ANTELOPE VALLEY – Icy roads Friday afternoon led to a head-on collision that killed two Palmdale residents, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 3:30 p.m. on Palmdale Boulevard, west of 130th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Cynthia A. Rodriguez, 28, was driving a black 1994 Honda Civic eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard, at an unknown rate of speed, when she lost control of her vehicle.
“Possibly due to the wet roadway and there was snow at the time,” said CHP Officer Talbot. “The black Honda lost control and began to rotate and travel into the westbound lane in the path of a white pickup [truck].”
The Honda collided head-on with a 2012 Ford F-150, which was traveling about 55 miles per hour, according to the CHP report.
Rodriguez and her passenger, 29-year-old Gary Valenzuela, were killed in the collision.
A four-year-old girl riding in their vehicle was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. The child suffered major injuries, including head trauma, fractured right femur and collapsed right lung.
The pickup truck’s driver and passenger – Allen W. McMahan, 61, and Anne E. McMahan, 62, of Palmdale – sustained moderate injuries in the collision.
They were transported, via ambulance, to Antelope Valley Hospital.
All parties were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, according to the CHP report.
UPDATED 2/12/13: The four-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries in the days following the crash. She died at the Loma Linda University Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 11, according to an updated California Highway Patrol report.