PALMDALE – A 30-year-old driver was killed and an 18-year-old passenger was injured Monday morning when a van spun off the road, flipped several times, and landed on its roof in an alfalfa field, authorities said.
The single-vehicle collision occurred around 6:40 a.m. on 50th Street East between Avenue L and Avenue M, according to Palmdale Station Detective Jeff Perkins.
Lanette Yvonne Shirley was driving southbound on 50th Street East, in a white 2007 Toyota Sienna Van, when her vehicle veered to the right for an unknown reason.
“It appears her right-side tires left the pavement and temporarily went onto the dirt shoulder,” Perkins said. “It looks like she over corrected trying to bring the tires back onto the roadway, and the car pitched into a spin.”
Perkins said Shirey’s vehicle left the roadway and spun into a nearby Alfalfa field.
“It looks like her vehicle overturned close to a half a dozen times before it finally came to rest on its roof out in the middle of the alfalfa field,” Perkins said.
He said Shirey was wearing a seat belt, but was partially ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Antwone Richmon, 18, was seated in the backseat of the van and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with minor lacerations and a possible neck fracture.
There was at least one eye witness to the collision, a farmer out working in the field.
“He was harvesting the alfalfa in the field with a tractor when he saw the collision occur,” Perkins said.
Officials shut down 50th Street East, between Avenue L and Avenue M, until approximately 11 a.m. to allow for the investigation.
*Article has been updated to add the name and the corrected age for the passenger injured in the collision.*
UPDATED 10/1/12 at 5:30 p.m.: The deceased driver has been identified as 30-year-old Lanette Yvonne Shirey, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners office. We have updated the article with the name.