PALMDALE – A 22-year-old passenger was killed Sunday afternoon when the vehicle she was riding in was broadsided in a Palmdale intersection, authorities said.
Lissbeth Carvajal of Palmdale died of injuries sustained in a collision that was reported around 4:21 p.m. Sunday in the intersection of 40th Street East and Avenue Q, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Carvajal was the passenger in a red vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Avenue Q when it was hit by a silver Mercedes going northbound on 40th Street East. The identities of both male drivers were not immediately available.
There was a stop sign on Avenue Q, but not on 40th Street East, according to Palmdale Station deputy John Cereoli.
“The [red vehicle] did not run the stop sign, however, the vehicle assumed that the other vehicle on 40th Street had a stop sign, so when the [red vehicle] entered the intersection, they were hit,” Cereoli said.
There were three people in the red vehicle – Carvajal and two other family members, Cereoli said.
There were two men riding in the silver Mercedes.
There were no other serious injuries connected to the collision, which remains under investigation, Cereoli said.
Traffic at 40th Street East and Avenue Q was blocked off for about five hours to allow for the investigation.
UPDATED 12/26/12: DRIVER ARRESTED FOR DUI
The driver of the silver Mercedes, 25-year-old Armondo Valenzuela, was arrested for DUI shortly after the collision, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
“One of the parties was arrested for DUI, however that was not the cause of the incident,” said Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputy Jodilyn Wolfe.
Wolfe confirmed the account given in the news story above – that the collision was caused because the driver of the red car erroneously assumed there was a four-way stop intersection.
The driver of the red car has been identified as 19-year-old Zacharias Carvajal.
Previous Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect spelling for the deceased. We double-checked the information with the Los Angeles County Coroners Office and updated the spelling. We were unable to confirm the model of the red vehicle.