Be safe!”

Police Files auto collision

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Three-car collision on Thursday in the Canyon