LANCASTER – A Southern California Edison worker was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday in Lancaster, authorities said.
The fatality occurred about 11:55 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at 20th Street East and Avenue K, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Rhea of the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
The worker, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle that struck him was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The worker was an Antelope Valley-based “troubleman,” or first-responder, and was working on the ground near an Edison pole when he was struck, according to utility spokeswoman Susan Cox.
“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends,” Cox said.
The collision actually occurred on Avenue K west of 20th Street East, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed the Southern California Edison [worker] was working on a power box when a black BMW 740 left the roadway while traveling west on Avenue K. Avenue K is a three-lane road for westbound traffic with a posted speed limit of 50mph at the collision scene,” the sheriff’s news release states.
“According to witnesses, the BMW [driver] was driving at an unknown high speed when the collision occurred… [and] had to be rescued from the vehicle by the Los Angeles County Fire Department,” the news release states.
The BMW driver, a male, was in critical condition as of 4 p.m., sheriff’s officials said in the news release.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact traffic investigators at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.
UPDATED 10.2.16: The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Gerald Smith of Quartz Hill, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.