PALMDALE – A 54-year-old woman riding a motorcycle was killed Saturday night (Sept. 1) after she ran a red light and broadsided a car in a Palmdale intersection, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The crash occurred around 6:48 p.m. at the intersection of Elizabeth Lake Road and Mesquite Road in Palmdale.
Gail Klascius was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Elizabeth Lake Road at approximately 50 mph approaching the intersection of Mesquite Road.
The second vehicle, a 2007 Mercedes, was headed southbound on Mesquite Road, but was stopped at the red light of the Elizabeth Lake Road intersection.
The traffic light for southbound traffic on Mesquite Road phased to green as the traffic light for east and westbound traffic on Elizabeth Lake Road phased to red, the CHP report states.
The Mercedes entered the intersection on the green light as the motorcycle continued traveling westbound against the red light, according to the CHP report.
The motorcycle broadsided the Mercedes on the left side, and Klascius was thrown from her bike. She hit her head on the roadway, the report states.
Although her helmet was located at the scene, it is unclear if Klascius was wearing her helmet properly at the time of the crash, according to the report.
Klascius sustained blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead around 7:30 p.m.
The driver of the Mercedes, 58-year-old Ana Chavez of Palmdale, sustained minor injuries in the collision, including a cut to her left hand.
The time of day may have been a factor in the collision because the sun was setting and could have potentially created visibility issues for drivers traveling westbound, according to the report.
The collision is still under investigation.