Palmdale deputy ID’d in Dec. 14 collision that killed 2 people

Sara Paynter and Robert Delgadillo (inset) were killed on Dec. 14 when the SUV they were riding in collided with a patrol car in a Palmdale intersection. The deputy behind the wheel has been identified as Kamal Jannah of the Palmdale Sheriff's Station. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Sara Paynter and Robert Delgadillo (inset) were killed on Dec. 14 when the SUV they were riding in collided with a patrol car in a Palmdale intersection. The deputy behind the wheel has been identified as Kamal Jannah of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Sheriff’s officials have identified 36-year-old Kamal Jannah as the deputy involved in the traffic collision last month that killed two people.

“Deputy Jannah has been a deputy sheriff for 6 years and is assigned to Palmdale Station,” Station Commander Captain Don Ford stated in an email Friday. “Pending the outcome of the CHP investigation, Deputy Jannah has been assigned to non-driving duties as is customary in these rare cases.”

Devastated family members gathered at the crash site last month to mourn the victims. (LUIS MEZA)

Devastated family members gathered at the crash site last month to mourn the victims. (LUIS MEZA)

The fatal collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, Ford stated.

Palmdale resident Robert Delgadillo, 31, and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Sara Paynter, were killed in the collision, which occurred around 4:25 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in the intersection of 17th Street East and Avenue R.

According to CHP officials, a sheriff’s patrol car traveling eastbound on Avenue R struck the left side of a Ford Explorer headed northbound on 17th Street East, causing the Explorer to spin out of control.

The victims were set to be engaged, family members said. (LUIS MEZA)

The victims were set to be engaged, family members said. (LUIS MEZA)

Both Delgadillo and Paynter were thrown from the back seat of the Ford Explorer and pronounced dead at the scene. The 22-year-old driver and 19-year-old front passenger sustained minor injuries in the collision, according to a CHP report.

Deputy Jannah sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital, the report stated.

There was conflicting information about the speeds of both vehicles and whether or not the Explorer stopped for a stop sign, Captain Gretchen Jacobs said previously.

The Explorer’s passenger last month told NBC Los Angeles that he looked both ways and did not see the patrol car before the SUV crossed into the intersection. An eyewitness also told NBC Los Angeles that the patrol car was not using any lights and sirens and was going “extremely fast.”

The collision occurred within city limits, but the California Highway Patrol was asked to take over the investigation because it was a deputy-involved collision, according to Captain Ford.

The incident remains under investigation.

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  32 comments for “Palmdale deputy ID’d in Dec. 14 collision that killed 2 people

  1. Resinatownofdegnes
    January 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Cops are only allowed to use lights and sirens to respond to calls under very few circumstances so a lot of the times they are responding to a high priority call they are not allowed to lights and sirens. Everyone is so quick to blame the cops who protect us and put themselves in harms way everyday for us.

  2. jamie
    January 27, 2014 at 4:09 am

    No Lights, No Sirens? Did the cop have his headlights off?

  3. nick
    January 26, 2014 at 4:54 am

    No matter how you look at this tragedy, it is the driver of the SUV that is to blame. Just like you are suppose to look both ways while walking across the street, the same goes for driving across an intersection. And whether lights and sirens were on is moot. If the driver didn’t see the cop then more than likely he wouldn’t have heard or seen the lights. This was nothing more than a traffic accident. I’ve been saying for years that they need a signal at that intersection. Cars are always trying to beat traffic to get across Ave R there. This isn’t the first time someone was killed there.

  4. Heather
    January 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I don’t understand why all these people assume the officer was speeding. Obviously NONE of those people were there. I witnessed the accident happen first hand (not showed up later) and the officer was driving the same speed as everyone else. I was driving a couple yards behind him and at no point was he driving over the speed limit. This story frustrates me because everyone assumes they know and they are bad mouthing the cop. This was ZERO fault by the officer. Not a single bit of blame. The SUV completely cut him off. My mother in law knows the family of the SUV as well and they were in the middle of a party and ran out of beer and tequila. The SUV was heading to the store to buy more alcohol. Whose to say that they had no been drinking? The people in the SUV who died easily would have walked away if they were wearing seat belts. Had this accident involved anyone other than the officer, the comments on this page would be much different. People would be bashing the SUV and not the driver of the other car.

  5. A. Richard
    January 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    A simple use of their seatbelt…… Buckle up….. Not difficult….. It is the LAW after all too!

    • finechina
      January 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      No heart at all…they were in the back seat..not driving…cops need to learn how to slow the F*** down..that’s the problem…if they were wearing seatbelts you would probably still blame them..smh…prayers to everyone affected by this incident…

      • Jason
        January 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        Really? They werent driving so it was ok for them to not have their seatbelts on? If they were wearing seatbelts we wouldnt be having this conversation but hey, continue to blame the officer instead of the person driving and the people who didnt put on their seatbelts. Its unfortunate they died but thet made the decision to not wear something thats there for THEIR safety.

