Teen killed in collision Thursday, third traffic death in Palmdale this week

PALMDALE – An 18-year-old Acton man was killed Thursday in a vehicle crash in Palmdale, according to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

Blake Cadoret was pronounced dead at the hospital from injuries sustained during a collision, which took place around 3:15 p.m. Thursday on Sierra Highway, about 400 feet from Avenue R, according to Detective Jeff Perkins.

Perkins said Cadoret was driving a Toyota Tercel southbound on Sierra Highway, when a BMW going northbound, swerved into Cadoret’s lane and collided with his vehicle.

Perkins said the driver of the BMW, 20-year-old Natanael Mendez-Soltero of Palmdale, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Perkins said detectives are still interviewing witnesses and had made no arrests as of Friday morning.

Cadoret’s death marks the third traffic fatality in Palmdale this week.

On Monday, Nov. 14, two separate traffic deaths occurred in Palmdale.

Around 5:45 p.m., Alberta Damas Olivas, 65, of Palmdale, was struck and killed as she crossed the street in an unmarked crosswalk near 27th Street and East Avenue R.

The driver, Marco Tulio Borrayo, 68, of Palmdale, suffered minor injuries in the collision and was not charged. The accident is still under investigation.

Also on Monday, at around 11:15 p.m., 25-year-old Michael Farrell died at the scene, after his motorcycle broadsided a vehicle that was making a left turn near Avenue S and 55th Street East. The two occupants in the vehicle were not injured.

Perkins said, before this week’s traffic fatalities, they had been having a “slightly less than average year.”

“This was an oddball week for us,” said Perkins. He said now Palmdale is up to eight traffic fatalities for the year.

Perkins said Palmdale hasn’t had traffic deaths in the double digits since 2007 when there were 12 traffic deaths.

He says there were six traffic deaths in 2010, three in 2009, and five in 2008.

  31 comments for “Teen killed in collision Thursday, third traffic death in Palmdale this week

  1. Kris
    December 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Austins closest friend was Blake.
    He was really as much of a brother to him as his real brothers are.
    I’m disappointed in the argument. The fact is, if this man wasn’t bein reckless, Blake, a amazing young man who’s future was ahead of him, someone who wanted to be a K9 officers life was taken because of someone else’s recklessness.
    His death affected the lives of many, especially Austin. So before you go on about how this is just another thing that happened to someone with a destroyed life? Figure out what you’re saying before you hurt people even worse, because Blake was anything but destroyed. He was above the standards of a amazing human being.

  2. froy
    November 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    funny how no one talks about the city truck that made the bmw driver swerve… the city should be held responsible

    • John Mlynar
      November 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      What city truck?

    • Kris
      December 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      No, please figure out what really happened before you say things that aren’t true.

  3. Eric Moore
    November 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Condolence to this young man’s family and friend, I can see that he was much loved, our prayer are with you.

  4. A friend
    November 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Blake will be deeply missed. Every death we have experienced in our community has been a shock to us, and this one is no different. Blake, rest in peace and look over us all. My condolences to his family, please stay strong.

  5. Jo
    November 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Couldn’t of just been a tragic accident, could it? Two young men with destroyed lives.

    • Tasha
      November 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      I think you mean “ONE young man”. One is dead no thanks to the idiocy of the other. I guess comprehension was never your strong point, was it?

      • Stinger
        November 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        So, according to Tasha, the other guy’s life is just peachy now.

        Jo got it right: TWO lives are destroyed here.

        In reading this commentary threadline, I find it simply amazing how these armchair ‘detectives’ have already made their ‘judgment’ with almost nothing to go on. The fact that the well trained Sheriff’s Deputies did NOT arrest the driver means that there were no obvious violations of law in this incident (i.e.: not DUI, unsafe driving, etc.), but these ‘blog detectives’ have already judged that this guy is scum and should “rot in jail” because he drives a BMW?

        Just brilliant.

        • Austin
          November 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

          stinger so you know im and the young 18 year old Blake’s best-friend, My name is Austin and the young 20 year old that hit Blake was going “excessive speeds” witnesses are saying 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. fyi that an act of manslaughter which is a crime im not going to jump to the conclusion of scum but maybe if this 20 year old male would have been going the speed limit my best-friend would still be here right now. it was his choice to be moving at the speed which he was moving making this his fault and he needs to take responsibility for his action the fact that he took a life willingly or not stands. He should be charged as an adult which he is, Again my name is Austin and im Blake’s best-friend one of many Maybe its different when you know the person but this “adult’ should be charged with his crime taking the life of my friend… And if you think only two lives were ruined try the many other connected to these two young men’s lives, people like me Blake’s family Blake’s other friends this other males family and friends. At the same time justice is needed if you were Blake’s Parent wouldn’t you want justice for someone taking your child’s life yes you would. So this other young male who i have chosen not to name gets what he deserves, for it was his acts it shall be his punishment.

