Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Three of Four Killed in Traffic Crash in Lancaster Identified

Two dogs were also killed in the violent wreck.

Authorities Thursday identified three of the four people who were killed in a two-car collision in the Lancaster area that also left two dogs dead.

The crash was reported just after noon Wednesday at 30th Street West and West Avenue H, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A man driving a tan Toyota Avalon west on West Avenue H failed to stop for a red light and collided with a silver Volkswagen Jetta that was going north on 30th Street West, sheriff's Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

The impact forced the Volkswagen into a signal pole and all three occupants, a man and two women, were ejected. It appears none of the three were wearing seat belts, Navarro-Suarez said.

The man driving the Toyota was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Navarro-Suarez said. The man who died at the hospital was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as 41-year-old Thomas Saint Andrew.

The man and one of the women in the Volkswagen died at the scene, and the second woman in the Volkswagen died at a hospital, according to Navarro-Suarez. All four decedents were residents of Lancaster, she said.

The man who died at the scene was identified by the coroner's office as 59-year-old Victor Ocampo. The woman who died at the hospital was identified as 38-year-old Wendy Marie Fisher.

Authorities withheld the name of the woman who died at the scene, pending notification of her relatives.

A dog described as a Queensland heeler died at the scene and another dog -- a 2-month-old Siberian husky -- was taken to an animal hospital, where the animal was euthanized due to a broken back, according to Navarro-Suarez, who said the dogs had been in the Jetta.

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