  6. RealityCheck
    January 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Officers often respond to calls without lights and siren. Sometimes it is necessary in assisting with the apprehension of suspects that would hear the sirens and run.

    Something I question is why were the passengers not wearing seat belts? They may still have needed hospitalization but they would be alive.

  7. myob
    January 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    What’s up with all the drunk driving LASD in the AV? Apparently, It’s OK for us common folk to have our finances, career, reputation, and everything else ruined because of the “crime” of driving after a couple beers. We got the DUI checkpoints, the cops staking out the bars, the tough on crime mayor. Then, these same cops are hanging at the bar off duty getting their drink on. Seen it all too often around the Antelope Valley. Call it what it is-unethical, hypocritical, and straight up corrupt.

    • DEW
      January 25, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Where in the hell did you get this nugget? Who says he was drunk driving? Drinking on duty? Put your bong down and use your head for something other than a hat rack.

      • myob
        January 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        No, genius. Not drunk driving during this accident. Out kicking it at the bars, when they are off duty, drinking then driving home. Seen it, know who they are, seen them in uniform, and even know some of their names.

        • yogi
          January 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

          You are wrong! As a former cop, they don’t wear their uniforms off duty. They go to the station and change their clothes.

          Also, for others on here; they’re not supposed to use their lights and siren unless requested to do so.

        • nick
          January 26, 2014 at 5:46 am

          Then why don’t you call 911 when you see them drinking and then driving drunk from the bars? Cops can have drinks too. That’s not illegal or a conflict of interest at all. What is is the fact that you watch it happening and don’t do anything about it. Your statement has nothing to do with this situation because the cop was on duty and sober. I just wander what the BAC was for the SUV driver.

    • ihaveseenit1sthand
      February 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      its also ok for them to be drank at bex and with there weapons while drinking and get 5 day desk duty and the Im charged with a felony that has messed up my life and family so yes its yes the police in the AV are CORRUPT my god bless this family and keep them strong as he did mine while I was away for so hypocritical and unjust action on the departments behalf

    • fristhand
      February 25, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      better yet how about the police having party’s at bars(BEX) in the bowling alley party for them and whom they want with all free drinks and know they are leaving the house or work to go drink and be under the influence themselves and drop his gun that had no safety on it and it go off but I get charged and this man that hit this suv was in the bar to when my life got flipped up side down because cop are gangbangers with no criminal background and get on just to carry guns do your jobs

  8. youdon nome
    January 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    All you [removed] in talking like you exactly what happen [removed] shut the [removed]!! Only god knows exactly what happened!!!

    • youdonnome
      January 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      “you don no me” … I love it!
      So, what happened?

  9. jason
    January 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Hey jason if that was ur family u would be saying something different he wasn’t responding to no call he was flying with no lights and if u kill someone with ur vehicle wouldn’t u get charged with manslaughter well then …

    • hey jason
      January 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      The suv driver blatantly broke the law. People died. Are you referring to him being charged with manslaughter? This is pretty open and shut. The folks in the back and the policeman are the real victims. Respect their families.

    • Jason
      January 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      He was responding to a call but continue to pretend you know what was going on. And it depends on the circumstances of the accident as to being charged or not. If you have the right of way and someone pulls out in front of you and die because of their breaking of the law, which happened here, no you wouldnt be charged with manslaughter.

      I dont see how all the blame is on the deputy when the other driver made an unsafe driving manuever which lead to the accident and the two that died werent wearing their seatbelts. Thats not on the deputy.

      • hey jason
        January 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        I agree… I was questioning the other “Jason.” Shouldn’t the driver of the SUV be charged with manslaughter?

  10. Trista
    January 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    If he didn’t have sirens on and was going that fast he deserves to be charged. I was almost hit by many cops who decide that it’s okay for them to be doing what we get tickets for daily. i.e. speeding, cell phone,,, etc.

    • Dew
      January 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Charge him because people weren’t wearing their seatbelts and because the driver of their car turned onto the roadway in an unsafe manner (with approaching traffic) uh OK…..sure… Lame

  11. a
    January 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    not to mention the driver had to cross the whole Westbound 2 -Lane and middle divider w/o noticing a black and white car east bound. I hope marijuana wasn’t a factor. My thoughts are with the families of the two who passed, and for the cop who will have to live with this memory forever. Honestly, I feel bad for the driver who is responsible for their lives, even though it was a mistake that people make everyday.

    • nick
      January 26, 2014 at 5:14 am

      The SUV was heading northbound on 17th which means he crossed right intZo eastbound traffic so he didn’t even make it to the westbound lanes until after being struck by the cop. And why bring up weed? In situations like this alcohol is the most likely cause not weed.

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