NEWHALL – Two Lancaster residents died Wednesday after their vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a utility truck, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, on Soledad Canyon Road south of Capra Road in the Newhall area, according to a California Highway Patrol report. [View an image of the collision here.]
The driver, identified by coroner’s officials as 27-year-old Ellsworth Jerome Young, was in a 2004 Honda Element headed southbound on Soledad Canyon Road.
“Young was unable to negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway, [he was] traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed over the double yellow lines into oncoming northbound lanes directly into the path of vehicle #2. The vehicles collided head-on completely into the northbound lanes,” the CHP report states.
Young sustained fatal injuries from the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP report.
His female passenger, a 19-year-old Lancaster resident, sustained major injuries and was trapped inside the vehicle, the CHP report states. She was treated on scene, extricated from the vehicle by L. A. County Fire Department personnel and transported via helicopter to the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where she later died of her injuries, according to the CHP report. The passenger was reportedly identified as Ashley Glick. “Neither the driver or passenger were seat belted,” the CHP report states.
The utility truck’s driver, 22-year-old Juan Cabrera of Sylmar, and his four passengers “were all seat belted within vehicle #2 and sustained no injuries,” the CHP report states.
Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be factors in the collision, according to the CHP report.
The incident remains under investigation.
Editor’s note: The CHP report lists Ellsworth Young as a Lancaster resident, however, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Young’s last address was in Washington.
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