PALMDALE – A driver and two children were killed Friday night when the vehicle they were riding in burst into flames after being rear-ended on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said.
The fatal collision occurred around 10:35 p.m., July 4 in the southbound lanes of the 14 Freeway, just south of the Avenue S, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
A 41-year-old man was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla southbound on SR-14, approaching Barrel Springs over-crossing, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2013 Tesla driven by 58-year-old Ric Garrison of Newhall, the CHP report states.
The Toyota Corolla was carrying the driver and four passengers, and the vehicle burst into flames after the collision.
The Toyota’s 41-year-old driver, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy were trapped in the vehicle and died at the scene, CHP officials said.
The other two passengers, 31-year-old Tyree Lavon Nash of Lancaster and a 6-year-old boy, survived the crash but sustained major injuries, according to the CHP report. Both were pulled from the burning vehicle by a pair of Good Samaritans, CHP officials said.
The Tesla’s driver (58-year-old Ric Garrison) sustained minor injuries and was cleared by emergency personnel at the scene and then released, the CHP report states.
Traffic was diverted onto Avenue S, and the roadway was closed until about 4 a.m. Saturday morning to allow for the investigation.
The names of the deceased have not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
UPDATED 7/17/14: The deceased have been identified as 41-year-old Lamont Correll, 13-year-old Devante Correll and 10-year-old Jayvon Correll, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The story has been updated with the correct ages for the victims.
161 comments for "3 killed in fiery crash on 14 Freeway"
Omg Devante you were one of my best friend and little brother i cant believe it has been almost 5 months without you i need you know no matter what i would always be by your side your always be in my heart <3 all my prayers will go to your family nad your father, you, and little brother i will always think of you every time when i go to bed…. i miss how i had you in my after school classes i miss you Devante Correll <3
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i will always miss you Devante especially having you in my classes. <3
Mrs M says
It’s been almost 2 months since this tragedy. Any updates on the surviving injured and the investigation?
I’m really surprise by how everyone here seem to find that a car bursting in flame to be an non issue… Tesla had battery impact (metal junk on road) where the car catched fire, but that fire took a while to happen, the car warn the driver he had to pull over and get out of the car, there were a little bit of smoke and then took a few minute to actually catch fire. The media was all up in arm about it being a car that is dangerous because it catch fire. Now you have a mass produce low cost car that can catch fire in a very critical way and cause multiple death… And you are all concern which of the 2 driver is responsible ? The only thing you guys can really complain about is the fact the Toyota caught fire that caused death. The rest you have to wait for the investigation.
D. Johnson says
As an insurance claim investigator and material damage appraiser I have read over 25,000 collision reports and inspected as many if not more crashed vehicles. I’ve seen just about every scenario involving motor vehicle collisions. There could be any number of circumstances surrounding this collision. Eye witness accounts and forensic scene investigation will solve exactly what happened. To attempt to render a conclusion prior to the complete investigation is pure speculation.
D johnson. well said. people want to hang people before the facts come out. so people save your words an opinions till you’re involved yourselves
How ridiculous you sound”until you’re involved yourself”…well, I certainly hope and pray I will never be involved in a horrific crash, and nobody else..or YOU!
Thank you, very well sadistic
My bad..TYPO..very well SAID
CRYSTAL CAMPFIELD says
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Dr Garrison’s cell phone records will reveal if he was talking/texting at
time of impact … the Tesla’s black box will reveal the exact speed he
was driving and whether or not he hit the brakes … and when those
wrongful death lawsuits start flying at Garrison, he’s going to have to
shell out big bucks to defend himself, and no matter the outcome, it
will have major “impact” on his finances now and into the distant future …
and then there is the question of criminal charges being filed against him …
his insurance rates will skyrocket if he’s even insurable anymore … yeah,
I think he’s got stuff on his mind … and the bereaved, grief-stricken family
of the injured and deceased, they are going through unbearable loss right
now, and extreme emotional and financial hardships … the two injured will
be having immense medical bills … may God be merciful to all involved …
more mercy. says
MERCY the way you describe what could happen it shows your dislike for Dr. Garrison. wishful thinking.
Observer ... says
I cannot imagine Dr. Garrison NOT being sued, it is wishful thinking to expect anything less than five lawsuits. Come on now.
Stanley Pearlman says
An average attorney in the AV is $300/hour.
Insurance rates for excellent drivers with no accidents are
very, very high in Southern California – even at state minimums.
Cell phone records are digitally stored for a reason.
In the higher-end automobiles, there is a black box for data retrieval.
Everything Mercy stated is accurate, and I didn’t sense any wishful thinking.
Stanley Pearlman says
Sounds like Mercy stated the obvious, didn’t sound like any dislike.
I meant no offense to anyone involved as I know none of the accident victims. It was a horrible tragedy and Dr Garrison is probably a very
nice man who didn’t deserve this as the folks in the other car didn’t
deserve it either. My humble apologies …
Does anybody know how the two injured people are doing? I hope they make a full recovery.
