A passenger was ejected and killed when a car careened off the road and overturned in a dirt field Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The driver, 26-year-old Desiray Tona of Lancaster, was arrested in connection with the crash, which occurred around 1:10 p.m. on Avenue A, just west of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Tona was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang westbound on Avenue A, at about 65 miles per hour, when she “allowed her vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder,” the CHP report states.
“The driver subsequently lost control of her vehicle… she traversed across the oncoming traffic lane before traveling out of control into a dirt field located along the south roadway edge,” the CHP report states.
“During the overturn sequence, the right front passenger was ejected and the involved vehicle came to rest on the passenger,” the CHP report states.
The passenger, a 28-year-old Palmdale man, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP report. His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification, coroner’s officials said Thursday night. The driver sustained minor injuries in the crash, according to the CHP report.
“Upon further investigation, the driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI and was booked into the Lancaster jail for vehicular manslaughter and DUI,” the CHP report states.
Desiray Tona remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records.
UPDATED 11.22.15: The deceased has been identified as Casey Shawn Eutsler, 28, of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.