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.”
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.
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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