LAKE LOS ANGELES — A 28-year-old woman died at the hospital hours after she was hit by an SUV while changing a flat tire on the side of the road, authorities said.
Julia Carmen Nores was pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Antelope Valley Hospital, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Nores was hit by a passing vehicle around 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, on 240th Street East, south of Avenue O, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
At the time of the collision, Nores and 22-year-old Saul Castellanos of Palmdale were on the side of the road next to a 2001 Chevy Blazer, which was towing a utility trailer, according to the CHP report.
The Chevy Blazer was facing northbound on the north shoulder of 240th Street East, while a 2001 Nissan Frontier was parked on the north shoulder facing southbound with its headlights on, the CHP report states.
Nores and Castellanos were struck by a northbound 1999 GMC Suburban, driven by 47-year-old Eureka D. Talbert of Lancaster, according to the CHP report.
“[Talbert] swerved to the right to avoid what she perceived to be a vehicle traveling towards her in her lane. The GMC Suburban went to the right along the side of the stopped vehicles and struck Nores and Castellanos,” the CHP report states.
Talbert and two girls in her vehicle — ages 7 and 9 — were not injured in the traffic collision, according to the CHP report.
Nores and Castellanos sustained major injuries and were transported by ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital, where Nores was later pronounced dead.
An update on Castellanos’ condition was not immediately available.
Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the traffic collision, which remains under investigation, according to the CHP report.