Palmdale man killed in traffic crash

A Ford Edge crashed into the driver's side of this Honda Accord on Sunday, Aug. 4, killing 60-year-old Danny Hardy Wilson and injuring his 54-year-old passenger. (Photos by LUIS MEZA)

A Ford Edge crashed into the driver’s side of this Honda Accord on Sunday, Aug. 4, killing 60-year-old Danny Hardy Wilson and injuring his 54-year-old passenger. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 60-year-old Palmdale man was killed Sunday after his car was broadsided by an SUV in a Palmdale intersection.

Danny Hardy Wilson died at the scene of the collision, which occurred around 4:55 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 4) in the intersection of Bolz Ranch Road and Cricket Lane, authorities said.

The fatal collision happened in the intersection of Bolz Ranch Road and Cricket Lane. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

The fatal collision happened on Bolz Ranch Road at Cricket Lane. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Wilson was driving a 2003 Honda Accord northbound on Cricket Lane. He stopped for a stop sign, and then started to turn westbound onto Bolz Ranch Road, apparently pulling into the path of a 2007 Ford Edge that was traveling eastbound on Bolz Ranch Road, according to Deputy J. Heald of the Palmdale Sheriff Station.

The Ford crashed into the driver’s side of the Honda, killing Wilson and injuring his passenger. The 54-year-old passenger suffered neck and chest injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment, Heald stated.

The Ford’s driver – 20-year-old Megan Perkins of Palmdale – sustained chest and hip injuries and was transported to Palmdale Regional Medical Center for treatment, Heald stated.

Bolz Ranch Road, between Club Rancho Drive and Sawgrass Drive, was closed for about five hours as authorities investigated the crash.  The incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station traffic detail.

  39 comments for “Palmdale man killed in traffic crash

  1. Rachel
    August 11, 2013 at 7:09 am

    he was my dads brother in law, making that i’m also the niece….wish I. could be there

    • Danny
      August 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Wouldn’t have happened if he was looking what about the girl he pulled out in front of? I live off this street and people need to look.

    • Co-Worker
      August 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      I happened to have heard about this tragic accident and previously worked with Danny Wilson. He was always a gentlemen and respectful. I also am familiar with this street and have been startled riding bicycles down this street due to the speed that people drive down it. I usually avoid parking lots and side street here in the Antelope Valley due to the speed limits of the streets being so high. I drove down this street on the following Tuesday at approximately 5PM and I was anxious due to the Sun Glare from TownCenter to Albertsons north which would be the same direction in which Danny and his wife where driving. The Sun Glare was bad all the way there and it really was unnerving due to knowing that this accident just happened. Visibility was impaired due to the Glare. My prayers go out to the Wilson family and to the 20 year old who I believe to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. I can not imagine either Teresa Wilson or the driver Megan Perkins lives will ever be the same after this terrible tragedy. God bless all affected by this accident and to feel blessed and respect one another each and every day that we are here on this earth.

  2. Denise Latanzi
    August 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    My husband lost a co-worker and friend in this accident. What a loss for the Lockheed group Danny was a vital member of. Praying for the Wilson family. It’s very sad!

  3. Victor
    August 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This is my uncle by marriage. He was a good man. I remember going to stay with both him and my Aunt Terese when I was younger just because I loved being in their company. Auntie Terese is recovering but her life will remain forever changed. Adam and Tiana the family loves you and your parents very much. Danny, I pray you rest in peace.

  4. Mallory
    August 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Watch over us Danny. Praying for your surving family, and mine.

    • Mallory
      August 7, 2013 at 9:58 am


  5. Jim
    August 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I happen to live on the golf course and drive down Cricket everyday myself. It’s a shortcut from Rancho Vista (Shopping/Vons) to get to where I live on the golf course. It’s true it’s a very dangerous stop…you really have to be careful when you start to turn left onto Bolz. You can’t really see if cars are coming from your left until you pull out a little past the stop sign. I agree the speed limit down Bolz should be lowered as people are always out riding bikes…running..etc on that road. It was just a matter of time before an accident happened at that stop sign.

    • wes
      August 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      With how that car got caved in, she was over the speed limit anyway.

      • Giggles333
        August 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

        Humor us…just how long have you been an engineer at the Honda factory to say such a thing? Or perhaps you are a professor in physics and kenetic energy? Before casting stones, please have some empathy and remember that this young girl has to live with this the rest of her life only because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You do not know anything about her actual speed unless you see the police report, which, after all of the investigation is done, will state how fast they have determined her to be traveling at the time of the very unfortuante collison that, by the way, had a rippling and tragic effect on too many people to mention.
        God bless the vicitm, his family, the young girl involved, and her family!

  6. Caryn
    August 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Every single day I drive down Cricket and turn left onto Bolz…and EVERY day ..I say to myself…this has got to be the most dangerous…blindspot…stop sign. I’ve recently told my husband who just got back from Afghanistan to be very careful at that intersection because it is soooo dangerous. There has been a couple of times that I stopped and started to turn left and a car was coming (very fast) and I had to quickly stop. You have to slowly creep out to see if someone is coming before you can turn left at the stop sign. So sad to hear someone was killed…:( PLEASE slow down people so IF someone were to pull out and not see someone there would at least be a chance for someone to avoid a tragic accident like this.

  7. Fort Worth Guy
    August 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Danny wasn’t just a coworker, but a good friend. We all lost a very good man. Prayers to Danny’s family and may he RIP.

  8. August 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Sad sorry

  9. August 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I’m so sorry for the Wilson family

  10. Carlos
    August 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I work with Mr. Wilson’s son Adam and I’m deeply saddened by this tragic event. I’ve met his parents a few times at my job and they’re always great people to talk to. My heart, condolences, and prayers go out to the families affected the most by this unfortunate accident.

