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Funeral Set for Angeles Crest Highway Crash Victim

Andrew M. Searcy's vehicle crashed on Angeles Crest Highway. He planned to marry on March 9 and expected a baby girl on June 1.

Andrew Mander Searcy was driving back to La Mirada after visiting his family when his car plunged 300 feet off Angeles Crest Highway at Mt. Gleason Road on Monday. He was 25. 

Searcy, who worked at Kaiser Permanente, planned to marry fiance Kristina Strother on March 9 and expected a baby girl on June 1, said Searcy's aunt and godmother Margaret Lunsford. 

"He had such a bright smile," Lunsford said. "He wanted to become a LAPD officer. He loved the color yellow. Many family members are going to wear yellow in his memory on Saturday." 

Searcy's family will hold a memorial noon Saturday at Joshua Memorial Park and Mortuary, 808 East Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. 

Searcy went missing Sunday and  Sheriff's deputies from the Norwalk Station used a helicopter to trace Searcy's route and found the vehicle crashed, the La Canada Valley Sun reported. 

According to a CHP accident report, investigators concluded that Searcy was driving southbound on Angeles Forest Highway, south of Aliso Canyon Road and Mt. Gleason Road, when he lost control of his vehicle. His car then plunged down a 300 foot embankment and came to rest on its roof, investigators wrote.

Sheriff's Air 5 located Searcy's vehicle and lowered a paramedic who pronounced him dead, said Reserve Chief Mike Leum of Montrose Search and Rescue Team.

"The Montrose team performed the body recovery, which took many hours due to the complexity of the car’s location," Leum said. 

R Steve Wankel February 24, 2012 at 07:55 AM
RIP rotor brother.
robert miller February 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
You have bike cyclists, motorcyclists, fast drivers, even joggers on Angeles Crest...do any of them know that it's the 2nd most dangerous highway in the country? Please, be very, very careful and don't go fast...better yet, don't go on there just to have fun like most morons do on the weekends.
Charles D February 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM
RIP and God bless
Tony Mizgalski February 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Very sad. My condolences to the family. I think about the time I nearly lost my life on that road 25 years ago, when I was in my 20's. Came around a corner and found 3 cafe racers racing. 2 of them in the wrong lane approaching head on. I swerved and lost control and went over the side about 150 ft. Car (85 Honda CRX) stayed right side up and I walked away un harmed. The next day I had to hire a crane to get my car out and the driver told me some horrific stories of what he'd witnessed on that road. A very dangerous road, especially on the weekend.
Jason February 25, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I'll miss you Andrew. You made the days at work so much better with all the things we joked about and talked about. From your friend, Jason.

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