Head-on crash kills Palmdale man

NEWHALL – Alcohol and/or drug impairment is suspected to be a factor in the wrong way head-on collision this weekend that claimed the life of a 49-year-old Palmdale man, authorities said.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Saturday on Vasquez Canyon Road, east of Burton Way in Newhall, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Palmdale resident Steven Oster was driving a 2006 Mazda, eastbound on Vasquez Canyon Road, when a 2007 Lincoln traveling in the opposite direction crossed into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with Oster’s vehicle, the CHP report states. Oster suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

The Lincoln continued going the wrong way and collided with another vehicle – a 2011 Toyota driven by 23-year-old Rocio Vasquez from Lancaster.

Vasquez suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Both occupants in the Lincoln were thrown from the vehicle in the second collision.

Anthony Duliner, 29, of Saugus and Jonathan Lavoie, 25, of Santa Clarita suffered major injuries and were transported to Henry Mayo Hospital for treatment.

The collisions remain under investigation.

  8 comments for “Head-on crash kills Palmdale man

  1. Bob
    November 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I think the punks need to do some time. Especially considering their age. They are old enough to know better and have seen the effects of drunk driving.

    I think for every year over the age of 21 a mandatory 2 years needs to be added to the sentence of a DUI that leads to injury.

    This man needlessly died because these idiots were being selfish.

  2. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Why is it the innocent always get killed. Never the drunk.

    • November 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

      In the case with my son (23 only child)) the drunk driver was killed, there were 4 in the car with my son all but 1 was killed including my son. The one who lived had to lay there with her 3 dead friends until help arrived. No one will ever be the same, no grandchildren, great grandchildren, holidays are never the same. This happened 3 days after Christmas. This kind of reckless/unthinkable act effects all the lives involved, not just for years but for a lifetime. This did not have to happen. If you see someone drinking, please don’t let them drive.
      When will people get the message….DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE…

      Be safe out there!

  3. T-Bone
    November 20, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Now lets hear from those Check Point Haters! Oh, guess you can’t say anything…

    • Sammy
      November 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

      T-bone you’re an idiot. CHECKPOINTS DIDN’T SAVE THIS GUY!!!
      Do you get it now???!!!

      • Britt
        November 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        No, it didn’t Sammy. But it may have saved a van full of volleyball players from a local highschool or a young family headed out of town for the holidays. You just don’t know who the arrests at the check point saved.
        You get so outraged about sex offenders, share that outrage with drunk drivers. It could save ….a teenage girl from being killed or being a victim affected by a family member dying at the hands of a drunk driver.

    • jules
      November 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Checkpoints are always in the same spot and never where the accidents occur. Law enforcement need to get more creative!

  4. Tamera Bietsch
    November 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    And just like that a life is gone and many lives are affected by this act of negligence. I will never understand the selfishness. Praying for the family of this poor man.

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