AGUA DULCE – A 22-year-old motorist was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday evening in Agua Dulce, authorities said.
The crash occurred around 6:25 p.m. Monday, June 13, on Ward Road west of Sierra Highway, according to a California Highway Patrol report. It involved a 1997 Toyota driven by a 22-year-old Palmdale man and a 2016 Ford with a loaded trailer driven by a 52-year-old Acton man, the CHP report states.
The Toyota driver was heading westbound on Ward Road in the No. 2 lane, while the Ford was following at an unknown distance. As the Toyota driver passed Sierra Highway, he slowed and began to steer toward the right curb as if he was going to stop, according to the CHP report.
The Ford driver, seeing that the Toyota was pulling to the right and slowing, changed to the No. 1 lane and accelerated to about 40 mph as it began to pass the Toyota, the CHP report states.
For unknown reasons, the Toyota driver suddenly accelerated from the right curb and turned left across the No. 2 lane and directly into the path of the Ford in the No. 1 lane, according to the CHP.
The motorist in the Ford applied the brakes, but still struck the left side doors of the Toyota, causing the Toyota to move across two eastbound lanes of Sierra Highway.
The Toyota driver was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Tuesday afternoon. He was the lone occupant in his vehicle.
The Ford driver — 52-year-old Eric Sommer of Acton — was uninjured, according to the CHP report.
It was not immediately known if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Hugo Veliz Calero of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.