LANCASTER – A BMW driver died late Thursday night after he allegedly ran a red light, collided with another car and then crashed into a traffic pole, authorities said.
Johnny Zepeda, 28, of Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, according to Lt. Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Officer.
The fatal collision occurred around 11:50 p.m. Thursday, March 31, on Avenue I at 30th Street East in Lancaster, Sgt. David Jennings said at the scene.
According to a Lancaster Sheriff’s Station news release, “The driver of a 2001 BMW was traveling east on Avenue I at a high rate of speed and entered the intersection at 30th Street East against what witnesses said was a red light. The driver of a 2002 VW was traveling south on 30th Street East and entered the intersection at Avenue I on a green light. The two vehicles collided in the intersection, causing the BMW to strike a traffic pole.”
The BMW’s driver [Zepeda] was killed upon impact, investigators said. “The deceased driver was, according to witnesses, going somewhere between 80 and 100 miles per hour eastbound on Avenue I prior to the collision,” Jennings said at the scene.
The driver of the VW and her passenger were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station news release.
“It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor,” the news release states. “Any witnesses not already contacted are encouraged to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Office [at 661-948-8466].”
Editor’s note: The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station news release attached to this article has an incorrect date. The fatal traffic collision actually occurred on March 31, not March 28.