One person was killed and three people were critically injured Thursday night in Lancaster when a DUI driver fleeing a minor hit-and-run crash broad-sided a second vehicle, authorities said.
The sequence of events started at 7:21 p.m. at Sierra Highway and Avenue J, according to Lt. Jonathan Hoyt of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station.
A female driver crashed into a vehicle and fled the scene, Hoyt said. No one was injured, but the driver into whom she crashed followed her and called the sheriff's department.
The woman then ran a red light at 20th Street East and Avenue J-8 and broad-sided a second vehicle, he said.
The woman driving that vehicle was killed and three other occupants of her car were injured, Hoyt said. The front-seat passenger suffered major head trauma and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The two back-seat passengers suffered head injuries and were hospitalized in serious but stable condition, he said.
The hit-and-run driver suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Hoyt said.