First I’m so sorry for this family the lives that’s was taken was just so unnecessary period! Regardless whether he a good man a man of good works! He made a poor decision! That took precious lives! We all have busy lives, but we must be held accountable for are decisions! I no if it was me or u we will be fighting a case but neither here or there we most give respect for the lives lost Dr Garrison is still alive at home with his family we can deal with him later let’s raise money help this family at this time! Let’s us as a community give some support to each other! Look around life is short! Our time might be up next! Please post all fun raisers!!
ayanna mccall says
Thnkx for your support my cumin and his friend praise for all your concern his kids would love that too God had my cumin Tyree back that was his guardian Angel.
you have the right idea life goes on lets do something for the people who needs it right now
Ok, I’m sorry I’m late with this statement because I was so stunned and scared from the fact of what happened and so sad because tbh me and my fam was right there in front of the incident and what happened is not true, what really happened was we where driving to LA with me, my brothers, parents and uncle and we where talking and my dad said what’s that? Bc they are wrong, the Toyota was not moving and had there emergency lights on bu and we kept on looking at it bc my dad was like i don’t think there on the shoulder and as we got closer they wasn’t and my dad was like omg that’s a car stoped and they not moving and soon as he said that the Telsa flew pass us bc we where doing the speed limit exactly and they flew pass us so they were speeding over the speed limit so they flew pass us and hit the Toyota and soon as they hit the Toyota it spent to the left because we were driving to the left and when the Telsa hit the stoped Toyota, it spent to the right anl instantly caught on fire but it caught on fire so quickly like a match and my dad said omg watch out!! And we swerved out the way of the debris but it cracked our windshield and we was so scared we didn’t stop and couldn’t and because my little briefe brothers were in the car and my mom didn’t want them to see but that’s what happened and my mom went down to tell it on that Monday because they were closed on the weekend but the person driving the Telsa should be arrested because we saw the whole thing up close and he or she wasn’t paying arrangin attention plus speeding and hit the Toyota because if they where paying attention they would’ve saw the Toyota car emergency lights on but so sorry I didn’t say or tell what really happened but he or she shouldn’t have been let go driving the Telsa but that’s what happened and soooo sorry for the lost of the familyf
Thank you for leaving your eyewitness account. Were you able to talk to the CHP? They have released a new article begging for witnesses to come forward. I hope your statement can help clear things up. Continued prayers for the innocent victims!
This sounds like a very unfortunate accident. A car stalled on the freeway in the dark, with flashing lights,with cars going 55-70 miles an hour,is not going to be a good ending. Even if the driver was going 55 miles per hour, he may not have stopped in time (you don’t expect a car completely stopped in middle of the fwy) and if he had, he too would have been a sitting duck for a car to ram into him. This is a horrible accident for all involved. My prayers to all family’s involved.
NO way says
I would never ever contact a PI who places his information and request on a public forum. Malik be ware.
Gregg A. Endless, PI says
Mr/Ms. Malik, would you please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like the opportunity to formalize you statements under penalty of perjury as well as talk to any others in your vehicle the night of July 4, 2014. I’m investigating this case and would greatly appreciate to get as many facts together as possible. I’m not interested in opinions, only what was seen and heard. I’m trying to reconstruct this accident. Our hearts go out to all the families this will affect.
Gregg A. Endless, PI – 8086 (CA only)
The Rexford Agency
13636 Ventura blvd., Suite 438
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Nothing has been proven as foul play!!!! Wait for a full investagation before you make any accusations. No decisions were made other then it was an accident!!!!! Other then urs to open ur uneducated misinformed ignorant trashy mouth!!! Dr Garrison is a well rounded person. And is well respected in this valley
13th Juror says
Hello David..stop the name calling…Think. of the 3 victims..2 are children.. what if they were your family members. what would you.say?..RG. is still alive, but is left with a memory, that will haunt him forever. May God give him strengh..To the victims rest in peace. no more troubles of this world
David, what’s up with the name calling??…How childish you sound..I think everybody can agree. Dr Garrison, is well respected, and very well known in the community.. I will state again, his credentials is not in question..when the investigation is compete all FACTS will be released..so until, we must WAIT..continued prayers to both families..God bless
I also do not know Dr Garrison personally …..however its far too easy to look at the one who survived as the bad guy ….add to that a wealthy and successful physician driving a new Tesla….and demonize his actions with absolutely no facts in hand . It is a tragic accident on BOTH SIDES. Lets ALL remember that …..No one yet has all the facts …and certainly not the public . So why not wait for all the facts …..and keep our eyes off the “deep pockets ” offense that seems to be developing here .
How do we know what the Toyota did prior …..or even another car not even known to be involved …..does any car have a mechanism that detects “a driver cutting another drive off ( or passing on the right and cutting back in – common in the AV ) and then stopping …..how about the Toyota….does it have the airbags that are ALL being recalled because they put out shrapnel that kills people and causes combustion …… does either car have a mechanical recall …..
Human compassion is needed on both sides of this issue . My prayers would be for both the families ……and lets save judgement for after the facts are in .
To the family Iam sending my condolences, I pray that you all have the power to carry on, and take care of one another. there is nothing no one can say that will ease your pain , but stay prayed up. The man that caused this horrible accident was not as good a man as people are posting, many years ago Dr. Ric Garrison laid off more than half of his staff at a moments notice, didn’t care that they had families or bills he just told them to step, how cold can you be, they didn’t know what they were going to do but it worked out for all of them, they are still doing what they Love doing which is saving lives, so all of you who are talking about how nice, good religious ect he is, maybe that’s because you never worked for him. In fact he didn’t even tell his staff himself he had someone else to do it, some of these people worked for him for years and did’t have the heart to face them to tell them they had no jobs, that is not how I measure a ” Good Man”
He had a business to run. He hated to let his staff go. It was a last minute decision when his budget was in the red for a long time, you selfish lady. He had no choice!
well if he knew for a long time that he was he in red, then he had time to prepare is staff for a lay off right ? you said it yourself that he was in the red for a long time, think before you write, and by the way Iam anything but selfish. that being said let’s raise some money for the family that lost lives.
