Fatal Collision Claims the Life of Lancaster Commissioner

A fatal crash involving two vehicles left a city-appointed commissioner dead and three of her five children injured, according to multiple media reports.

Shannon McDonald, 43, who was appointed to the city of Lancaster's Architectural & Design Commission in 2017, has been identified as the victim of the Saturday crash, according to media reports.

The collision took place at 12:45 p.m. Saturday near 40th Street West and Avenue L, according to Lt. T. Bruner of the Lancaster Sheriff's Station.

The woman now identified as McDonald was driving a Suburban SUV and the man was turning left in a full-sized Dodge pickup truck when they collided, Bruner said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her three children were airlifted to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles where they are listed in stable condition. 

The man in the pickup was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the lieutenant said. He was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, which resulted in McDonald's death.

McDonald was a longtime fixture in the Lancaster community. Besides her position as a city commissioner, McDonald worked as a volunteer at the Lancaster School District and served as a mentor to foster youths with Children, Youth and Family Collaborative.

Her city profile says she grew up in the Lancaster area, worked as a motivational speaker and was involved in efforts to deal with homelessness in the Antelope Valley.

The crash remains under investigation.

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