Last Saturday – December 14, 2013 – a squad car with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department collided with an SUV in Palmdale, leaving two dead and two others injured. Since the car accident took place, investigators have been attempting to determine the cause and whether the collision could have been prevented.
According to officials from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the incident began around sunset Saturday afternoon – approximately 4:30 p.m. – when a 1994 Ford Explorer stopped at a sign on 17th Street East and pulled north onto Avenue R. A Crown Victoria patrol car traveling east on Avenue R collided with the northbound SUV.
As a result of the accident, a 20-year-old Van Nuys woman and her 31-year-old boyfriend were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV and another passenger suffered minor injuries. The 36-year-old sheriff's deputy was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
According to witnesses, investigators, and the CHP, the patrol car did not have emergency lights or sirens operating prior to the crash. The CHP stated that deputies use discretion when using lights or sirens, often depending on the nature of the call or emergency. Local residents have also complained of speeding by sheriff's squad car.
Although the investigation is ongoing, it highlights to need for all motorists – including those employed by the government – to take reasonable measures to reduce risks of preventable accidents. Had the deputy turned on emergency lights or sirens, this accident may have been prevented.
At Accident Attorneys, our team of Antelope Valley car accident attorneys have years of experience fighting on behalf of victims injured in car accidents. For more information about your car accident, potential claim, and how our firm can help, call (661) 268-6275 for a free case evaluation. We represent victims and families throughout Lancaster, Palmdale, and the surrounding communities of the Antelope Valley.