LANCASTER – A woman died early Wednesday morning after stealing a Southern California Edison truck in Lancaster and then crashing the vehicle about a quarter-mile away, authorities said.
The truck theft took place at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, near the intersection of Avenue J and 5th Street East, according to Sergeant David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff Station.
“There was an Edison crew working at J and 5th Street East and they had a utility truck west of the intersection that had a directional trailer warning oncoming traffic to move over,” Jennings said.
“A woman approached… and drove off in that truck at a high rate of speed,” Jennings added.
The woman drove the stolen Ford F450 truck eastbound on Avenue J, and seconds later, the truck ran off the road near Andale Avenue, according to Jennings.
The truck crashed into a power pole and then careened into a tree, Jennings said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The unidentified woman is believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Wednesday afternoon.
No other injuries were reported in connection with the incident.