Driver Fails to Stop at Intersection, Two Vehicles Crash

LANCASTER, California (Sept. 23, 2013) – Two adults and two teenagers were killed, three others critically injured Saturday night after a driver allegedly failed to stop at a posted stop sign and broadsided another vehicle in a rollover crash at the intersection of 10th Street E and Avenue G, according to news reports.

About 6:30 p.m., CHP officers reported that Marissa Fritz, 22, of La Mirada was driving the 1999 Honda Civic northbound on 10th Street East when she allegedly drove through the stop sign and crashed into a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to overturn into a ditch on the side of the roadway killing Fritz and her two passengers Roland Mohan, 17, and Brianna Heyrend, 17. A passenger in the pickup truck, Arturo Delatorre, 49, of Lancaster also died. The driver of the Toyota Erazmo Arroyoayala, 34, of Lancaster suffered moderate injuries.

Two others in the Honda were passengers Adrian Ruiz, 20, of La Mirada and Steven Heyrend, 19, who reportedly sustained major and moderate injuries respectively in the Mojave Desert crash.

Police indicated that many of those involved in the crash were not wearing seatbelts. The fatal crash is under investigation by CHP.

“This is truly a tragedy that no family should have to go through,” said Attorney West Thomas. “The thoughts and prayers of our staff are with the victims and their families as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with this sudden loss.”

— The Thomas Law Firm