Head-on col­li­sion leaves one dead


PALM­DALE — One per­son was killed and two oth­ers crit­i­cally in­jured in a head-on col­li­sion Mon­day morn­ing.

Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment paramedics were sent to the scene at about 9:35 a.m. at 50th Street East and Av­enue N in Palm­dale.

One per­son was de­clared dead at the scene of the col­li­sion; no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion was avail­able at presstime Mon­day.

Two oth­ers were taken to an area hos­pi­tal with crit­i­cal in­juries.

A stretch of 50th Street East has been deadly, with two fa­tal col­li­sions oc­cur­ring near the in­ter­sec­tion with Palm­dale Boule­vard days apart in Novem­ber.

Desiree Lu­mas of Lan­caster, 54, was killed in a three-ve­hi­cle crash there on Nov. 14, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner’s of­fice.

That col­li­sion oc­curred at about 9 a.m., on 50th Street East, North of Palm­dale Boule­vard, when a 1999 Honda Ac­cord trav­el­ing North on 50th Street East crossed the cen­ter line and clipped a trailer be­ing towed by a 2004 Chevy Sil­ver­ado, Deputy

Ron­ald Sneed of the Palm­dale Sher­iff ’s Sta­tion said.

The Ac­cord, driven by Lu­mas, con­tin­ued for about 80 feet in the South­bound lane, be­fore col­lid­ing head-on with an An­te­lope Val­ley Tran­sit Au­thor­ity bus that was not car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers at the time.

The bus driver and the driver of the Sil­ver­ado sus­tained mi­nor in­juries, he said.

The driv­ers were the sole oc­cu­pants of all three ve­hi­cles in­volved in the col­li­sion.

On Nov. 16, a sec­ond col­li­sion in the same area left one per­son dead and an­other in­jured.

That col­li­sion in­volved a 1998 Toy­ota Camry and a 2017 Dodge Chal­lenger.

It oc­curred about 1:25 a.m., the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’s In­for­ma­tion Bureau said.

The Camry was North­bound on 50th Street East, when it veered into the South­bound lanes and into the path of a 2017 Dodge Chal­lenger.

Andy Her­nan­dez, 26, died at the scene of the col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner’s of­fice.

Her­nan­dez, whose home­town was not known, was rid­ing in the Camry.

Paramedics rushed an­other per­son to an area hos­pi­tal and that per­son’s con­di­tion was not im­me­di­ately known.

In Novem­ber 2018, a head-on col­li­sion on 50th Street East, North of Av­enue P killed Lan­caster res­i­dent Jes­sica Or­daz, 29.

En­ter­prise Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Mary Kruppe, 37, of Pear­blos­som, has been charged with mur­der for the al­co­hol-re­lated crash.

Kruppe was South­bound on 50th Street East at nearly 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018, when she drove into the North­bound lanes and col­lided head-on with a ve­hi­cle driven by Or­daz, killing her.

Kruppe is be­ing held in lieu of $2 mil­lion bail.

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