UPDATE Monday, June 24:
The deceased victim was Manard Giles, 77, of Quartz Hill. He was a longtime Southland pastor.
UPDATE Saturday, June 22:
Vehicle 1 (wrong-way driver):
2006 Toyota Tundra
Bradford E. Pate, 38, Burbank.
Arrested for DUI causing injury.
Major injuries, Henry Mayo.
Vehicle 2 (fatality):
2006 Chrysler 300
Deceased (driver): Black male, 60. Name and address withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Passenger 1: Lennard A. Wilds, 47, Lancaster.
Critical injuries, Henry Mayo.
Passenger 2: Unidentified female.
Major injuries, Holy Cross.
Vehicle 3 (rideshare van):
2013 Ford Econoline
Efren Arrieta, 27, Lancaster.
Patrick W. Glesby, 42, Quartz Hill. Cut to left arm.
(Driver) Juan M. Zamora, 43, Lancaster.
David G. Moreno, 47, Palmdale.
Jose Nario, 22, Palmdale.
Javier Cobio, 41, Palmdale.
Javier Arrieta, 25, Lancaster.
Alfonso Ramirez, 40, Palmdale.
Another intoxicated wrong-way driver wreaked havoc on the 14 Freeway in the Acton-Agua Dulce area overnight – and this time, somebody died.
Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol said a man in a black pickup truck entered the freeway north of Escondido Canyon Road at about 3:25 a.m. Saturday, traveling south in northbound lanes. Just south of Escondido, he collided with an oncoming vehicle, which swerved and struck a rideshare van.
The offending driver’s truck flipped over. The driver sustained major injures and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia.
The driver of the second vehicle was killed. He was identified only as a black male, age 60.
One passenger in the deceased man’s vehicle was listed in critical condition and was airlifted to Henry Mayo. Another passenger sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills.
The rideshare van that was transporting passengers to an aerospace work site in Palmdale, Jacobs said.
Two of the people in the van sustained minor injuries.
The offending driver was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
Traffic was tied up until 7:30 a.m.
The crash comes less than a week after another wrong-way driver, believed to be on drugs, caused a mutli-car pileup that left three people with life-threatening injuries.
More information to follow.