LANCASTER – A 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old man died early Sunday morning after a suspected drunken driver crashed into their vehicle at a Lancaster intersection, according to Lt. Richard Daniels of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The incident happened about 2:26 a.m. on Avenue J and 20th Street West in Lancaster.
The victims were traveling east on Avenue J, while the second vehicle was traveling north on 20th Street West, according to Daniels.
Both vehicles collided at the intersection, Daniels said.
“The vehicle carrying the two victims was overturned,” said Daniels. “Both victims were ejected from that vehicle and they were pronounced dead at the scene.”
Daniels said the driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital.
“He was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested, and he is currently in jail,” said Daniels.
Tommie Lee Cole, 24, was arrested for Felony DUI and booked at the Lancaster Station on $100,000 bail.
Updated 2/26/12 at 11 pm: The two men who died in the early morning crash are Beau Josh Owen Fluker, 26(Black male) and Jeffrey Gilstrap, 23 (White male), according to Lt. Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Both men are from Lancaster.
** Due to a discrepancy in the Traffic Report, the name and age of the second driver was listed incorrectly in an earlier version. We have corrected the error. Many thanks to the commenters for alerting us of the error!
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