LANCASTER – A Palmdale teen driver was killed and two passengers suffered major injuries early Friday morning when the vehicle they were riding in careened off the roadway and overturned numerous times, authorities said.
The single-vehicle fatal collision occurred around 1:05 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 on East Avenue K near 90th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Eighteen-year-old Joshua Coti was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound on Avenue K, “at an extremely high rate of speed,” when he failed to stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of Avenue K and 90th Street East, the CHP report states.
“Coti lost control of the Civic east of the intersection, which caused the Civic to travel off the roadway and onto the south dirt shoulder. The Civic then collided with an Edison power pole, shearing the pole at the base,” the CHP report states.
The Civic flipped numerous times as it careened further out of control; and Coti, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle onto the dirt shoulder, the CHP report states.
The Palmdale teen was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department 135 personnel.
Daniel Benitez, 20, of Lancaster and Oscar Gutierrez, 20, of Lancaster, were passengers in the vehicle. Both suffered major injuries and were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the CHP report.
The collision remains under investigation.