One word – Tragedy
i live here says
ok…. I saw this coming home from LA… here is what I believe what happened… it was about 10:30, the city fireworks had ended and people were going home… but, over the city people continue to shoot off fireworks into the sky for much later into the night… where this accident happened was at or near the apex of the hill, where you can see most of the east Palmdale area….. from all I have gathered and have seen and can reason out is the following…
the Toyota pulled over to the side of the road to watch the fire works over east/south Palmdale, after a quick break to watch some more fire works they decide to go home, they pull back onto the freeway from the shoulder, maybe not even turned on there lights yet, and the Telsa slams them from behind…. jmho… nothing else
1. 4th of july fireworks
2. perfect place to watch them from
3. perfect time to watch them
4. where impacted, front right of tesla, rear left Toyota
5. witness’s said tesla was going flow of traffic…. which is around 65 in that area (I live up the street)
6. amount of damage off Toyota
Now, a little more disclosure…. I know Ric…. and I know him well. I have driven with him and he drives very conservatively. I do, race at Willow Springs and other race tracks in SoCal myself… And I can say Ric is not a race car driver and does not pretend to be one. I have driven in his Tesla with him, he bought the car because of his love of gadgets and electronics, nothing else… and I have never seen him go faster than a few miles over the limit…. he is one of the best men i have ever had the honer to meet. He actually saved my sons life, he has a Bible by his night stand at home… he is a deeply religious man and i have never seen or heard a violent remark from him in 30 years….I have not talked to him about this, as I think the only person i believe he should talk to is his attorney, as there will be many ready to see him punished…… the family that lost so many at one time…. there are no words in the world that can testify to the hurt and anguish they must feel… I am so so sorry for them, a wound that will never heal… and emptiness that will never feel…. May god bless them all….. and may they find some peace.
Ann Campbell says
OMG………you just said it all……….
I pray your thoughts of the accident are right……
I can’t imagine Ric Garrison being reckless, negliglent or anything else.
He is a Man of God, which I can attest to, and he has spent his life taking care of
sick people. He has taken care of my daughter for almost 17 years. He has been taking care of me for the last 3 personally. I trust him with my daughter’s & my life.
I pray for the family who lost their loved ones, I lost a son many years ago to a similar tragedy. Sometimes accidents just happen.
You certainly saw a lot to be driving on the 14 freeway..I guess you pulled over on the shoulder, as well..
I live here too says
First of all I would like to say that this is my first posting on here as I keep looking for updates to this story and as of today there are still none…my first thoughts are with sincere sympathy for the families who lost their loved ones and for the speedy recovery of those still suffering from their injuries…I do not personally know any of the parties involved but it is getting a little annoying reading all of the scenarios that people keep posting on here…for every reason you give as to how this accident may have occurred I can name one to rebut it…but I won’t…it doesn’t matter because it is not my court or your court of law and you are not the judge nor the jury…and just because you have a Bible on your night stand does not mean you are somehow without sin or mistakes! Get real and use some common sense before making such ridiculous statements!
thanks, your a jerk! why are you people feeling so sorry for him. No one stops on the 14 to watch fire cheesy fireworks that are in east Palmdale. average speed on the 14 is well over 65mph and i think your really full of crap!
the only loss are the peolpe that he hit
I couldn’t have said it better. Your relationship to him is obviously closer, as I have been his patient and you have been his friend. The circumstances with him having to “lay people off” has been misinterpreted and it was beyond his control. It was a result of a common occurrence and he handled it the only way he could until matters were resolved and he could move on and resume his practice as usual. That, has nothing to do with this, and anyone who lays negative reference to that matter has no credibility and no business responding. Trying to use that which they don’t have all the information on is incredibly lame.
In time, we will have a full report from the police and, hopefully, the truth will be told. People who feed off the drama and want to portray the one who walked away as the bad guy, shouldn’t let the media, through the initial reports, impress greatly in their minds, because as we know, inconsistencies are great.
Thank you for thoughtful statement. I couldn’t have said it better.
First, I am in awe over the rude and nasty remarks that are being made to people, because their opinion is different. Since when is name calling permitted because you don’t agree with someone. Then we wonder why so many young people are being bullied, when they see it at home it must be ok, WRONG! Freedom of speech includes writing my thoughts down. My heart and prayers go out the families of those whom lost their lives. Now down to business, I have known Dr. Ric Garrison since the early 80’s. His career choice was a physician, this doesn’t make him any better than anyone else . It’s nice to see how many think the world of him, one has to remember there are also many that don’t, and remember at the end of the day he is just like all of us citizens (with perhaps more money) . We all need to take our personal feelings out of the picture, let the CHP do there job, and if rules or laws were bent or flat ignored this can be determined court system.
Well said Sue.
AV TriednTrue says
I have read the comments and frankly – I still hold my initial thoughts about this accident.
1) Yes – it was an accident 2) Given any other situation involving a death – a sobriety check is performed. 3) Rear end accidents are always the fault of the hitter! Regardless of the reason. Cars are weapons and when you include speed or other distractions they prove to be deadly. 4) I’m sorry, but if this was a Anglo-american family killed by a person of “color” any “color” they would have been detained, with checks for any DUI methods and “held pending investigation”. 5) Because this accident was inflicted by a Doctor bears no significance – It doesn’t matter how many alphabets you have behind your name – you must drive and act responsibility always! This doctor is no different than a mechanic or waitress and HE should be held accountable for his actions. BTW – I personally know of a couple who where killed by a firefighter who had a few drinks (and I read..oh how stressful their job is..blah, blah, blah). I would contend those that have seen the damage done by reckless driving should be all the more responsible. 6) I will pray for God’s perfect will and conviction on settlement of this accident – because after all is said and done – SOULS have been lost (whether living or dead). Prayers to the family of those beautiful lives lost and for the potential of their lives.
