PALMDALE – A man in his 20s died at a hospital Thursday night from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash in Palmdale that authorities said may have been the result of street racing.
Deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Rayburn Road and Tierra Subida Avenue around 11 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and found a 2004 Honda Civic that had collided with a light pole, according to Detective Eduardo Saucedo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses told investigators a champagne-colored Mercedes traveling northbound on Tierra Subida Avenue made a right turn onto eastbound Rayburn Road at a high rate of speed and seconds later the driver of the Honda attempted the same turn, but slammed into a light pole, Saucedo said.
The Honda driver was taken to a hospital in serious condition, and he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m., Saucedo said. His name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, but he was a 26-year-old man from Palmdale, officials said.
The two vehicles may have been racing prior to the crash, Saucedo said.
A further description of the Mercedes was not released.
The name of the victim was not disclosed.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as Zachary Matheson, 26, of Palmdale, according to coroner’s Lt. Nani Cholakians.