LANCASTER – A 23-year-old driver was killed and his female passenger was seriously hurt early Friday morning when their SUV rolled and slammed into a freeway guardrail in Lancaster and they were both ejected onto the roadway, authorities said.
The crash took place about 12:15 a.m. Friday, April 15, on the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, north of Avenue K, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
A 23-year-old Palmdale man was driving a 1999 Chevy Blazer southbound on SR-14 at an unknown speed when he “lost control of the Chevy Blazer, rolled, collided with the center median guardrail and both the driver and passenger were ejected,” the CHP report states.
Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts, according to the report.
CHP officers tried to revive the driver at the scene using CPR, but he died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending notification of kin.
A 29-year-old Palmdale woman who was the passenger in the Blazer was treated at the scene and then hospitalized with major injuries, according to the CHP.
The traffic collision is still under investigation.
UPDATE: The deceased driver has been identified as 23-year-old Abel Salazar of Palmdale, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.