LANCASTER – An elderly driver was critically injured and his wife killed in a single-car crash in Lancaster late Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, on Avenue M near 30th Street West.
The husband and wife, both in their 80s, were in a Ford Fusion speeding westbound on Avenue M when the vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic near the 30th Street West intersection, according to Detective Michael Politano of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
While on the wrong side of the road, the vehicle jumped a curb and hit a concrete pole, Politano said.
“It did flip in some manner and then hit a secondary pole,” the detective added.
The driver was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital in critical condition and his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Politano. Their names were not released Wednesday night.
“Alcohol is not suspected as a cause in the crash or a factor at this point,” Politano said. “We’re still going to have to investigate that as to why he was going at such a high rate of speed… either he had a medical problem or there was an issue with the car, and I’m leaning more toward medical issue – it’s a pretty new car.”
Investigators will be downloading the car’s event data recorder (black box) “to understand more about the dynamics of the collision and how it happened,” Politano said.
UPDATE: The woman killed in the crash has been identified as 90-year-old Marie Louise Saldubehere of Lancaster, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.