LANCASTER – A woman and her unborn child died at the hospital Monday night after a suspected drunk driver pursued by sheriff’s deputies in Lancaster crashed a pickup truck into her car and ran off, authorities said
The crash happened around 9:44 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, on Avenue J-8 and 10th Street West, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
According to the LASD news release: “Preliminary investigation indicates deputies had just initiated a pursuit of a reckless drunk driver in a gray, Ram 1500 pickup, in the area of Avenue K and 12th Street West. The suspect vehicle was able to gain a considerable distance from the deputies while it traveled eastbound on Avenue J-8 towards 10th Street West. The Ram pickup failed to stop for the red traffic signal as it entered the intersection of 10th Street West and collided with a red Dodge Avenger. The driver of the Ram pickup fled on foot before deputies arrived at the collision scene.”
The pregnant driver of the red Dodge Avenger was “transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where she and her unborn child ultimately succumbed to their injuries,” the sheriff’s news release states. Her identity has not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
Deputies are following up on information found in the pickup truck in hopes of locating the suspect, according to Lt. Clinton Skaggs of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Traffic Investigators at Lancaster Sheriff Station by calling 661-948-8466.