Rear end collisions ARE NOT ALWAYS the driver in the rear’s fault. There are ALWAYS mitigating circumstances in a rear end collision that takes some responsibility, and in some cases all responsibility off the rear driver. I know from personal experience. Seeing as we know nothing except it was a rear end collision, a fire erupted, speed does not seem to be a factor, and alcohol appears to not have been a factor that were know of, it’s a little silly to try to lay blame on any party involved. Let the investigators do what they are trained to do. Most of the posts since this tragedy occurred have already tried, convicted and sentenced Garrison before all the facts have been gathered. It’s a tragic loss, a horrible accident. Lives have been changed forever.
Rick Tucker says
Whoever authorized this post is a poor excuse for a human being. You are one of the many reasons humans gravitate towards racism. God will judge you my friend, for your insensitive and callous words.
jesus and god have nothing to do with this
Very well Stated.
That’s what I love about this country, idiot or intellect , all are free to express their opinion!
Blown away says
First of all, none of you were there. Secondly, we will never really know what happened. Instead of everyone being ignorant think about the tragedy of it all. At the end of the day this was an accident. No one set out to intentionally hurt anyone else. Both vehicles wrong place wrong time. People, the thoughts and prayers need to go out to all parties involved. This can happen not matter of your financial or social standing. Be real this happened it’s tragic. Put positive thoughts and prayers again to families of victims and to the survivors. This kind of attitude of ignorance gripes me.
One thing should be learned from this,when you drive a car you had better pay attention at ALL TIMES. There are far too many people on the road day dreaming.This was a horrible accident learn from it.
Mother Muckraker says
Note there were many who risked their lives helping people in the Corolla:
And note the Dr. and his colleagues who are only concerned about their reputations and careers
Why is that?
Study: The Rich Really Are More Selfish
Mother Muckraker says
In rear end collisions, it’s almost always the fault of the car in the rear.
3 died n the Corolla. The Tesla driver is alive with barely a scratch.
What’s really disgusting is the benefit of a doubt given to the Model S driver simply because of his position as a doctor. Who gives a damn about the docs feelings? There are 3 people in a family who are dead.
The “Doctor” needs to do at least 3 yrs in State Prison for DUI and Reckless driving. Nuff said.
What are you, stuck on Stupid???? There is nothing in the article that indicates DUI. The Driver was released after the CHP investigated. He will have to deal with this ACCIDENT for several years now.
What you need to engage in is READING COMPREHENSION!
Dr garrison, will be dealing with this tragic accident for the rest of his life..I am sure he is a great MD..The FACTS..Dr Garrison,
ANGER?..Yes, that he did not mention the LOST of LIVES..I don’t know Dr Garrison, but quite sure a fine MD..However, his crendtials has nothing to do with the tragic accident..FACTS: Dr Garrison, was BEHIND the WHEEL of the Telsa, that rear ended the Corolla..
I have known Ric for 22 years. As a fellow physician, I have seen him in many situations, both professional and social such as the hospital and Christmas parties. I have always known him to behave professionally and compassionately. I only know Ric on a professional level but I do know that Ric is a great doctor and a caring, warm person. I have never seen him behave recklessly. These two vehicles were at the wrong place at the wrong time, and everyone came out a loser. We, the public, have been given no details, so second guessing is futile. My heart breaks at the suffering of everyone from Ric and his family to the other passengers and their families to the first responders, the tow truck driver, and every one in the hospitals caring for the survivors. This is a sad time, a time for prayer, and a time to thank God you have not experienced the worst day of your life (prayers to those that have)
With all respect for those lost in this (lets call it what it IS) terrible accident..and even thoughts and good, positive vibes and energy going out to Mr. Garrison.. With that being said, I cannot help but notice the biased opinion and limited rush to judgement with this particular incident.
Us “normal” folks have been witness to numerous incidents similar to this one that have been reported through this website and other common mediums..I know I personally have watched on and been disgusted as the presumed person at fault is convicted in a court of public opinion, as anyone and everyone with internet access rushed to judgment, recommending everything from reciprocal punishment to the death penalty and everything in between.
We all know that everyone is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, right?
My question is..Why so often does it seem that only the privileged ever experience anything resembling a fair trial and why are so many people withholding judgement (albeit misguided) regarding this particular case?
If we have decided that now we are going to be compassionate and understanding, how about we apply this new found empathy equally and to ALL parties involved in (and possibly legally liable for) an A-C-C-I-D-E-N-T…???
(That is why accidents aren’t referred to as “on-purposes” ya know.
Artavia Weeks says
Hi I’m the sister of Mr.Nash that was riding in the car that this Dr hit. First of all a crime was committed and 1 man and 2 innocent children lost they life. My brother and another innocent child is fighting for they life right now as we speak. This Dr was wrong for speeding and for his profession to be a Dr the noble generous thing he should have done was seen if anybody need medical attention and helped pulled those from that burning car. He’s wrong and justice needs to be served he wasn’t giving a DUI assessment at the scene they just let him go in about his way because of who he is and his profession. My brother lost a coworker and the driver lost his 2kids. His mother lost a child grandchildren and another child don’t have a father and His siblings how can y’all think this crime us right and that the Dr didn’t do anything wrong. #JusticeNeedsToBeServed
I am not saying the dr did not do anything wrong. I am only asking people to wait for the facts. I truly grieve for your situation and your brother’s loss of his friend and his friend’s children. I lost my sister in law to a drunk driver in 1985. She left behind my 3 and 4 year old nerve and nephew. Our family never recovered from this tragedy. I am not trying to make excuses for anyone. Justice should be served where it is appropriate, but we should not bash someone just because he is a doctor. The AV news press says he was tested for alcohol and had a negative test. The news has said nothing about whether he was speeding. Us local folk have to rely on the news. You may have privileged information. I am not here to argue. I am so sorry for your situation and pray for all involved. This is a life changing event for all involved. I’ve been there…done that…and relieved that this time it is not my family in the news.
