PALMDALE – A 39-year-old man was killed Wednesday night after his vehicle stalled on the 14 Freeway in Palmdale and was rear-ended by an SUV, authorities said.
Dajuan Thompson of Pacoima was killed in the collision, which happened around 10:11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near the West Palmdale Boulevard exit, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“Mr. Thompson was driving a 1998 Honda Civic and for unknown reasons became disabled in the No. 2 lane of [the] northbound SR-14 Freeway, south of Palmdale Boulevard,” the CHP report states.
“The front of [a] Ford Expedition collided into the rear of the stopped Honda Civic, resulting in fatal injuries to Mr. Thompson,” the CHP report states.
The driver of the 2001 Ford Expedition, 32-year-old Frederick Garbutt of Mojave, was transported from the scene by emergency medical personnel for minor injuries, according to the CHP report.
The northbound 14 Freeway, south of Palmdale Boulevard, was closed for approximately four hours due to the collision.
“At this time, intoxication does not appear to be a factor,” the CHP report states.
The incident remains under investigation.
UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol is seeking witnesses to this collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or observed the Honda Civic prior to the collision is urged to contact the CHP-Antelope Valley office at 661-948-8541.