PALMDALE – Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the single-vehicle freeway crash Saturday night that claimed the life of a 13-year-old Rosamond boy, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 8:13 p.m. Saturday on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, near Avenue O, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Peter Ramirez IV, 28, of Lancaster was driving a 2007 Saturn Ion northbound on the freeway at an unknown speed when he allowed his vehicle to travel onto the dirt center median, the report states.
Ramirez turned the steering wheel to the right and then the vehicle spun out of control, traveled across the northbound lanes, crashed into a raised dirt embankment and flipped onto its left side, the CHP report states.
Ramirez and his three passengers were transported by ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital.
A 2-year-old girl suffered minor injuries, and 21-year-old Matthew Tucker of Rosamond also suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision, the report states.
A 13-year-old boy from Rosamond was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital due to injuries he sustained from the collision, according to the report.
Ramirez, who sustained moderate injuries, was suspected of driving under the influence and he was taken into custody.
He was arrested around 10:52 p.m. Saturday and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station early Sunday morning on $250,000 bail.
The traffic collision is still under investigation.
UPDATED 4/15/13: According to an update from the California Highway Patrol issued this morning, the 2-year-old female passenger sustained abrasions to her body and a laceration to her head as a result of the collision. Matthew Tucker, 21, was not injured in the collision, according to the latest report.