Sorry for the lost of your family, but do you think that in the slightest chance it could’ve been your family’s fault. Oh, of course not! It’s always someone else’s fault. Nuf said
This accident was yes, very tragic and unfortunate, but it is against the law to enter a freeway without turning your light on. I know for a fact there was no speeding involved and no drinking/drugs involved. It doesn’t not matter what profession either driver is in, a part of paying attention is to make sure your vehicle is in proper working order and that you do not forget to turn your lights on! I see it all the time. Unfortunately, the driver of the Corolla risked many lives because he was not paying attention.
This would’ve NEVER happened if your family hadnt stopped in a lane to see the fireworks!
i am so soory says
hi sister i am the first person that got to the car to help get them out.. i am so sorry. i see this every day in my head.. i hope your brother make a full recovery. and the liittle boy as well. i wont go into details bc it is too upsetting for me. i have given my statement to the chp. please let the family know i did not see the 2 children in the back.. i beat my self up over this..but i really did not see them i am so sorry.
johan mann says
Dr.garrison is very well known in A.V and he is very close friend with the mayor of Lancaster.The CHP officers were from the AV station and they treated him like royalty.All the standard procedure for an accident like this was ignored.When you hit somebody in the back of the car you’re guilty,that is the law in California. Involuntary manslaughter that is what Garrison is guilty of,not to mention the fact that he was not given a DUI test at the site of the accident.Will he do any jail time ?The answer is NO.
Yes Doctor Garrison is a very compassionate man. He has treated my daughter for drug addiction all he cared about was keeping her alive. He is a Christian man and loves God and has spoken to my daughter about God and her life. He is a loving, kind man that deserves some understanding during this time. We are praying for the families that have lost loved ones also Dr. Garrison and his family. May God find a way in this tragedy to strengthen everyone involved. May his hand give strength where there is no strength. Amen.
What is sad is that this was a terrible accident. Dr. Garrison is a good man and I am sure this is laying heavy in his heart. His gift is taking care of people and for this to happen is beyond anybody’s believe. The family or families that just lost their loved ones I pray that God cradle you in his arms in this sad time. I am sure he is holding those loved ones that were lost. I know that their are those who believe and those who do not, light a candle for each life that was lost. Their flame might have been put out but their love, spirit and soul will not be forgotten. I pray for all of who have been touched by this tragedy.
Amen, I agree with all God’s love.
If he cares so much he should be reaching out to the family to give a formal heart felt apology. He is well known in the community ..a staement should be made .
He isn’t allowed to say anything.
p martinez says
The store mgr at food 4 less in palmdale 25st e and ave s would like to be informed if there will b any fundraising efforts up here. And as for dr. garrision he normal drove his telsa at about 90 mph on any given day on the 14 .
You FOOL! To know something like that you must be right behind him doing the same speed. What a stupid ignorant remark!
No, not necessarily. Cars zoom by me on the freeway at high rates of speed all the time, and I’m going 60-70mph.
“Joe”, I seriously doubt your sincerity. However, if you did witness an individual breaking the law time after time and did nothing about it, you have a measure of guilt in this accident as well.
You could have prevented this from ever happening by being a good citizen.
But like I said, I doubt your sincerity.
God Bless all involved in this accident…
Pretty Known that theres only so many of these cars in the AV and other Drs think they are soooo cool trying to find out just how fast that car goes..All old , all in some sort of midlife crisis .
Michele Flynn says
I have known Dr Garrison for 30 years when he got his start at the Family Practice Center next to The AV Hospital. It does not matter who is at fault, it happened, people died, Dr Garrison is freek ed out over this and it will always mess with him cause he’s a healer, and loves who he has helped in the AV. God bless all of the people in the accident, and may they all have peace. A men !
Doctor or not and even if the car was stopped on the freeway its his fault. I’v driven this freeway for 10 years 5 days a week and people drive like its their personal race track. Not sure how you true detectives got 65mph nothings been confirmed. I’m sure you will all have your witty comments but people need to pull their head out of their ass and pay attention.
What strikes me as funny most of the sympathy is going to the idiot that hit the Corolla that where the heart felt condolences should go. i know its not some “doctor” hell he doesn’t even live up here. if you tell me i don’t know well i was a patient of his so their not felling the comments that are being said about him.
HEART GOES OUT FOR THE TERRIBLE LOSS “not the doctor”
I’m sure that you haven’t driven on the freeway on the number 1 (fast) lane in the middle of the night and to see that a car has stopped to watch the fireworks. I know I haven’t. Toyota is at fault!
I can’t believe how many ‘eyewitnesses’ there were to the accident.
Read their comments below.
R. H. says
Dr. Garrison correctly diagnosed an illness I have that many other doctors missed over many years. This is all I need to know about Dr. Garrison. He will forever have my gratitude.
Who cares about your diagnose…You mention nothing about the lives lost..A father, his two children..age 13 and 8….What’syour diagnose now?
Eileen, I would think RH, RH’s family and friends care about Dr. Garrison’s diagnosis. And you know what, I do too.
