Lancaster Woman Killed in Head-On Crash With Suspected DUI Driver

A 29-year-old woman was killed in a head-on, allegedly alcohol-related crash in Palmdale involving a Lancaster elementary school principal who was placed under arrest, authorities said Friday.

About 6:50 p.m. Thursday, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler driven by Mary Kruppe, 35, of Pearblossom was traveling southbound on 50th Street East, north of Avenue P, at an unknown speed when she drove into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with a 2010 Mazda 3, killing the driver, according to Officer Jason Murawski of the California Highway Patrol.

The victim -- pronounced dead at the scene -- was identified as Jessica Ordaz of Lancaster, Murawski said. Kruppe was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, he said.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the collision, Murawski said. The Eastside Union School District superintendent's office confirmed that Kruppe is a principal at Enterprise Elementary School at 3730 E. Avenue J- 4.

The district had no further comment.

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