The crash happened around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 10) on Avenue O, just east of 27th Street West, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
A 2006 Hyundai Tiburon was traveling westbound on Avenue O, when a 2013 Ford Explorer coming from the opposite direction made a left turn into a private driveway, traveling directly into the path of the Hyundai, the CHP report stated.
The Ford Explorer’s driver “misjudged” the Hyundai’s “distance and speed,” according to the CHP report.
The Hyundai swerved left to avoid the collision, but still struck the back of the Explorer before careening into the eastbound lanes and colliding head on with a 2013 Kia Forte that was headed eastbound on Avenue O, the CHP report stated.
The Kia spun to the right and crashed into a 2008 Ford Van that was parked on the south shoulder of Avenue O, the CHP report stated.
The front passenger in the Kia – 92-year-old Virgina Czarnecki of Palmdale – was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
The Kia’s driver, 53-year-old Judith Frazer of Palmdale, sustained minor injuries. The Hyundai’s driver, 27-year-old Kristina Hernandez of Palmdale, sustained lacerations and complained of pain. Her juvenile passenger sustained lacerations to his neck.
No injuries were reported for the Ford Explorer’s driver, 65-year-old Deanna Norton of Palmdale.
The crash is still under investigation.