8-year-old girl killed in Palmdale crash

Fatal crash graphicPALMDALE – A driver was injured and her 8-year-old passenger was killed early Wednesday morning, when the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a power pole, authorities said.

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.

  36 comments for “8-year-old girl killed in Palmdale crash

  1. Ananamus
    April 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Omg tears it has been3months and I’m still so sad jazzy was my best friend ever and I’m sad she died i can barely sleep at night god bless the family I love you all esceppilly jazzy ;(

  2. Missy San Marco
    February 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

    This little Girl went to my sons school. There is a website Set up for her. If you guys are interested.. Please let me know

  3. lynn
    February 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    God bless little Jahzaree, she seems like a really sweet girl. I watched the service by video about 4 hours later. It was nicely done.

  4. Emma Richardson
    February 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Diane, my deepest prayers are with you at this terrible time. I’ve been thru the loss of a child so I kind of know what you will experience. If I can help and be a support to you, please let me know.

  5. February 1, 2014 at 1:38 am

    God bless the family RIP lil angel

  6. JipJoe
    January 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Condolences to the family and speedy recover to the woman, whom will have to live with this. Very sad

  7. Keron
    January 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Diane and Trudy ………Indeed your family in Belize as always have you in our thoughts and prayers……. and JAZZY will forever be in our hearts !!!!!! RIP Angel !!!!!

  8. De Luna family
    January 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Gladden family, please accept our condolences during this difficult time. We are with you and share in your grief as this has touched so many of us who knew your daughter. My son spoke highly of Jahzaree and is saddened by her passing. Please know that we are with you and pray for your family and are here to help in anyway we can. God Bless you and Jahzaree for you are not alone but with family, friends, and a community who cares about you.

  9. Kim
    January 31, 2014 at 7:47 am

    You know, I could be petty and vile and respond to some of the callous statements made here but I REFUSE to sully my niece’s memory! It’s obvious that those making the comments are perfect…beyond reproach…clairvoyant. The truth of the matter is, my Jahzzy knew more LOVE in her 8 years than most of these people will ever know in their ENTIRE lives. It’s OK, she would have loved them anyway. That’s how big her heart was.

    Jahzzy loves you ALL!

  10. Katrina & Andrea Hall
    January 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Trudy please call Andrea mom if there is anything I can do for you and your family. Please call me for anything, you or your mom. We will like to help anyway that we can. Andrea is there for you as well and she too is heart broken about the lost of your sister. I will keep you and the family in prayers during this time. May God give you and your family an abundance of strength doing this time. You all are in our prayers. Love you all.
    Katrina, Andrea mother.

  11. Delman
    January 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    She was a great girl she will be missed let pray for her family and that she goes to heaven

  12. lily garcia
    January 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I will miss you so much jahzaree you were such a good friend…

  13. Ashley
    January 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I will miss Jahzaree so much. She will always be in my heart. Now she is in heaven and she will be our Guardian Angel. I have good memories of Jahzaree since we were in preschool. Mrs. Jacobson, me and the whole class will miss her so so much. ;( We will pray for the Gladden family. were sorry for your lost…

  14. Amanda
    January 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Jahzaree will be dearly missed. I will truly miss her. She was a good friend. My family send their prayers and condolences to her family.

  15. Anna Young
    January 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Our love, prayers and condolences go out to the Gladden family. As with all her friends at Ocotillo Elementary…my daughter Hannah misses her very much, since kindergarten as class-mates. Jaz was a smart and sweet girl and I will always remember her as Ms. Cranberry in our school’s Thanksgiving play…The Young-MacMillan family.

  16. Love113
    January 30, 2014 at 3:49 am

    My heart and prayers goes out to this family.

