On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 a recent 18 year old Hart High School graduate was struck and killed by an oncoming BMW near the intersection of Decoro Drive and McBean Parkway. The accident occurred just after midnight. The 34 year old driver of the BMW was spotted weaving in and out of traffic at a very high rate of speed right before the BMW careened off the tree, crossed over the center median and struck the Hart High School recent graduate’s Honda car. It has not been confirmed what type of Honda the young man was driving.
The driver of the BMW was pulled out of his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The 18 year old driving the Honda was also killed in the crash. They were identified as 18-year-old Collin Charles Gore and 34-year-old Joel Thomas Godfrey.
Charles Gore was a member of the swim team at Hart High School and graduated one month prior to this horrific accident. Adriana Aguirre explained that she was with Gore prior to him leaving a gathering that night; he was he first to leave the gathering of friends. “It makes me mad. It makes me really mad. He had so much going for him,” she told KTLA. “He’s one of the brightest, funniest kids in our friend group.”
Today the Hart Swim family lost an incredible Alumni member. Collin’s positive energy and spirit was cherished by all. Rest In Peace. ❤ pic.twitter.com/CLpsp2awKN
— Hart Swim Team 2017 (@HartSwim2017) July 4, 2017
It is unknown if Joel Thomas Godfrey was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Note that bystanders spotted his BMW swerving at high rates of speed and going in and out of traffic just prior to the accident.
This isn’t the first Santa Clarita head on car crash that has happened recently. In May 2017, a head on crash injured 3 at McBean Parkway and Copper Hill Drive. Head on crashes seem to be most likely late at night when drivers are under the influence or tired. With this in mind, we encourage all Southern California drivers to use Uber, Lyft or call a cab if they have been consuming alcohol or they feel at all tired or lethargic.