One teen dead, another hospitalized in alleged DUI crash

ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 17-year-old girl was allegedly intoxicated Friday night when she crashed her car into a guard rail, killing her 17-year-old passenger, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

The single vehicle crash occurred around 10 p.m., Friday on Sierra Highway, south of Pearblossom Highway (between Palmdale and Acton).

According to the CHP report, the 17-year-old girl from Lancaster (who was not named because of her age) was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer northbound on Sierra Highway at 70 miles per hour.

“Due to her intoxicated state she lost control of [the vehicle] as she approached a right hand curve in the roadway. [She] overcorrected back to the left, crossed all lanes of Sierra Highway and collided into the guard rail along the west roadway edge,” the CHP report states.

The 17-year-old boy who died in the crash has been identified as Jesus Eduardo Lopez of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office.

The driver sustained major injuries, including a punctured right lung and a broken collarbone, and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the report.

Weather conditions at the time of the crash were windy and cold, but clear, the report states.


  25 comments for “One teen dead, another hospitalized in alleged DUI crash

  1. Boscoe
    March 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I ride my Harley around the A.V. and I always wonder if some drunk moron is gonna end it for me. We have lost so many people this year alone from drunk driving. It needs to end and it begins WITH US!!

  2. Yessica
    March 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    If she was drinking like an adult then she should be treated like one!! She should face the adult consequences of her foolish ADULT actions. Her name should be released she should be thrown in jail with a million dollar bail and she should be tried as an adult. NO MERCY!! How dare she not want to show her face at school because of embarrassment!! While she does not want to show her face at school, her boyfriend will NEVER be able to show his face ever again because he is dead, and it is all her fault! She should be charged with MURDER!!!!

    • Amber
      April 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

      I completely agree with this! You make a very good point.

  3. Brittney
    March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I knew Jesus, and all I have to say is that he was so sweet, and so smart.
    I don’t know why he ever made the mistake of getting into the car with that girl (who I know, too) and I don’t think we will ever know.

    She deserves time. I don’t care of she is sorry, or is mortified to return to school, she knew what she was doing was wrong. Who got them the alcohol in the first place?
    Yes, the grief itself will always be a constant punishment, but she needs to be held responsible fr her own actions. Think she can drink like an adult? Try her as one!

    I’m afraid to drive because of people like her! In all honesty.

    Jesus didn’t deserve this. He was too young, and too precious. Nobody deserves to die this way. RIP<3

    • David
      August 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Would you happen to know where he is buried, or if I can contact anyone who does?

      I would like to pay my respects, thank you

      • Amanda
        September 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        He wasn’t buried

    • Amanda
      September 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Jesus was my Neighbor for so many years. I wake up & have 2 see his family go throughout their day hurting because of this. His little brother and sister ask for him all the time. Its not fair!!! SHE DESERVES 2 BE PUT AWAY FOR LIFE!!!!!!!! Katie is being let off the hook like she didn’t do nothing wrong at all.. She walks around like it never happened. I hope she gets what she deserves for killing Jesus.. R.I.P Man we love and miss u sooooo much

  4. Abdul Majeed Askia
    March 19, 2012 at 8:13 am

    There is an African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”.Why ?
    Because there are more voices of influence in the community that your
    children are connected to,their peers,friends and associates! There was
    a time the word ‘neighborhood’ meant something,everyone in that area was
    connected and was responsible for its up keep and safety. Mostly everyone
    knew one another,communicated and greeted one another on a daily bases.
    These days there is this disconnection,extreme individuality. In fact
    we walk,jog,drive and fly with ear plugs,tunned out from the outside
    world. Someone could be caling out a frieght train is coming ‘lookout’
    and the pluged in wouldn’t hear a word! We defy communication.

    In some cities people are offended when you speak ! The attitude
    is “I don’t know you,why are you speaking to me!”We have become so
    tuned out and paranoid any sign or jester of friendliness is
    interpreted as an invasion. In many cases for a man to say ‘hi or hello’
    to a woman/female it is immediately interpreted as sexual advancement!

    Before you can even begin to talk to someone you have to stand directly in front of them to get their attention because due to the ear plugs they
    can’t hear you!Would you believe even in prisons inmates serving ten,twenty thirty years living in death traps are tuned out with ear
    plugs !!!Disconnected!

    We need to get back to what it means to be a community ! A place where
    people talk to one another,concerned about each other. Once your teenager
    steps out of that door he or she has just entered into a brave new
    world! As the sayings go ‘you are not alone !’

    we are reaching out to the public to have round table discussions
    about the isssues that concern us!Such as drunk driving,crime,prison
    recidivism,community develop and a whole host of issues! It takes
    a village to make a difference! Billboards indicating the dangers of
    drunk driving on a continual bases will ultimately register in the
    subconscious and will serve to help save someone one’s life!

  5. S. Parker
    March 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This is the fourth person lost to drunk driving in the AV in less than four weeks… This is an outrage!!! How many more lives need to be lost before we wake up! We need to come together as a community and do something. Elected officials, law enforcement, community leaders, pastors, where are you on this??? We need to do something NOW! I am too old to rally like I used to back in my day, but I will get out there myself if need be. I am willing to do my part to see that no more young people are lost!

