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COLLISION KILLS FATHER OF 2; FATALITY ADDS TO DEADLY YEAR ON VALLEY ROADS.

Byline: Orith Goldberg Daily News Staff Writer

An Agua Dulce man died in a collision Monday, the 12th motorist killed in the past two months on Santa Clarita Valley roads and highways.

Steve Rubin, a 41-year-old husband and father of two daughters, 8 and 10, was killed at 5 a.m. when a pickup truck pulled in front of him on Sierra Highway, California Highway Patrol spokesman Doug Sweeney said.

Rubin slammed into the truck, driven by Anthony Burford, 49, of Temecula and died at the scene.

Rubin was part owner of a sheet metal company in the San Fernando Valley.

The crash devastated Rubin's family, Sweeney said.

``It was extremely sad for our officers to have to tell his wife and family,'' Sweeney said.

Rubin was driving a white 1991 GMC pickup truck for Western Heavy Equipment Rentals when a white 1994 Ford F-250 pickup truck turned left onto Vasquez Canyon Road from Sierra Highway. Company officials were not available for comment Monday.

Burford, who was traveling with passenger Charles Pierce, 55, of Oceanside, turned left on a green light and apparently didn't see Rubin approaching in time to stop, Sweeney said.

The collision caused Burford's truck to spin around and rest in the middle of the intersection, while Rubin's car rested at the signal on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Burford and Pierce were not seriously injured.

Six officers from the Newhall CHP's Special Investigation Team will investigate the collision and compile a report that will be turned over to the District Attorney's Office for review.

Sweeney cautioned motorists to pay close attention to the roadways, especially those with only two lanes.

``Use common sense, and don't take (safety) for granted,'' he said.

On Feb. 28, two motorists were killed while driving on Bouquet Canyon Road. Todd and Sherry Connolly of Valencia were traveling on a motorcycle when they were hit by a pickup truck.

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PHOTO (Color) (Ran in SAC Edition only) A tow truck driver sweeps debris from a fatal collision at Sierra Highway and Vasquez Canyon Road.

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