PALMDALE – A motorcyclist died at the hospital after a traffic collision in Palmdale Friday evening and the other driver was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, authorities said.
The collision occurred around 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the intersection of Avenue P and 15th Street East, according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The motorcyclist, a 23-year-old Lancaster man, was traveling east on Avenue P when he collided with a Kia SUV that pulled out in front of him from 15th Street East, the news release states.
The motorcyclist was treated by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics and then transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
“The male driver of the SUV was located a short distance away and arrested by Palmdale Station deputies for hit-and-run,” the news release states.
The driver’s name was not immediately released. He was identified only as a 54-year-old man from Palmdale.
Avenue P, from 10th to 20th Street East, was shut down until about 2 a.m. Saturday to allow for the investigation.
Anyone with information on this fatal collision is encouraged to call Palmdale Station’s Traffic Department at 661-272-2400.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as Austin Morales, according to court records.