          • S. Parker
            November 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

            Austin, it hurt to read this senseless death and I don’t know Blake at all, so I can imagine what you and the rest of his family and friends are going through. Please accept my condolences. Unfortunately, these types of fatal accidents (with teens behind the wheel) are very common. I don’t know if locking up the young man responsible for the rest of his life is the answer, but we certainly need to educate our young people about safe and smart driving. I know I was guilty of going many miles over the speed limit as a teen. Lucky for me, my negligence did not result in the death of another. I don’t think the other young man should rot in jail. But I do think that he should spend a huge portion of his punishment educating others about the dangers of speeding and reckless driving, using his experience as an example. RIP Blake Cadoret…

          • Jo
            November 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

            Well said Mr. Parker. I doubt anyone here who has lost someone doesn’t feel your loss Austin. And for Blake to have died so young is not just his tragedy, but the tragedy of all that loved him.

            But unless the 20yr old is someone like Tasha, the driver will be paying for this horrible mistake in his life for as long as he lives. I doubt if one person here hasn’t speed above the speed limit. But that’s not the only sin behind a wheel that can take a life. All one has to do is glance the wrong way, or get distracted at the wrong time for life to be taken.

            But intent to harm vs. sloppy driving are 2 different things. And mercy and forgiveness are things that make those living a tolerable life.

            I’ll stop preaching, as I’m sure your grief doesn’t need to hear it at this time. My prayers are with you.

      • Jo
        November 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

        Really Tasha? You could go on with your life unaffected with the knowledge that you took another life? You’re a special lady, aren’t ya? Unfortunately I “comprehend” people like you to well!

        You on the other hand seem to be a bit slow on the uptake.

  6. linda spiker
    November 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Seriously? A nice boy was killed tragically and Matt chooses to take this moment to stereotype BMW drivers? Hey Matt go occupy wall street and let people grieve Blake’s loss without your lame comments.

    • Bruce
      November 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Most BMW drivers are a** holes! Let the prick rot in jail

  7. Kammie
    November 19, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Blake attended the school I work for. He is deeply missed by so many, especially his girlfriend. Regardless of what type of car was driven, a young many with so much to offer this world was taken because another person was being reckless. Our school has endured so many losses, each tragic and saddening. Blake may you rest in peace. I know that many of us from VHS and the Acton area will never forget you.

  8. rick cecil
    November 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I new blake just saw him on halloween,the P.O.S. who was driving the BMW i hope he rots in jail.accident or not he took someones son away,he does not deserve any better,RIP blake,so sorry to the family!

  9. Andrew Galloway
    November 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Blake was in my Political Science 202 class, which, as of this posting, only has three more weeks left. All I know of him was that he was incredibly friendly, outgoing, and had a great sense of humor. That is enough for me to know that someone great was lost. I am truly sorry that I did not get to know him better.

  10. Ted
    November 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    No need to stereotype BMW owners just because you can’t afford one Matt!

    • Matt Keltner
      November 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Even if I could, I still wouldn’t drive one!

    • TJ
      November 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      beemers are overrated-overpriced trash cars! who cares?

      • Matt Keltner
        November 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        …driven mostly by “new monied” men with a huge complex out to prove that they are part of the fabled bourgeois now!

        • TJ
          November 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

          haha! yup!

    • Bruce
      November 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Most BMW drivers are a** holes.

      • Matt Keltner
        November 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        Thank You!

  11. Matt Keltner
    November 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I have made note of this before:

    It seems like there is an asshole behind the wheel of almost every BMW!

    • Abdul Majeed Askia
      November 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

      The type of car is not the issue ! It is the loss of life and reckless
      driving !My condolence.My heart goes out to the family.

      Abdul Majeed Askia

    • Brianne
      December 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Seriously drop the type of car it was. I know some very nice people that own BMW’s and I have family members that own higher end cars. Just cause they can afford a nice car doesn’t mean they are horrible ppl. The real probably is finding out what exatly happened so the poor boys family can get justice for their loss.

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