Sixteen-year-old John Michael Burgess of Palmdale was pronounced dead at the scene, while 16-year-old Christopher Alan Ricker of Rosamond was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he later died of his injuries, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Both teens were riding in a 2002 Toyota Prius that was broadsided by a 2000 Volvo Tractor/Trailer around 6:45 p.m. Monday, in the intersection of 60th Street West and SR-138, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Ricker was driving the Prius northbound on 60th Street West when he “failed to stop at a stop sign” and drove directly into the path of the big rig, which was traveling westbound on SR-138 at an estimated 55 mph, according to the CHP report.
The big rig’s driver, 55-year-old Rodolfo C. Marcello of Littlerock, attempted to stop but could not do so in time, the CHP report states.
The front end of the big rig smashed into the right side of the Prius, forcing both vehicles northwest into the desert. Both teens were trapped inside the Prius and had to be extricated by LA County Fire Personnel, according to the CHP report.
Information on the big rig driver’s condition was not immediately available.
Editor’s note: There were conflicting reports on which teen was driving the Prius. Due to the damage of the car and the positions of the bodies, the driver of the Prius was initially reported to the coroner’s office as Burgess, Winter said. However, a later CHP media report stated that Ricker was driving the Prius. The CHP report also listed Ricker’s city of residence as Piedmont, Oklahoma. However, the coroner’s office has listed Ricker as a Rosamond resident based on his parents’ address, Winter said. The incident remains under investigation, and we will update this story when more information becomes available.
Picture of the crash scene per KTLA 5 News