LANCASTER – A driver and his passenger died Thursday after the vehicle they were riding in was broadsided in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said.
The fatal two-vehicle collision happened around 3 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the intersection of East Avenue J and 50th Street East, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
A female driver “was traveling northbound on 50th Street East in a 2006 Honda Civic when, according to witnesses, she ran the stop sign at Avenue J,” the news release states.
The Civic struck a 1999 Toyota Corolla that was traveling eastbound on Avenue J and “had just proceeded into the intersection from the stop sign at 50th Street East,” according to the news release.
The Corolla careened into the desert, and its driver and male passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their identities have not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
The Civic’s driver and her two passengers received minor injuries, the news release states. The driver declined treatment, but her passengers were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for further treatment, according to the news release.
“Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in this collision. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance with any additional information regarding this collision,” the news release states.
Anyone with information should contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.
UPDATED 4.2.16: The coroner’s office has identified one of the two men killed in the traffic collision. Lancaster resident Rafael Dimas, 67, was one of the two men killed in the crash, according to Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATED 4.7.16: The second of the two men killed has been identified as Juan Gonzalez-Chavez, 68, of Littlerock, according to the coroner’s office. Dimas was the driver, and Gonzalez-Chavez was the passenger, authorities said.