PALMDALE – Two men and a woman were killed Wednesday night when the motorcycles they were on collided in Palmdale.
The crash, which also involved a Toyota SUV, happened around 10:17 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, on 10th Street West near the intersection of Avenue N-8, authorities said.
The two men were riding motorcycles northbound on 10th Street West, and one of them was carrying a female passenger, according to Deputy Matthew Davis of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
Both motorcycles were behind a Toyota FJ Cruiser that was also northbound on 10th Street West, Davis added.
“One of the motorcyclists lost control and hit the SUV, and then after hitting the SUV, collided with the other motorcycle – putting both motorcycles in disarray,” Davis said.
“One motorcycle tumbled off to the side of the road… The other motorcycle [carrying the female passenger] slid a great distance,” Davis said.
Lancaster residents Zachary Elijah Swensen, 21, and London Chae Ortiz-Stodgell, 20, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Both were on the same motorcycle, Winter said.
The other motorcyclist, 32-year-old Rosamond resident Michael James Cole, was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Winter said.
“All three occupants of the Toyota SUV suffered no injuries,” said Lieutenant Brian Dunn of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. “Alcohol was not a factor with the driver of the Toyota SUV.”
The incident remains under investigation and no further information was available Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE: Online fundraisers have been established to cover funeral expenses for the three crash victims. To support the online fundraiser for London and Zachary, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/veb4gard. For Michael Cole, visit https://www.gofundme.com/u9b5zhck.