SAUGUS – A 16-year-old teen from Palmdale was killed Saturday when the vehicle he was riding in spun into a tree on Bouquet Canyon Road, authorities said.
Christopher James Rodriguez was the passenger in a 1990 Mazda Miata that crashed around 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on Bouquet Canyon Road approximately 2 miles south of Spunky Canyon Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The Miata’s driver, 22-year-old Nicholas Rodriguez of Palmdale, was speeding southbound on Bouquet Canyon Road when he lost control of the vehicle, the CHP report states.
“The vehicle spun in a rotational manner and the right side of the Miata struck a tree bordering the roadway. As a result of the collision, the right front passenger sustained fatal injuries while on scene,” the CHP report states. “Los Angeles County Fire Department pronounced the passenger deceased at approximately 5:25 p.m.”
The driver sustained major injuries and is in critical condition at Antelope Valley Hospital.
The southbound lane of Bouquet Canyon Road was closed for approximately four hours following the collision, according to the CHP.
“The investigation regarding the collision is ongoing, however speed is a factor for the collision,” the CHP report states.
UPDATE: Loved ones have created an online fundraiser to help support the Rodriguez family. To donate to this effort,visit http://www.gofundme.com/j22kcmmw.