PALMDALE – A driver and his passenger died and another driver sustained injuries in a broadside collision in Palmdale Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The two-vehicle crash happened around 5:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, on Avenue R at Lasker Avenue, according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
A Palmdale man was driving a Toyota Camry westbound on Avenue R when he initiated a U-turn in front of a Buick, according to the news release.
“The Buick broadsided the Toyota Camry on the driver’s side of the vehicle,” the news release states. “The driver and the passenger in the Toyota Camry were pronounced dead at the scene by [the] Los Angeles County Fire Department.”
They were identified as 19-year-old Cruz Flores and 16-year-old Jesus Flores, both of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The Buick’s driver, a 23-year-old Palmdale man, was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with a broken femur, according to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station news release.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the collision.
Avenue R, between 15th and 17th Street East, was closed for about five hours to allow for the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this traffic collision is encouraged to call Palmdale Station’s Traffic Department at 661-272-2400.
Editor’s note: The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station news release states that the deceased driver was 23 and his passenger was 17. This is incorrect, according to the coroner’s office, which gave the ages as 19 and 16.