Authorities have identified the girl who died Saturday when the off-road vehicle she was riding in overturned after colliding with a car in the Antelope Valley area.
She was 14-year-old Daisy Cruz Torres of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The fatal collision happened around 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, near 165th Street East and Avenue V, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Torres was a passenger in a 2021 Polaris RZR that was traveling westbound on an unincorporated dirt road, east of 165th Street East, when the Polaris collided with a 2016 Honda Civic that was traveling northbound on 165th Street East, according to the CHP report.
“For reasons still under investigation, a broad side crash occurred which caused [the Polaris] to overturn,” the CHP report states.
Torres sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Polaris — 23-year-old Carlos Cruz Torres of Palmdale — sustained major injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Two other passengers in the Polaris — 20-year-old Christa Smith and a 17-year-old girl, both from Palmdale — also sustained major injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. The Honda Civic’s driver, 31-year-old Percy Noe Jr. Yancor of California City, sustained moderate injuries in the crash but “refused to seek medical transport from the scene,” according to the CHP report.
“The cause of this collision is still under investigation. The use of alcohol and/or drugs is not suspected to have been a factor in this collision,” the CHP report states.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact Officer J. Gonzalez, ID 22679, at the Antelope Valley Area CHP office at 661-948-8541.