LANCASTER – Four people were killed Saturday evening when a car and pickup truck crashed in a rural intersection and ended up in a ditch, authorities said.
The deceased have been identified as 49-year-old Lancaster resident Arturo De La Torre, 22-year-old La Mirada resident Marissa Fritz, 17-year-old Breanna Heyrend and 17-year-old Roland Mohan.
The fatal collision occurred around 6:27 p.m. on 10th Street East and Avenue G.
According to a California Highway Patrol report, a 1999 Honda Civic was traveling northbound on 10th Street East and failed to stop at a posted stop sign at the Avenue G intersection. A 1997 Toyota Tacoma traveling eastbound on Avenue G was broadsided by the Honda, the CHP report states. Avenue G has the right of way at the intersection and is not controlled by a traffic control device or sign.
The collision sent both vehicles off the road and into a ditch.
Three of the five people in the Honda Civic died – 22-year-old driver Marissa Fritz and the two 17 year olds. The teens were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, according to the CHP report. The other two passengers in the Honda were 20-year-old Adrian Ruiz of La Mirada and 19-year-old Steven Heyrend. Ruiz suffered major injuries and Heyrend sustained moderate injuries. Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
A passenger in the pickup truck, 49-year-old Arturo De La Torre was also killed in the collision. The driver, 34-year-old Erazmo Arroyoayala of Lancaster, suffered major injuries in the collision.
The crash remains under investigation.
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LANCASTER – Four people were killed Saturday evening when two vehicles crashed in a rural intersection and ended up in a ditch, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 6:27 p.m. on 10th Street East and Avenue G and involved a red pickup truck and a black sedan.
“Evidence suggests one of the vehicles ran a stop sign and broadsided another vehicle and propelled them both into this ditch,” said Sgt. Tom Lackey of the California Highway Patrol.
Investigators were still on scene late Saturday night, and specific details on the crash were not immediately available. Lackey said the victims appeared to be young adults in their 20s, and at least two of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.
“Not wearing seatbelts played a role in some of the deaths,” Lackey said.
Three other people involved in the crash are in critical condition.