This is a very sad incident for all involved. Perhaps your comment was made in anger…
Your ignorant so u did not want to die from your illness did you! Same with this family the did not want to die for a reckless driver period there live are ruined o but u u can live now be treated! Watch yourself I’m sure your day will come! Your or your love ones!
Val Alvarez says
Dr.Garrrison is the only Doctor in this entire Valley of Heat, and Death, that has been , a patient ,to this patient, God bless all of those that suffered or are still suffering , MY heart goes out to the Victims and Dr.Garrison and his family. Get well half the valley depends on your services. yours truly Val Alvarez
It’s entirely possible the Toyota changed lanes in front of the Tesla, or maybe they merged onto the 14 at 30mph? We’ve all been behind some doofus who thinks merging onto the 14 at 30mph is a good idea.
The Toyota driver and his two children are DEAD, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?! DEAD!! Why are you crafting scenarios where the DEAD GUY might be at fault? He was rearended, that’s all we know. So for now, it is mostly likely the fault of the rearender until more information is given. To try to put blame on the Toyota driver at this point is heartless and unwarranted. SMH…
It goes both ways Kay. Sometimes it’s both driver’s faults or no fault. Just an accident. Chill out!
I would put the blame on the Toyota car that caught fire. The car maker failed to sufficiently protected the gas tank from read-ended impact. The driver of the Tesla could be at fault, but the Toyota driver could also be at fault. And maybe it just an accident, it could be an electrical problem that stranded the Toyota car without light and power to move, and the Tesla driver on a highway at night could have a really hard time to detect such car. There is a LOT of possibility.
The only one WE can know for sure is that Toyota car should not have caught fire, and even if it did, there should be system in place that would protect the occupant of the car to give them time to reach for safety.
For the rest, let wait to get the police investigation to know more about it !
Apparently, it is fact that the people who are hit, never had anything to do with causing the accident. This was a great tragedy for all involved. Before social media on computers, we would have had to wait for the facts to come in. How many times have we seen innocent people suffer because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time? Let the officials decide. Just because the driver of the Tesla is alive, doesn’t make him guilty.
Very sad for both families!
I pray for both families, because no one should have to go through this. To all the ones pointing fingers there are 3 pointing right back. No one is perfect in this life. We just need to pray. Only the ones that know what truly happened is the ones that was involved in the accident and God. Trust and believe Dr. Garrison is feeling the pain. They said he was upset. Just pray for both families and stop talking bad about both families.
I witnessed the ugliness of people, and their hateful words shortly after my ex, and father of my 12 yr old daughter was killed on his motorcycle a few short months ago. Ignore the ugliness and hate. I pray my daughter never comes across the hatred I saw posted on the article of his accident. Thats all it was, a terrible, terrible, accident. God bless
bob evans says
It was an accident stop acting like he did it on purpose. Who has not had an accident. . Stop. It was an accident. It must be really bad for him right now.hes not a bad guy. Stop talking [removed]. Its unforunate that it happened. His career or choice of car has no bearing on the facts.if ure jealous he has a nice car go to school be a doctor get ure own car. I sick of [removed] people who talk crap. You could get into an accident yourself. Then how eould u feel.if we residents talk [removed].
Judgment or fault put on either party before we know the whole story is wrong.. If you weren’t there, don’t talk about it like you were. Instead, pray for both parties. It’s obvious that alcohol wasn’t a problem because dr. ric got released… And now this good man has to live with being involved in a collision that took three lives… Including two young children… He will live with that for the rest of his life.. Pray for him and his family… And pray for the deceased and their family.. It’s all we can do.. So do it.
I wasn’t at the scene of the accident and didn’t see what happened.
So, there’s that.
Im just wondering why the driver of the Tesla wasn’t taken into custody until investigation! If he is a Dr then he could be a flight risk !! Honestly , he has the ability to be gone just like that with that kind of money. If, he in fact was driving recklessly, texting, on the phone , or drinking and driving. Not saying he does or was , not accusing. These would be my concerns if my family was in the corolla :( sad to say but in this world sometimes when you have money you get treated differently then those without.
stupid people says
Really a flight risk? You have no idea what you are talking about. He is tied to this community with a business and family. He would not flee. He has no criminal record. Investigations can take many weeks. Charges will most likely come in time, but he is a man who saves lives, just because he is a doctor does not mean he is a flight risk
Do you know Dr. Garrison and his background? If you did, you wouldn’t type such a stupid statement. Everyone on here is feeling bad for all concerned. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones! Now hush!!
you are a moron, “Lynn”. He wasn’t taken in because he wasn’t intoxicated..therefor they could not hold him for an accident. I know for a fact he’s a true person who has a business and a life and I also know he feels horrible. I really feel for the families of the lost loved ones, but think about it, a normal guy who saves lives for a living was just simply in a freak accident and killed 3 people, leave the guy alone and let the investigators do their jobs. Keep your dumb comments to yourself.
How do you know he wasn’t intoxicated? He wasn’t taken to a hospital for a blood draw – the results would have put that question to rest. I know for a fact that it is required that a blood draw be done when there is a fatality in an auto accident.
In almost every other story, everyone fights and argues about the driver being arrested and how they should be arrested. But just because this guy was a doctor, the situation is different? Rather than Dr. Garrison getting the blame, people are actually turning this around to blame the Corolla driver? What a horrible and sick thing for people to say! Why is it so outrageous to think that, yeah, the doctor caused 3 people to die. I don’t care if he was a doctor or the freaking pope…3 people died because someone was recklessly driving. I can’t believe all the support the doctor is getting while 3 people lie dead. The other day when there was a motorcycle crash on Sierra Hwy, people wasted no time accusing and calling for charges. It’s a backwards world we live in.
