LANCASTER – A female passenger was killed and two drivers sustained significant injuries early Saturday morning when two vehicles collided in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on Avenue I at Division Street, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates the driver of a black, 2016 Subaru Crosstrek was traveling north on Division Street approaching Avenue I. The driver of a 2011 Toyota Highlander was traveling west on Avenue I approaching Division Street,” the news release states.
“The Toyota driver entered the intersection on a green light, and the Subaru driver entered against a red light,” the news release states.
The cars crashed in the intersection and came to rest in the parking lot of a restaurant on the northwest corner of Avenue I and Division Street. A female passenger in the Toyota was killed upon impact, according to the news release. She was identified 88-year-old Helen Gasca Meza of Lancaster, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Monday.
Both drivers sustained significant injuries but are expected to survive, according to the news release.
“During the investigation, it was determined the driver of the Subaru was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. When medically cleared, he will be booked for gross vehicular manslaughter,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The Subaru driver’s name was being withheld pending formal booking, sheriff’s officials said.