PALMDALE – A 25-year-old Lancaster man died Monday morning after he was ejected from his overturning car and then hit by two vehicles on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said.
It happened around 5:27 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, on northbound SR-14, north of Avenue O, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The man, whose name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, was driving northbound in a 2004 Honda “at a high rate of speed in the center divider,” the CHP report states, citing witness statements.
He lost control of the Honda, and the vehicle “crossed all northbound lanes, traveled along the embankment and overturned numerous times,” the CHP report states.
The Honda’s driver was ejected onto the northbound No. 3 lane, where he struck and dragged by “an unknown truck-tractor/trailer combination,” according to the CHP report.
The Honda’s driver “came to rest several feet north,” then he was struck again, this time by a 2002 Ford, the CHP report states.
The Ford’s driver, 38-year-old Aaron Reyes of Palmdale, remained at the scene, according to the CHP.
Anyone with information regarding the big-rig’s driver or anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to contact the Antelope Valley CHP Office at 661-948-8541.
UPDATE: The deceased driver has been identified as Luis Antonio Morones Padilla, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATE: Loved ones have established an online fundraiser to cover memorial expenses. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/7mdt9c4k.