PALMDALE – A 23-year-old Lancaster man was arrested early Saturday morning after he rear-ended a vehicle, killing the driver inside.
Jeffrey Brooks was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station jail.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the fiery crash, which occurred just before 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 on Avenue S at Sierra Highway, according to Detective Brent Bunch of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
Brooks was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer eastbound in the No. 2 lane on Avenue S when he crashed into the back of a sport coupe that was also eastbound in the No. 2. lane, Sheriff’s officials said.
Witnesses at the scene said the sport coupe was at the traffic signal at the Sierra Highway intersection when the speeding Lancer slammed into the back of the coupe, causing it to burst into flames. The driver inside the burning vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
The driver’s name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, but authorities said the driver was a Hispanic male.
UPDATED 10/2/14: The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Daniel Orellana Jr. of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.