ACTON – Two Palmdale residents were killed and an infant sustained major injuries Tuesday night when the vehicle they were riding in veered off the 14 Freeway and crashed into a guard rail and a large metal pole, authorities said.
The double-fatal collision occurred around 7:54 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, north of Santiago Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
A 31-year-old Palmdale man was driving a grey 2014 Ford Focus in the carpool lane, at an unknown speed, when the car traveled off the roadway onto the left shoulder and crashed into a guard rail, the CHP report states.
“The Ford continued forward and struck a large metal pole just west of the guard rail, causing major damage to the vehicle,” the CHP report states.
The right front passenger, a 31-year-old Palmdale woman, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP report.
The driver was transported by ambulance to Palmdale Regional Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
An infant sustained major injuries and was flown by helicopter to the University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center, according to the CHP report.
The names of the deceased have not been released pending next of kin notification.
The deceased have been identified as 31-year-old Ivan J. Ramirez (driver) and 31-year-old Felicia Martinez (passenger), both from Palmdale, according to the California Highway Patrol.