LANCASTER – A passenger killed in a single-vehicle crash in Lancaster late Saturday afternoon has been identified.
He was 27-year-old Leonel Tovar Melgar of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The fatal traffic collision happened around 4:46 p.m. Saturday, June 5, e near the intersection of Avenue K and 17th Street East, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a male adult in a Honda was traveling eastbound on Avenue K and reportedly lost control of his vehicle near 17th Street East. The Honda crossed over the raised center median and entered into opposing westbound lanes of travel on Avenue K,” the news release states.
The driver, whose name was not released, transported to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear.
Melgar, the front passenger in the Honda, was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics.
“The cause of the collision is still being investigated. The speed of this collision is still under investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs played a role,” the sheriff’s news release states.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the traffic investigators at Lancaster Sheriff Station at 661-948-8466.
7 comments for "Passenger killed in single-vehicle Lancaster crash ID’d"
The driver in the white Honda was cut off by a dark SUV turning left on 17TH ST EAST and AVE K resulting in the crash. There were no oncoming vehicles heading westbound
This article says a single car crash. Then says the driver lost control and veered into oncoming lanes. It says there was a collision. If it was a single car crash, what did the car collide with? Did they roll? Hit a wall? A pole? What happened?
Love conquers everything says
Unfortunately this fatal accident occurred behind my back yard, and it was a tragic scene to witness. The Honda collided head on to a light post, and the light post was knocked down by the impact. The Honda also collided with a tree on its side.
To the Melgar family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. I think about Leonal everyday, and I always tell God to grant him external peace, rest, and happiness.
Sober and distracted!!!
The driver was sober and was cut off by another driver turning left on 17th st east and Ave K. Both vehicles swerved in a serpent motion to avoid hitting each other. The driver in the white Honda lost control and went over the center median resulting in the crash. The other driver was in a dark suv and left the scene.
Traffic Control says
@Traffic Control…You do realize that the majority of all car accidents involve sober drivers?