25 Dec

Sedan’s driver, 18, killed as SUV jumps the median

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The SUV hit the BMW broadside on its driver’s side, then flipped over, witnesses said. The death was the 79th on Antelope Valley roads and highways so far this year, making this the second-deadliest ever with almost three weeks still to go. The record for traffic fatalities was 87, set in 2003. Seventy-four people died in 2004. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] PALMDALE – A Lancaster teenager was fatally injured when an SUV whose driver was distracted by his toddler son jumped a Sierra Highway median, ran a red light and hit the teen’s sports sedan, authorities said. Eighteen-year-old Miguel Montoya died at a hospital about five hours after the 8:10 p.m. Saturday crash, officials said. Twenty-one-year-old Issac Vides of Palmdale and his 2-year-old son were flown by helicopter to UCLA Medical Center but neither was believed to be seriously injured, sheriff’s deputies said. Montoya’s passenger, 24-year-old Ismael Esparza, also went to a hospital but was not believed to be seriously injured, deputies said. Deputies said Vides’ 2002 Nissan Xterra had been driving north on Sierra Highway when Vides turned around to look at his son in the back seat. As he turned around, the SUV veered across the raised median and into the southbound lanes, then into Avenue M against the red light. The SUV hit Montoya’s 1999 BMW as the car was making a left turn on a green arrow from westbound Avenue M, deputies said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more