    • Matt S
      March 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Maybe if the cops stopped with the stupid DUI checkpoints, “Let me see your papers” BS, and went out looking for drunks, they could stop a lot of this. When Curly got hit and killed, they were all proud that the guy drove threw their checkpoint with blood on his windshield, so they got him. What they SHOULD of been doing was driving the streets looking for drunks. Maybe they could of saved Curly’s life, instead of just catching his killer. You know, stop the drunk before he kills someone. A couple of months back, they didn’t have a checkpoint. Instead they did a “go find them” night. Instead of the usual 2 drunks every DUI checkpoint night, the tripled their DUI arrests. Picking up 6 drunks.
      You would think they would figure out waiting for drunks to come to them isn’t as effective.

      • voice of truth
        March 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        Matt, the “go find them” nights, as you call them, actually happen quite frequently, they are just not publicized as much. The DUI checkpoints are effective, since many of the idiots doing uturns to avoid the checkpoint are stopped by the cops on motorcycles,and sometimes they are drunk. If I remember the story correctly, the guy who ran over your friend drove past the checkpoint on the other side of the road. Where did you read the cops were “proud?” They did their job and chased the idiot down. And not that it makes it any better, but it was reported your friend was in a crosswalk,but on a red light. You sound like one of those guys who is going to whine either way.

        • Jo
          March 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

          You sound like the kind of guy who will accuse people of being whiners whenever they don’t go along with your point of view a 100%. So have at it. And if they are only getting 2 drunks a checkpoint (that includes anyone trying to avoid them) out of 100’s of cars, they just aren’t that effective. They ARE great ways to get the non insured or non licensed. So call it what it is. A “show us your papers” checkpoint. And you calling me names doesn’t bother me a bit. Have at it! Nice making Curly responsible for his own death. Maybe you can go on the threads of the other’s deaths by drunks and blame them to!

          • Matt S
            March 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

            What Jo said. Thanks dude. Couldn’t of said it better

          • voice of truth
            March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

            LOL….nice try dude….patting yourself on the back under a different name! Classic.

          • Matt S
            March 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

            Like jo said. Again. You don’t get it “dude”. You haven’t a thing to say about the 2 tops, drunks they pick up out of what? 1,000 cars?
            All you can do is call names and accuse people of BS.

          • Matt S
            March 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

            You one of those boys in green? Whatever color you wear these days, trying to justify all that OT? Is that it? Maybe you should get the job done on regular hours. Who knows. You might save a life or two. Funny how your commanders and chief are having to start making trips out here to cover you guy’s asses.
            Is that what your sweating?
            Out of touch with the general population is the lest of your problems. You just might be one of the guys on the “to go” list. Can’t hide behind a badge anymore?

          • Not Surprised
            March 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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          • Matt S
            March 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm

            LOL. DUDE!

          • Matt S
            March 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

            That’s right “dude”. Everybody is the same person here. Isn’t it great! Right now I’m calling me a [removed]. Damn this is fun. So I guess that makes us all the name caller going by VT and NS. Those must be some great meds.

          • voice of truth
            March 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

            Wow…got under your skin did I “dude”? (Jo’s/your word) wahaha. Nope…not one of the boys in green but aquainted with some. Sounds like you are misinformed about the OT. Its paid for by the state. Those cops are not working regular street patrol on “your time”, like most like to complain about. Don’t be hatin’ just because those mean old cops caught you a time or two! Next time the boogie man is at your door you can always call someone else…a crackhead maybe?

          • Matt S
            March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            Didn’t get under my skin Dude. I can see where it’s important that you feel like you did. Let me guess. You’re really short, huh? (oh, and in case you’re not just short, but also slow, it’s ALL our taxes!)

  6. 2preciosos
    March 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Rest in peace Lalito.. May God give his parents strength and comfort them during this painful moment.

    • Abdul Majeed Askia
      March 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      My heart goes out to anyone who loses a love one, especialy so young. As much as I value the freedoms we hold dear I realize we live in a society full of contradictions. We deplore drunk drivers(rightly so )
      but we fail to realize that these are the repercussions from the society
      we live in ! The young lady that committed the tragic act suffers and
      the family that lost the love one is devastated ! Unfortunately some
      politician will com along with another law of zero tolerance that doesn’t make sense as long as alcohol consumption is legal! Thus, we
      must have avenues open to address the after effect.We need to educate
      the youth and general public from all ends how incidents like this
      occur: cause and effect

      I am sure many of us know someone that drives under the influence who
      may have never been cited or arrested or even stopped by law enforcement
      and, because of this they may assume it is safe to drive ! We all
      know thats just an accident waiting to happen but for the time being
      the attitude is ‘it never happens to me,its always the other guy!’.

      In my younger years I did a lot of foolish things that I wouldn’t dare
      do now. When I look back I say to myself ‘how foolish!’ However,this
      goes on around the clock in our society alcohol consumption while driving!!! Terrible no doubt. A day or week shouldn’t go by without
      religious houses,center,seminar,conferences,talk shows and other outlets
      addressing the dangers of driving while under the influence.

      Posters should highlight the dangers of driving under the influence
      on a permanent bases. As we all know it takes awhile before the subconscious registers a message;therefore, a poster/billboard placed
      on major roads,highways and streets could serve as warnings. Every little bit helps. I am really lost for words for the family because
      nothing can replace their loss. My condolence.

  7. James
    March 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

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  8. Julia
    March 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Unfortunately that’s not the only place kids can get the booze from. As parents we need to look at where we keep our own refreshments. We do not keep alcohol in our home.

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