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.