I don’t think people are suggesting that it isn’t his fault. The perception is that someone with that level of education and heavy responsibility in their career, tends to be more responsible in their private lives. People don’t want to believe they could have had such an error in judgment.
Dave S says
Unfortunately for Garrison, there are few scenarios where this is NOT his fault.
The question will become, why? If he was drinking, or texting, or on the phone, or speeding, then he deserves lifechanging conviction and punishment. If it was something a bit more innocent–maybe Garrison looked up himself too see fireworks, or the people in the Corolla suddenly hit the brakes or what not, then maybe not.
In any case, Garrison’s life just changed. He bears some responsibility for the deaths of 3 people.
Mrs wonder says
Why couldn’t the Toyota driver be at fault?
If the other car was behind the doctor and it was the doctor who was rear ended and lost his life, you can rest assured that the driver would have been blowing in the breathalyzer 2 or 3 times at the scene, hauled in for blood tests, and then jailed until they figured out what to charge him with. This accident not only took lives, it represents so many things wrong with the Antelope Valley. Typically in the AV you are GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. If you are a doctor, then you get the benefit of “innocent until proven guilty.”
I’m not a traffic investigator and, as previously stated, not all (but most are) rear end accidents are the fault of the car in the rear….. looking at the vehicles after the fire is out it appears the Corolla was impacted extremely hard. Was it possibly stalled (stopped)? Can’t fathom that much impact damage from two vehicles moving in the same direction.
Hes driving a $100,000 + car… im pretty sure he was speeding… but than again you never know the true story…
The Highway Patrol have accident scenes down to a science, the mile per hour of the Tesla, skid marks, and if the corolla was stopped or moving. Eddie, what is your back ground, don’t be an ass.
The CHP should do a fair and impartial investigation. Unfortunately, there are times they size up the scene and decide who to go after. Mysteriously all their “investigative work” matches what they decided in 5 minutes at the scene. Does anybody know if Dr. Garrison handed over his cell phone? Since he wasn’t transported for a blood draw, they already lost potential evidence (that could clear the doc or tell a different story). Unfortunately, this poor family will never know for sure.
The officer in the video said he was driving approx 65 (by witness accounts). Unfortunately, Tesla has been under investigation for the battery catching fire upon collision. You mix that with the gas of another car, & it won’t take high speed to cause such a fiery crash.
Tesla also fixed that issue that happened in two instances. All you need to do is watch the video to see that the battery pack in the Tesla had nothing to do with the Corolla catching fire.
Just Saying says
Hitting a piece of metal on the road and it piercing the undercarriage is hardly what you call a collision. Though in both cases the occupants had plenty of time to safely exit the vehicle. Additional armor on the vehicles battery pack solved the problem. And Elon Musk asking the NTSB to review the measures is not considered “under investigation”. The Tesla in this accident had no sign of fire at all, and reports said the Toyota didn’t catch fire until shortly after the impact. He was going 65, (you at least got that part right).
tony olivarez says
My Prayers go to alll the family to all who died and Prayers go to Dr Garrisson & His Family , We can Not Judge untill Here the Real Story , We Are All in Shock as his Family & Friends are , Please Keep All Familys who know Dr Garrison and all Died in there Prayers , and Please Let God Be The Judge
I wished I ( we all ) can say or do something for both sides of the families, but I can’t.
Also the guy Leo Reynolds that posted the car wash idea, your heart is in the right place, as these families will need funeral expenses. I work at Johanson Dielectrics Sylmar, on Monday I will request from Eric Johanson, to have a factory collection. To The Antelope Valley Times, can you print on the front page a site so collection monies can be donated? And please people, some will say god works in mysterious ways, others like myself will say this was a freak accident, I am sure that Toyota will investigate this, but stop the finger pointing. I am sure that Toyota had nothing to do with this, as well as the Dr. its nobodys fault. The only good thing about this is that it was not alcohol related. Well sorry and well thats it……..
The least Dr. Garrison should do is pay for the services
Just horrible. I wonder if the people in the Toyota put their breaks on to look at all of the fireworks because they had all the kids with them. Poor families. Such a tragedy.
This is a pretty good point. I wonder.
That is what happened!
I am sure it is Dr. Rich Garrison just because the failed to put Dr. In front of his name..He is well known here…He is most likely the one on his knees sobbing!
It states the Toyota flipped several times on the news but failed to say if the flipping caused the fire or something else did.
My prayers go out to the family that lost their loved ones.
I also pray for Dr. Garrison, he must be devastated, he chose to help heal people not to hurt them….
I hope he was not impaired at the time of this horrible accident.
Oops stupid auto correct… I meant Dr. Ric Garrison…he was my Dr. For years, very nice guy!
Prayers for the survivors for a full recovery, may God comfort you and your family.
Prayers with all the people. It was a small car and this is a big problem not much to protect between the passengers from the front or rear. Again sorry for all involved.
This is a terrible tragedy. We send our love and condolences to the families. May God give you strength to get through this most difficult time. To those who passed, you are now sleeping with the angels.
Ric Garrison, may God give you strength and comfort. We are so sorry for everyone involved. God bless you all!
leo reynolds says
38440 91 st east
house iam every sorry for the family that lost love ones if i can help let me now i can set up a car wash if u let me
Dave S says
Must be Dr. Ric Garrison, who works here but lives in Newhall.
I hope you’re wrong that it’s Dr. Ric. Anyone can spell their name that way!
Dave S says
Just a guess.
Few people spell it “Ric” Garrison.
Dr. Ric Garrison has they type of career that would own a Tesla.
