submit a death
Candice Lopaty (18) was killed in an automobile accident on Christmas day
Published: Mar 12, 2008 @ 12:19 AM
Candice Lopaty (18)
Dec 25, 2004
Cause of Death:
Simi Valley, CA
view their profile
An 18-year-old Simi Valley woman died Christmas Day after losing control of her car on a winding road between Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley.
Candice Lopaty was driving home in her 2002 Hyundai when she lost control on a curve west of Box Canyon, said Steve Reid, California Highway Patrol public information officer.
The vehicle was traveling about 45 m.p.h. when it struck a tree and several rocks and landed upside down 150 feet below the street, authorities said.
Rescue workers had to use climbing gear to reach the car. Deputies pronounced Lopaty dead at the scene.
Tom Hull, a friend who owns a jewelry store in Simi Valley where Lopaty worked during the holidays, was crushed by the loss.
"She was full of life," Hull said.
Lopaty was very supportive and she loved her parents who are both deaf, he said. She is survived by five siblings and numerous extended family members who cherished her.
Hull said he will miss Lopaty's joy and her great smile. When her parents moved to Simi Valley, she lived briefly with the Hull family so she could finish school at Chatsworth High.
"She was like a sister to our daughter," said Hull. Later, Lopaty attended Moorpark College and worked part time at the jewelry store. She had plans for a future and now she's gone, he said.
After Lopaty dropped off a friend in Canoga Park, she decided to take a shortcut back to her boyfriend's house in Simi, said Hull.
According to a witness driving in the opposite direction, there was a car in front of Lopaty and one behind her at the time of the accident.
Reid hopes to hear from the two drivers so they can describe what happened. There is no indication they were involved, Reid added. It's possible that because the road is curvy, the drivers didn't see what happened.
Simi teen dies in crash
go back to article archive list
article loaded in 0 ms
Aaron Peacher (23) hanged himself with a sheet in a motel room
Robin Landry worried constantly that one day her son's mental illness would get the best of him.
Casey McDaniel (28) shot himself in the head
The caretaker of the Western Illinois Youth Camp was found dead today at Lake Jacksonville, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Allyssa Colclough (13) took her own life
The rain could not keep people from coming out to a candlelight vigil for a teen who deputies say took her own life.
Paul Myklebust (31) drowned after falling out of his kayak
The search for a man who fell out of a kayak over the weekend on Medicine Lake has ended.
Melissa Ratcliff (45) died when she was struck and pinned down by a car
A woman fatally struck by a car on a La Jolla street was identified Wednesday as Melissa Ratcliff, the vice president of marketing for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Copyright © 2009 MyDeathSpace.com