Mother and son among four killed in fiery crash

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

While coro­ner in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied three of four peo­ple killed in a fiery fa­tal crash that hap­pened a month ago, they are still try­ing to con­firm the iden­tity of a man who died in the traf­fic col­li­sion.

Those killed in the crash in­clude a mother and her 12-year-old son.

Lil­lian Speed, 41, of Lan­caster, was iden­ti­fied as the only fe­male who died in the crash. She died of “com­bined ef­fects of mul­ti­ple trau­matic in­juries,” Ly­dia GranadoMata, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the Los An­ge­les County Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner-Coro­ner, said Wed­nes­day.

Speed’s son, Rayshawn Cole­man, died of mul­ti­ple blunt force in­juries, Granado-Mata said.

A man iden­ti­fied as Marice Cole­man, 39, of Lan­caster, also died in the crash of mul­ti­ple blunt force in­juries.

The iden­tity of the fourth vic­tim, de­scribed as John Doe 302, has yet to be de­ter­mined.

“Ex­ces­sive speed, al­co­hol and/ or drugs may be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor for the cause of this col­li­sion,” Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol Of­fi­cer J. Ni­chols, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash, wrote in his re­port on it.

A cou­ple of min­utes be­fore 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, a black van was trav­el­ing north­bound on In­ter­state 5, north of Wel­don Canyon Road, at a high rate of speed, he wrote in his re­port.

A white big rig Freight­liner truck with an at­tached trailer was stopped on the right shoul­der of the north­bound lanes of the in­ter­state, north of Wel­don Canyon Road, ahead of the van, a black Dodge Car­a­van.

The driver of the Car­a­van drove into the back of the stopped big rig.

As a re­sult of this col­li­sion, the van driver suc­cumbed to his in­juries, as did three pas­sen­gers in the van, Ni­chols said in his re­port.

Sig­nal file photo

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Los An­ge­les County Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner-Coro­ner are try­ing to iden­tify a man who died in a traf­fic col­li­sion in Novem­ber. Three of the four in­volved in the col­li­sion have been iden­ti­fied.

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