LANCASTER – A man, woman and boy were killed Friday after a sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup truck in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said.
The crash occurred around 6:08 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in the intersection of West Avenue K and 25th Street West in Lancaster, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
A 1991 Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on Avenue K at what witnesses described as a high rate of speed; while the driver of a 2002 Dodge Ram truck was waiting to make a left turn from westbound Avenue K onto southbound 25th Street West, Jennings stated.
“When the light cycled yellow, eastbound traffic in the number one lane stopped,” Jennings stated. “The driver of the Dodge proceeded with his left turn and collided with the Jeep, which entered the intersection in the number two lane.”
The force of the crash sent the Jeep careening into a traffic signal pole and then into a tree. As the Jeep spun out of control, four of its five occupants were thrown from the vehicle, according to Jennings. Two of those ejected died at the scene, and one died at the hospital. Their names have not yet been released pending next of kin notification; they were identified only as a black adult male, a Hispanic adult female and a Hispanic boy.
“It appears as if the occupants of the Jeep were not wearing their seat belts,” Jennings stated.
The Jeep’s two surviving occupants suffered injuries, as did the driver of the truck, but the extent of those injuries were unclear.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to Jennings.
The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATED 11/22/14 @ 3:30 pm: Two of the three people killed in the traffic collision have been identified – 12-year-old Everardo Simental Jr. of Palmdale and 19-year-old Christopher McGlory of Lancaster. Both died at the scene of the collision. The third victim, a Hispanic female, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.