LANCASTER – A female driver was killed Monday morning when her vehicle was broadsided by a pickup truck in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 6:55 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, in the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue I, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The woman was driving a 2012 Honda Civic westbound on Avenue I in the No. 1 lane, at an unknown speed, when she was broadsided by a 2000 Dodge Dakota truck that was traveling northbound on Sierra Highway in the No. 2 at approximately 55 miles per hour, Jennings said.
“Both parties entered the intersection simultaneously,” Jennings said.
The truck’s driver “said he had the green light for his direction of travel. A witness at the scene was stopped eastbound Avenue I for a red light, however, there was no witness to the westbound light cycle,” Jennings stated in a news release.
Both parties were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where the female driver was pronounced dead. Her name has not yet been released, but she is a 33-year-old Lancaster resident, coroner’s officials said Tuesday morning.
The pickup truck’s driver “received minor, non-life-threatening injuries,” Jennings said.
Anyone with information on this collision is encouraged to contact traffic investigators at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 33-year-old Heather M. Martinez of Lancaster, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Martinez was a manager for Del Taco and she was on her way to work at the time of the collision, according to loved ones who created an online fundraiser.
“She leaves behind two children who will miss her very much. We are asking for help in paying for her funeral costs. Anything will help out this family in need,” the fundraising page reads.
To donate to this effort, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/tf3n4678