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.