LANCASTER — A 68-year-old man died after he and his companion were hit by a car while crossing the street in Lancaster Thursday morning, authorities said.
Rafael Gomez Carranza of Lancaster was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital about an hour after the collision, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
His companion, a 61-year-old female whose name was not released, “received injuries not considered life threatening,” Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station stated in a news release.
Both were struck around 6:20 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, on 40th Street West at Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to Jennings.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates the driver of a 2005 Nissan Maxima was travelling north on 40th Street West. He came to a stop at Avenue J-8 then continued north into the intersection,” Jennings stated.
“Two pedestrians were walking west on the north side of Avenue J-8. They entered the crosswalk at about the same time the Maxima entered the intersection. The Maxima struck both pedestrians in the crosswalk,” Jennings stated.
The Maxima’s male driver, whose name was not released, remained at the scene. He was not arrested or cited in connection with the collision, according to Jennings.
“Alcohol, drugs, nor speed appear to be a factor,” Jennings stated.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.