UPDATED: 3 Lancaster residents killed in rollover crash

The minivan overturned and skidded on its right side before coming to rest in the No. 2 lane, CHP officials said. (Photo courtesy Loudlabs)

The minivan overturned and skidded on its right side before coming to rest in the No. 2 lane, CHP officials said. (Photo courtesy Loudlabs)

LOS ANGELES – Three Lancaster residents were killed and four were injured early Saturday morning when the minivan they were riding in hit a concrete wall and rolled over on a connector road between the 110 and 5 freeways.

Abigail Romero, Katie Davila and Abigail Estrella.

Abigail Romero, Katie Davila and Abigail Estrella.

Abigail Estrella, 37, Abigail Romero, 19, and Katie Davila, 12, were thrown from the minivan and pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash, which was reported around 12:15 a.m. on the northbound 110 Freeway connector to the 5 Freeway, authorities said.

“Initial information obtained at the scene indicated the vehicle veered to the right off of the roadway, for an undetermined reason, and collided with a raised concrete wall.

Officials are still investigating whether those thrown from the vehicle were wearing seat belts. (Courtesy Loudlabs)

Officials are still investigating whether those thrown from the vehicle were wearing seat belts. (Courtesy Loudlabs)

This action caused the vehicle to overturn and skid on its right side until coming to rest in the No. 2 lane,” California Highway Patrol Officer C. Stanhope stated in a CHP report.

Two men, a boy and a girl – all from Lancaster – were also injured in the collision.

A four-year-old girl received moderate injuries, while a 13-year-old boy, a 36-year-old man, and the 55-year-old driver sustained minor injuries, the CHP report stated.

The injured were transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.


Family members and loved ones will be hosting a car wash on Wednesday, Dec. 4 to raise funds for funeral expenses.

The car wash fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sammy’s Restaurant, located at 44139 Sierra Highway in Lancaster. You may also donate directly to this effort by visiting http://goo.gl/iSbpXe

  21 comments for “UPDATED: 3 Lancaster residents killed in rollover crash

  1. jeniffer romero
    May 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

    hi i was reading all the comments and i new Katie and her mom we went to church together and the other girl Abigail (avii) Romero she was my twin sister we were fraternal twins and its really hard not having your twin around

  2. Maria M
    December 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know the family, however my daughter knew Katie from school.
    My heart hurts for this family because of the tragedy that has occured. I just like you (the family) to know that I have been praying and will continue to pray for the three beautiful ladies. God bless them and their family! RIP

  3. erendira davila
    December 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Here is the link if you guys would love to donate to give the a proper burial.thank you

  4. leeana
    December 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    It was an acident thats it half of you guys dont even know i knew katie and her mom yhey were amazing and there in heven now but please dont start saying it was the driver fault it wansthis fault so please stop i talk to her dad it was an acident rip to all of them <3

    • Sandra Oxley
      December 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Leeana, can you please notify me with the service information? You can email me at sh.oxley@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  5. Sandra Oxley
    December 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I used to volunteer in Katies fifth and sixth grade class she was an awesome kid amd I enjoyed reading with her she was little friend. Love you Katie RIP.

  6. emily espinoza
    December 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

    wow how sad I want to cry Katie was a good friend she was in 6th grade and I knew her from 5th she went to sierra elem. that is really sad WOOOOOOWOOOOOOWOOOOOOWOOOWOOOWOO I want to cry

    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Thank You Emily! It is Jennifer Castillo

      • Sarah
        December 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        i dont think you should be thanking her. RIP to all of those who died may God be good to there families

  7. Janet
    December 2, 2013 at 12:20 am

    The driver fell asleep behind the wheel. It wasn’t reckless driving, using cellphones, or anything else. It was simply an accident where the man fell asleep. It’s unfortunate that the deaths occurred and I can’t imagine what the family is going through.

    • anotherdummy
      December 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

      If that is the case, I hope this can serve as a reminder that if you are driving fatigued, you are putting people at risk. If you are driving, and you start to feel drowsy, pull over and rest. Driving fatigued is reckless.

  8. A richards
    December 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Sad, it is hard to resist getting comfortable by removing or not wearing the seat belt properly when tired and wanting to relax, and letting a kid lay down for the ride home…. It is accidents like this that are a reminder for me not to do that….. Very sad….

  9. Paz
    December 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Very sad, Rest in peace!!!!

  10. Stinger
    December 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    There was a very serious over the side accident last night on Avenue J, just next to the 14 freeway, into the wash there. Several people went to AV Hospital in severe trauma. Not finding the news report on that one here…

    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Because Katie was a good person and she was only 12 and she was in my class so shame on you for being so mean

  11. gemini
    December 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

    What a shame. May God be with their families during this sad time. RIP to all who are gone. I pray the survivors do well.

  12. dumbandblind
    December 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Can you still be throw from the vehicle if seat belts are worn?

    • Jethro Pitlicker
      December 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

      only if the vehicle is torn in half….

    • NatalieW
      December 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

      You still can if your seatbelt is worn half way!!

    • anotherdummy
      December 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Not generally. If worn improperly (with the shoulder harness behind you) you will still likely remain in the car, but will probably suffer serious lower spine and pelvic injuries. People who are not seat-belted in rollovers are generally ejected due to centrifugal force.

    • britt
      December 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      My best friend was ejected from a minivan when she was younger. She WAS wearing her seatbelt. She was sleeping, and the seat she was sitting in snapped in half as their car was tumbling. The back trunk door opened and she slid right out. Firefighters claim the sleeping bag she was in saved her life. It helped her skid across the highway.

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