Jahzaree Gladden died at the scene of the collision, which occurred around 2:20 a.m. on Tierra Subida Avenue, just north of 5th Street West, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
“The preliminary facts of the investigation indicate a 2013 Hyundai Accent was north on Tierra Subida Avenue. The driver appeared to have fallen asleep and crossed the south bound lanes of traffic and collided into a power pole on the west side of Tierra Subida Avenue,” stated Detective B. Bunch of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The 8-year-old girl was riding in the back seat, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by L.A. County Fire Department paramedics, Bunch stated.
The driver complained of pain and lacerations, and was transported to a local area hospital, Bunch stated.
Both driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts, and the airbags were deployed, according to Bunch. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been factors in the crash.
The incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Station Traffic Detail.