Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Comatose Bus Crash Victim Philip J. Deniston
Santa Clarita Hospital Patient


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Marker at Blooming Grove Cemetery in Clay County, Ark.

1963: Navy sailor Philip J. Deniston* (b. Oct. 26, 1942), of Tulare (originally from Arkansas), lies in a coma roughly a year after he was injured in a Greyhound bus crash near Castaic. The southbound bus slammed into a grain truck that had just pulled onto the fog-shrouded Ridge Route in the early hours of Oct. 12, 1962.

Caption reads: "Courtroom Drama — Phillip J. Deniston, 20, unconscious since Oct. 12, 1962, when he was hurt in a bus-truck collision, leaves court here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Deniston, Tulare. Parents are suing for $1,276,000."

The sailor, who occupied a bed at Santa Clarita Hospital in Saugus (later called Inter-Valley and Hillside) for a year while his family sought to recover damages, was eventually transfered to a hospital out of state. He never regained consciousness and died Feb. 20, 1967.

His parents were awarded $429,102.07 of a total sum of $660,008.62 that was awarded to multiple victims — then the largest jury award in Los Angeles County history for a single collision.

The crash instigated the formation of the SCV Women's Auxiliary, which evolved into the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (Volunteer) organization.

* According to his grave marker in Arkansas, "Philip" had one "L."

Further reading: Volunteers Pave the Way to Henry Mayo Hospital.


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Hospital Auxiliary 1962-2012

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Crash Victim Philip Deniston 1963

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Pink Ladies 1963

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Candy Stripers Tea 1963

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Convalescent Outing 1966 x2

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Name Change 1969

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Judge Adrian Adams

• 1971: Executive Board Named


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Candy Striper 1971

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Building Fund 1972

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Auxiliary Board 1972

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Groundbreaking 1972

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Hillside Pink Ladies 1973

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Tom Lowe 1974

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Volunteer Tea 1975

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