5-Year-Old Girl Killed in Head-On DUI Crash in the Antelope Valley

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision, authorities said.

A 5-year-old girl is dead after a suspected DUI crash in the Antelope Valley Tuesday night, according to California Highway Patrol.

Around 8:48 p.m. a CHP officer responded to a collision on Avenue O, west of 165th St. E. Authorities said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision.

The suspect, George Kokoteev from Palmdale, allegedly collided with a driver and four passengers, three of them children. The SUV driver apparently swerved into oncoming traffic, slamming head-on into a Nissan Altima carrying a family of five.

The suspect was driving eastbound when he allegedly drifted into the westbound lane and hit the victims, authorities said in a press release.

All five passengers were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital. There were three children, ages 5, 3 and 1, in the Altima. The oldest child, a 5-year-old girl, did not survive. 

Kokoteev was driving a 2006 Nissan Xterra and was arrested, according to CHP.

The collision is still under investigation. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

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