UPDATED: Lancaster car crash kills passenger

FatalLANCASTER – A female passenger was killed Friday morning when the car she was riding in was broadsided by another vehicle, authorities said.

The fatal collision occurred around 10:37 a.m. Friday in the 43800 block of 15th Street West in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

The woman was riding in a 1995 Honda Accord that was headed southbound on 15th Street West, when the driver made a left turn into a business driveway, traveling directly into the path of a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser that was headed northbound on 15th Street West, Jennings stated.

The driver of the PT Cruiser did not have time to react and collided into the passenger side of the Honda Accord, Jennings stated.

A female passenger in the front seat of the Honda Accord was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where she died of her injuries. Her name has not been released pending next of kin notification.

The drivers’ identities have not been released, pending further investigation, Sgt. Jennings said.

Sheriff’s Detectives continue to investigate this fatal collision and are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Enforcement Team at 661- 948-8466.

UPDATED 6/3/13: The deceased female passenger has been identified as 77-year-old Ramona Ruiz Gutierrez of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

  10 comments for “UPDATED: Lancaster car crash kills passenger

  1. Karol Womack
    June 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    This is my grandsons other great-grandmother and grandmother,I hope he doesn’t read these comments. It was an ACCIDENT, not done on purpose. People get another hobbie and stay off the web, so judgemental. In case you don’t know what judgemental means – A way of making ones self feel better, by hurting others, usually caused by closed mindedness, and lack of manners. And yes I also have car insurance.

  2. Yo Mama
    June 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Jeeeesus christ….some people are just too irresponsible to be driving regardless of their age.

    Misjudge the closing rate of an oncoming car!??! This wasn’t even a motorcycle, RideOn? Now what? Here’s a genious driving a car and turns in front of……..ANOTHER CAR!! A big, two-sided car. Now, Mom’s dead. WOW!! It doesn’t matter who’s in the car; the safety of all of the vehicle’s occupants should be the highest priority for ANY driver.

    Someone needs to outlaw cars…They, too, allow people to kill people.

    Jeeeesus christ!!!

  3. Cat
    June 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The only stupid one is you for making assumptions. It just happened. The details aren’t even clear yet. My condolences to the family through this sad time.

  4. heather Martinez
    June 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Please before you make comments about the driver understand the driver is dealing with this a lot harder than you think. She has to live with the fact that the accident was her fault and that it claimed her mother’s life. No driver id perfect and we all have made this same mistake ourselves but we was fortunate that a accident wasn’t the end result.

    • Raptormann
      June 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      I’ve been driving for 45 years and no one in my family has ever made this mistake. I have had a person pull out in front of me and my wife had a woman make a left in front of her. In both cases the other person was at fault. In one I was insured the other no one was injured.
      We can all feel for the driver who was at fault; it is a tragedy. But don’t try and throw everyone in the same pot. A distracted driver, one who is in a hurry, or lacks judgment or even those who drive without insurance can cause a lot of grief.

      • heather Martinez
        June 3, 2013 at 6:52 am

        Everyone is not a perfect driver. Misjudgment happened to happen and that is what caused the accident. . It was not intentionally done. Sorry that my friend is not a perfect driver like you and your wife are. So go run off and live in your perfect world.

        • heather Martinez
          June 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

          Actually I am not on of those drivers who are driving around without insurance. So quick to assume that. Good use of your judgment.

  5. Cheryl Ross
    June 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Drove past 15th & J-8 after 3pm yesterday and everything was still closed down. So sad she had to die because the driver was stupid. So many just turn in front of on coming cars, see it all the time at lights & even where it is posted No left turns.

  6. sikntired
    May 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    This is just so sad and a needless loss of life,everyone is in such a hurry
    and inattentive.

    • June 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      PLEASE! EVERYONE! STOP THE SNIPING AND NAME-CALLING! Have we become so numb to horror that we throw out the window the facts that someone died and someone else will live with the unimaginable weight of their pain for the rest of their life?

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