  11. Dean Brayton
    August 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    My condolences to this wonderful family. My family got to meet them the night before at my brothers wedding. These parents were excited that there son was getting married this December, marrying the sister of the lady my brother married. For those that find satisfaction playing detective, I would ask that you respect the families during this time and go play detective elsewhere. This is a time for comforting not looking to place blame. Does it really matter at this time who is at fault? Our prayers are with both families.

    • Frank contreras
      August 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you and yes prayer for both parties.

  12. Palmdale Guy
    August 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    We have struggled with the speed limits along this road and Rancho Vista Bl for years. The state has strict rules on how the city can change them. Its based on traffic speed surveys and is set at what 80% of the drivers are going. Last time we griped, the speed limit went UP on a stretch!

  13. August 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I was shocked and at awe when I heard the news, this right after hearing what happened in Venice Beach this past weekend. You will definitely be missed Danny Wilson, it was a pleasure and honor work along side you. Nothing in life is trivial my friends…Godspeed.

  14. freimacon
    August 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have only had business dealings with Danny from across the continent but was impressed with his calm demeanor & spiritual awareness. We shall miss him greatly.

  15. Vc
    August 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    This was my girlfriend’s father, and her mother was also in the car. the pain this family feels is unimaginable. please pray for there family. the world lost an incredible person.

  16. kelly
    August 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This family has a huge loving family and family of God praying for them and tons of support u can’t even imagine the impact on this valley by this family.the Scriptures say that when one member of the body suffers we all suffer. 1 Corinthians 12:26 We r all suffering from the loss of this beautiful brother in the Lord, father and husband we also grieve for his wife and children of whom we all adore. We are comforted though in knowing that Danny is rejoicing in the arms of the Lord and that we will one day see him again. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord 2 Corinthians 5:8 Please keep them in your prayers and close to your heart. Love you Terese Adam and Tiana.<3

    • Birdie
      August 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Amen! Love the Wilson Family

  17. soapbox journal
    August 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I hate making left hand turns, I try to avoid them, but life cannot be lived by right hand turns only.I am sorry for all parties involved.

  18. pamela
    August 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    People in the AV drive like race car drivers!!!!! And they do it everywhere, parking lots, in front of schools, everywhere. The speed limit out here is to high, 65 miles and hour on a surface street is crazy, even 55 is too fast. And everywhere I drive I still see women and kids and cops texting! Its time for us to review our speed limit out here!

    • William
      August 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      I’m glad you included parking lots. Unbelievable people.

  19. Shooter McGavren
    August 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Either the speed limit is to high or someone was driving to fast. We shouldn’t be having accidents like this in residential neighborhoods.

    Everyone in the AV drives like an a-holes. Geez it looks like he got broadsided by someone going 50mph plus.

    • john Howard
      August 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      An impact on the B Pillar like that at 25 MPH or faster would likely cause serious damage. The speed limit is 50 in that part of the road and if a series of events stacked up against them all it could have led to this result with no one really doing much wrong. No reason to “what if”.. lives were lost and changed forever.. sad for them all.

    • Mr. J
      August 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      It doesn’t matter what the speed limit of Bohls Ranch is.. The accident would not have happened had Wilson not made a left into the path of oncoming traffic . Inattention and making a left into oncoming traffic caused this accident. All across the nation people die everyday because they try to make it through red light and fail to pay attention or yield to oncoming traffic.

      • kelly
        August 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        Sometimes people can have a blind spot or be blinded by the sun. We can’t speculate or accuse when we don’t know why he made the turn. I ask in the families defense and for the sake of their healing that we don’t add salt to their wounds. Can we please have compassion for those family members who will be grieving their loved one if they should read this and that we comment with words of encouragement and support. I’m asking please. Thank you in advance from the family and friends who love them so much.

        • Bob
          August 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

          It was 4:55pm, the sun was not in his way. I hate this every time there is a crash people make up crap to make it seem like it wasn’t one person’s fault.

          If he cut off a vehicle, he cut off a vehicle because he didn’t look or judge distance properly, so unless the Edge was doing a reckless speed where he did not even see it yet, it was his fault.

          There is a reason that these are refereed to as TC/Traffic Collisions and not accidents.

          IF he made a left turn from a stop sign at Cricket road onto Bolz Ranch, and the Edge was heading eastbound, he would indeed be hit on the drivers side. If he was turning left from Bolz Ranch onto Cricket, he would have been hit on the passenger.

          I personally recommend everyone drive with their headlights on, it helps people gauge distances better and dark cars do not hide in the shadows if a condition like that presents itself.

          Sad to have anyone lose their life though.

          • sikntired
            August 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

            Actually if he were turning west, at 5 pm the sun would have been a factor.

      • sad for the family
        August 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        mistakes happen and unfortunately Mr. Wilson lost his life. I was in an accident once while making a left hand turn, I was not in a hurry, on the phone or distracted, there were just shadows in the road and I didn’t see the car. It was my fault and I thank God everyday that no one was seriously injured. My car was t-boned right in my one year old daughters door. But it does not good to put deceased down. It is tragic for both families. The survivors will most likely have nightmares for years. My heart and sympathy to the families.

      • Fred
        August 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

        If he was making a LEFT turn, wouldn’t the passenger been the one to have received the full impact? Instead, the report said the driver’s side was hit, and it certainly looks like it from the picture.

        • J. Ripper
          August 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

          No, the scenario was accurately and adequately described.

        • aa
          August 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

          No. The left is the drivers side so it makes complete sense.

  20. Yo Mama
    August 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    That really sucks…My most positive thoughts be with the families.

    Joe bless…

  21. Donna
    August 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    My prayers to all the families involved.

  22. Mr. Mister
    August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    My condolences to the the Wilson family. R.I.P. Danny.

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