LENWOOD, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a contributing factor in a collision that claimed the life of an 18-year-old teen girl from Apple Valley, California Highway Patrol officials said.
It happened at 11:15 pm on November 4, 2019, on the northbound I-freeway, south of Lenwood Road.
For reasons still under investigation, the female driver allowed her 2001 Pontiac Bonneville to drift towards the right shoulder, officials said.
According to a CHP news release, “the Pontiac crossed the concrete right shoulder and entered the open desert terrain. The driver then turned left, in an attempt to re-enter the roadway. Due to this unsafe turn, the Pontiac drifted in a counter-clockwise motion and the right side of the Pontiac collided with a section of metal guardrail on the right shoulder.”
After colliding with the guardrail, the Pontiac continued in a northwesterly direction and entered the #2 lane of northbound traffic.
“Upon entering the #2 lane of traffic, a 2017 Freightliner was unable to take evasive action and collided with the Pontiac. After the second collision, the Pontiac came to rest in the open desert terrain, east of northbound I-15, south of Lenwood Road,” stated the release.
As a result, the driver sustained major injuries and was transported by Desert Ambulance to Barstow Community Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
The driver of the Freightliner did not sustain any injuries as a result of the collision.
This collision is currently under investigation and anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call the Barstow CHP Office at 760-255-5900.