PALMDALE – California Highway Patrol investigators are seeking individuals who witnessed the fiery triple-fatal collision that occurred around 10:35 p.m. Friday, July 4, in the southbound lanes of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just south of Avenue S.
“We’re looking to speak to witnesses who might have seen anything either before the collision or at the time of the collision,” said CHP Officer Gil Hernandez.
A 2004 Toyota Corolla was headed southbound on SR-14, approaching Barrel Springs overcrossing, when it was rear-ended by a 2013 Tesla, according to a preliminary investigation conducted shortly after the incident.
The Toyota, which was carrying five people, burst into flames following the collision.
The Toyota’s driver, 41-year-old Lamont Correll, and two passengers, 13-year-old Devante Correll and 10-year-old Jayvon Correll, were killed in the collision, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
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.
The Tesla’s driver, 58-year-old Ric Garrison of Newhall, sustained minor injuries and was cleared by emergency personnel at the scene and then released.
The investigation is still ongoing, and investigators are reaching out to the public for more information.
“The CHP is seeking any witness who might have seen the Tesla or the Toyota either before the collision or at the time of the collision,” Hernandez said.
Potential witnesses are urged to contact Officer Gil Hernandez or Officer Carter Howell at the CHP’s Antelope Valley Office at 661-948-8541.
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