Dr. Ric Garrison’s offices are in Palmdale.
Dr. Ric Garrison lives in Newhall.
Dr. Ric Garrison appears to be in his mid fifties.
My money says it’s Dr. Garrison.
it was the dr. ric garrison. someone i know that works for him confirmed it.
It was doctor garrison
RIP to the ones who were taken, especially the young ones, breaks my hearts to the fullest, and thank you to the good samaritans for doing what you could. Dr. Garrison is a family friend this is absolutely nuts.
It’s sad that a physician who wasn’t injured in the crash, wouldn’t stop to administer aid or otherwise attempt to help the victims. Thankfully, two Good Samaritans stepped up and helped rescue two of the victims.
who says he didnt stop and help? the people were trapped. just because it says his injuries were not major does not mean he was not in shock. Do not talk about what you don’t know. read the story.. how to you administer help to someone stuck in a fire inferno?
You must have witnessed the WHOLE thing to make such a statement. Why didn’t you help then?? OH, you weren’t there??? Got it.
al bacon says
Moni, I wonder which car the recall would be, or will be, for though. On one hand, Toyota should not have caught fire but on the other hand, there is the question of whether the battery on the Tesla was the cause of the fire and that car at fault.
The batteries on the Tesla wouldnt have caused the Toyota to burst into flames.
scenario: car in front ruptured gas tank, car in rear Shorted batteries with HUGE amperage, adequate.
Dave S says
Such a scenario points to the horrible danger of gasoline powered cars.
And the safety of electric.
Scenario: Corollas gas tank ruptures and ignites from from a spark off its frame from scraping on the road. You only need to take a look at the Tesla to see the its batteries didnt play a role.
Do you not understand..The Telsa driven by ric garrison hit the corolla..the corolla did not hit the telsa..Do you not understand 3 are DEAD..2 are CHILDREN
Why was the driver of the Tesla released if he in fact rear ended the Corolla that resulted in deaths.
He wasn’t intoxicated. Until and investigation is done, we won’t know who’s at fault. Not every rearender is the rear cars fault.
Routine procedure when there is an injury or death is to do an on site alcohol screening and to transport them to the hospital for a blood draw. From what is written on this site it is unclear or questionable as to whether they tested him for alcohol, but obviously they neglected to transport him to do the blood work. While I would bet my bottom dollar that Dr. Garrison would pass the test, it should have been done to eliminate speculation.
G. Marrion says
The story did not say, perhaps the Toyota was stalled.
And THIS is what I am waiting to hear about. At 65, you don’t just randomly rearend someone. At 10:30 at night, I wouldn’t think that he’d have fallen asleep, Ric is in excellent shape, and Palmdale to Newhall isn’t THAT far – I used to commute all the way from Glendale to Lancaster twice a day. Newhall is a quick trip. In any event, let’s say we wait to hear what the investigation shows before stringing up Ric. He’s a good guy, a good dr, and he was a friend to my late partner, so I’m gonna hold off and just wish everyone involved my heartfelt sympathies.
The driver of the car that rear-ends a leading vehicle will almost always be considered at least partially negligent. Every driver has a duty to follow other vehicles at a safe distance. The reason for this is because car drivers sometimes suddenly, and unexpectedly, slow down or come to a stop — to avoid a hazard in the road, for example, or simply because of traffic congestion. You are expected to have enough distance between you and the car in front of you to prevent a collision if such an unanticipated stop becomes necessary.
Dave S says
Yea people have my sympathies even if they’re not my friend or a Dr.
I work at the hospital and they did bring him and he was in custody so people should stop talking when they have no idea
White prominent doctor, very well known…Best believe if the driver was of color he would have been arrested, because the accident resulted in 3 deaths
..let’s keep it real…I pray for the family..
My condolences to the family may they rest in peace and our prayers are with all of you.
There were a lot of reports of cars being rear ended and many accidents this is a mind game studys have shown 4th of july has the mind searching for fireworks in the sky instead of the road… there was a bad crash on lancaster blvd and 15th lady drove threw a stop sign and straight into a suburban… people please drive safe fireworks are not worth looking at while driving..
My condolences to the family! We were on the freeway at the same time and got off on 10th West because we could see that traffic was coming to a stop. We were praying that it WASN’T an accident but we had almost been rear-ended TWICE just in the drive home to Palmdale from Lancaster. There was heavier than usual traffic due to the various fireworks shows and a lot of stop and go. 2 different people behind us almost caused accidents because they weren’t paying attention. I’m so sorry for the loss of these innocent victims.
Thank you we appreciate it.
For a Toyota to be rear ended and burst into flame!?
G. Marrion says
Curb weight for that Toyota is 2,500, the Tesla is 4,600. It didn’t stand a chance being hit with that much weight.
It is why people should drive defensively, slow down and learn to be less aggressive drivers (specially in southern Ca.) I drive a 18k lb. motor home, those that think they can just cut me off and brake and stop right in front of me are dead wrong if they think they own the road and the rules don’t apply to them.
If he was on the 14, then 65 IS SLOW.
Oh my gosh, me and my family drove by this around 11:00 a clock. it was horrible. there was a car and the fire barely got put out. I seen a man on his knees crying and officers were trying to calm him down…. Rest in Peace to the driver and passengers. and I hope the two that got out are ok.
Lin Geist says
If this is the Doc Ric that I know then I can assure everyone that he is totally beside himself regardless of who is to blame – prayers for all concerned
Ann Campbell says
I totally agree with Lin Geist………..This is just totally devastating for
EVERYONE involved. I pray for everyone involved in this tragedy. Dr. Garrison is a wonderful man.