LANCASTER – A female driver died early Sunday morning after another female driver crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision in Lancaster, authorities said.
The fatal crash happened around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, on Avenue J east of 40th Street East, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed a Dodge Caliber, being driven by a female adult driver, was traveling west on Avenue J towards 40th Street East. The Dodge crossed the center line of the roadway and collided head on with a Hyundai Sonata, which was travelling east on Avenue J,” the news release states.
“The female adult driver of the Hyundai passed away as a result of her injuries at the scene of the collision. The male adult passenger was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, and is expected to survive,” the news release states.
“The female adult driver of the Dodge was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive,” the news release states.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Drugs, alcohol or speeding do not appear to be factors in the collision, according to the news release.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the traffic investigators at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.
UPDATE: The deceased driver has been identified as 34-year-old Leslie Sophia Fleming of Palmdale, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
UPDATED: A gofundme account has been established to help the male passenger, Josh Hartley, pay his medical bills. To donate to this cause, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-josh-to-pay-his-bills.