LANCASTER – One passenger was killed and another passenger was critically injured Sunday afternoon when the driver of a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a pole, authorities said.
The incident happened around 2:20 p.m. on Division Street/Business Center Parkway and Avenue K-10 in Lancaster, according to Lancaster Station Watch Commander Lt. Paul Pfrehm.
“What we know preliminarily is the vehicle was traveling northbound on Division Street,” Pfrehm said. “The driver stated that he fell asleep and crashed into a pole on the northeast corner of the intersection.”
“The right front passenger was pronounced dead at the scene,” Pfrehm continued.
The driver and another passenger, who was seated in the middle of the front seat, were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital in critical condition, Pfrehm said.
The deceased passenger was not identified pending notification of next of kin. Pfrehm said he was a White or Hispanic male who appeared to be in his 50s.
“Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time – preliminarily,” Pfrehm said.
The collision is still under investigation.
Updated 7/15/12 @ 8:45 pm: The following is the press release from the Lancaster Station:
Traffic investigators from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station are investigating the circumstances of a fatal single vehicle collision which occurred at the intersection of Business Center Parkway and Avenue K-10 in Lancaster on July 15, 2012 at approximately 2:20 p.m..
Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed the vehicle was being driven northbound on Business Center Parkway by Robert Lira, Male Hispanic, 60, of Lancaster, when it left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a traffic signal pole.
The victim (passenger) was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and another passenger were transported to Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, where they are being treated for their injuries. The identity of the victim has not been released. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in this collision.
Sheriff’s Detectives continue to investigate this fatal collision, and ask if anyone has information regarding this incident, to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Enforcement Team at 661-948-8466.