LANCASTER – Two women and a toddler were killed Sunday night in a collision between an SUV and a car just outside Lancaster, authorities said.
The crash was reported around 9:19 p.m. Sunday, June 19, on Avenue D (SR138 West), just west of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.
A black 2016 Ford Escape was traveling westbound on Avenue D and a white 2013 Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Avenue D, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“The driver of the black Ford Escape made a left turn directly into the path of the white Honda Accord resulting in a broadside traffic collision,” the CHP report states.
The driver of the Honda Accord, 61-year-old Cheryl A. Harris of Lancaster, sustained major injuries in the collision and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the CHP report.
The Ford Escape’s driver, 37-year-old Eric D. Johnson of Palmdale, was ejected from the vehicle and was hospitalized with major injuries, the CHP report states.
A 36-year-old woman from Chandler, Arizona, and a 37-year-old woman from Carson were passengers in the Ford Escape and died at the scene, according to the CHP. Their names have not yet been released because next of kin has not been notified.
A 1-2-year-old girl in the Ford Escape was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the CHP report states.
The Ford Escape’s driver (Eric Johnson) was placed under arrest following the crash, according to the CHP report. The reason wasn’t spelled out.
“Additional circumstances regarding this traffic collision are still under investigation,” the CHP report states.
UPDATED 6/21/16: The deceased have been identified as 36-year-old Maisha Garrett of Paramount, 37-year-old Michelle Maxie of Chandler, Arizona, and Anaya Clayton, a 2-year-old girl from Arizona, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The Ford Escape’s driver, Eric D. Johnson of Palmdale, was arrested for felony DUI, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez.