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Crashes leave man, woman dead and close lanes of 118 at Sepulveda [Updated]

October 9, 2011 |  9:00 am

The westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway were closed at Sepulveda on Sunday morning after a crash that killed one man.

The man was thrown from his vehicle and landed on Sepulveda Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim's name has not been released. He was described by California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Connolly as a Latino man, approximately 23 years old.

Connolly said it was unknown how many vehicles were involved in the crash. At least one vehicle overturned.

The crash was reported at 3:46 a.m. All westbound lanes remained closed as of 7:30 a.m.

Another crash Saturday night took the life of a woman in Santa Clarita. A car crashed into a pole on the 29000 block of Hasley Canyon Road at about 11:47 p.m.

A woman, approximately 20 years old, died in the crash. Her name has not been released.

[Updated Oct. 10 at 10:23 a.m.: The woman has been identified as Devon Murth, 20, of Castaic. She was not wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol was possibly involved in the crash, the CHP said.

The name of the man who died on Sepulveda Boulevard will not be released by authorities until his family is notified.]

-- Abby Sewell