Palmdale traffic collision injures 2

(Photos by LUIS MEZA)

(Photos by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 48-year-old driver suffered several broken bones and his passenger did not have a pulse when emergency personnel responded to the scene of a two-car collision Saturday afternoon in Palmdale.

The incident occurred around 1:58 p.m. in the intersection of Auto Center Drive (Yucca Tree Drive), according to detective Jeff Perkins of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

VW Beetle vs Toyota Sequoia 2A preliminary investigation concluded that Richard Volpert was driving a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle southbound on 10th Street West, when a 2003 Toyota Sequoia initiated a northbound turn onto 10th Street West – directly in front of the path of the VW Beetle, Perkins stated.

The Toyota’s driver and passenger, 19-year-old Francisco Parga of Palmdale and his 17-year-old brother, did not sustain any injuries in the collision.

VW Beetle vs Toyota Sequoia 3Volpert was transported to Antelope Valley Medical Center with a broken right femur, a broken left tibia and fibula, and a fractured right hip.

His passenger, 47-year-old Jennie Phleger, was unconscious, not breathing and did not have a pulse when emergency services personnel arrived at the scene.

Her vital signs returned upon her arrival at the hospital, Perkins stated.  No seatbelts were found in the VW Beetle.

Routine traffic on 10th Street West, between Auto Center Drive and Avenue P-14, was shut down for about four hours while the incident was being investigated.

  8 comments for “Palmdale traffic collision injures 2

  1. avemt
    April 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I hate to see stories written like this. The patients vitals signs didn’t magiclly return, the ems personel regained them through their efforts enroute to the hospital.

    • Susan
      April 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      You are so right, the EMT dont get credit for all the hard work and they deserve the proper credit!!!

    • AVEMT-Original
      April 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      EMT’s are never credited for anything in this County… LACO Fire does all the saving (according to the news).

      • avemt
        April 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Yup, sad they don’t realize medics save lives emts save medics

        • Golden hour
          April 2, 2013 at 3:17 am

          Actually LACO Fire has paramedics who can use meds, EMTs can’t. they basically are load and go with a Medic on board. And why were there no seat belts??? These people would have had a better chance with a seat belt on…

          • avemt
            April 2, 2013 at 3:44 am

            Of course fire has meds, but r worthless without emts just as emts are worthless without fire.

          • Miss
            April 2, 2013 at 8:01 am

            1971 Beetles may not have required factory installed seatbelts.

          • Mick
            April 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

            I have a 68 Beetle and it had factory lap belts…not great but better than nothing. I installed after market shoulder harnesses…love my bug, don’t want to die in it!

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