PALMDALE — A passenger in a mortuary delivery service van was killed and the driver critically injured, in a two-vehicle crash at Palmdale Boulevard and Sierra Highway, that left the other driver critically injured.
According to traffic investigators conducting a preliminary investigation, the van was traveling southbound on Sierra Highway about 11:48 p.m., Monday, when a Kia traveling eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard at a high rate of speed, ran a red light and slammed into it, causing it to flip onto the passenger side.
A light pole was struck and the Kia ran over a fire hydrant. The Kia stopped when it hit a brick restraining wall.
Marvin Bray, 59, of Palmdale, the passenger in the van, died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported.
The van was carrying a deceased person. A second van was called to pick up the body.
The driver of the van, a 19-year-old male whose name was not released, and the 23-year-old male Kia driver — whose name was also not released — were transported in critical condition to the Antelope Valley Hospital, according to Sgt. Tucker of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The investigation is continuing. It is too early to say what charges the Kia driver might face.
“He’s in critical condition right now and might not make it,” Tucker said.
Deputies are still investigating whether alcohol was a contributing factor to the collision. They are also still investigating whether any of the parties were wearing their seatbelts.