  17. Tish
    January 30, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I wish this was not real. Heartbroken is what I am. My prayers and condolences go out to the family

  18. Gina
    January 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Such a sweet and smart girl.. She was my daughters friend since Kindergarten very proud of the school offering grief support. God bless you sweet girl

  19. Emmah
    January 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I am sad that Jahzaree died, I have know her since preschool. I am going to miss her a lot :(

  20. echo
    January 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    yes so sad I was in her class , psychologists were there too ,she was a great girl jahzaree gladden

  21. gemin
    January 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Our condolences to the family. May God give you strength to get through this time of sorrow.

  22. Victoria
    January 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Our prayers go out to this family, may God comfort you thru this very sad time! Jahzaree will be missed by all her friends, Teachers and the Staff that she would bring her great smile to each day at Ocotillo Elem.
    She is now in the hands of her Hevenly Father, a Angel with wings to soar….
    She was remembered and Mourned today by all. So many tears were shed when the news was broken this morning, it was heartbreaking!
    Rest In Heaven little one.
    Anyone wishing to help this family can call Ocotillo Elementry School to see if the school is doing anything for the family, no one is asking for donations at this point but as a community we can help this family with cards and support in a time that the family cannot comprehend what has happened or why…my prayers to all.

  23. Sosad!
    January 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    So sad! Innocent little girl taken away! Only question would be is what were the parents doing up so late at 2:20am? RIP!

    • gemini
      January 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Yes it is sad and don’t make more of it than it is. You’ll just get a bunch of mean spirited people on here now. The driver is going to suffer enough. Let it be!

      • Anon
        January 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        For those quick to pass judgement, and we all do it at times throughout our lives, they were returning home from the airport…..

        • gemini
          January 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

          Thanks for posting that. Hopefully people will read it.

        • Whattttt?
          January 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

          If they was returning back from the airport then they should have been WELL RESTED! Wouldn’t you think? RIP LITTLE ANGEL!

          • sikntired
            January 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm


          • Love
            January 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

            Please realized that you are commenting on someone’s life. This isn’t a ranting blog but something that actually happened. If you had lived while your sister, brother, mother, or best friend passed in the same accident then you would want people to hold their comments. You don’t know the story behind this story so please… before you throw rocks, think about what your saying and if it’s beneficial to anyone.

            May God be with this family and every person and child who is affected by the loss of their friend/family member/sister. May the love of God surround this family and community during this time.

          • Trudy
            January 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

            Jahzaree Alexandra Gladden was and will forever be the best little sister you can ask for. She is an angel, and I believe with all my heart that there is a purpose for everything, and I rest knowing that the only reason God would take her away is if The Almighty has a bigger plan. I’m blessed to know that even at 8 my sister knew The Lord, she worshiped with me. The Last thing that happened in the car last night was prayer, My mom and Jahzzy prayed to the almighty. God has a plan. Pray that we will have the strength to go with his plan and let go of ours. On behalf of my family , I want to say thank you for all the prayers, all the words. May God Bless you all. P.S. if you have nothing good to say, please keep it to yourself. I believe it was her time, and no matter where she was, what time it was, the circumstances, The Lord was ready. So thank you for your critizism, and God Bless.

      • As
        January 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

        Excellent comment Gemini

        • Tori
          January 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

          Trudy, very well said. Only God knows his plan, every hair on our head is numbered and when The Lords plan is done he calls his children home to rest with him..
          It is still sad for us that are left here to deal with and with the Lords help we can only hope to cope with this loss…
          Prayers for you and your family!
          To the people that would judge based on the time the child was out…I pray for your mind and soul to be clear and invite you not to post hurtful comments to this family or the friends that love this child…one day you might be in the same position and have to read hurtful comments from Jerks that don’t know anything!

    • udon nome
      January 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      If God is going to take us away…. why does it matter if it was 2am or 2pm?? Why question that??…

      • kris
        January 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

        God bless the family. the little girl was my daughters friend.poor baby r.I.p

    • Facts
      January 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      They were on their wY back from LAX [removed]

    • Marina Grandbois
      January 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE? Have you ever been at a friends, or a fam members, and then decided to go home?

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