PALMDALE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said two children were injured, one critically, when the SUV they were driving in crashed into a utility pole Saturday morning in Palmdale.
Officials said a 6-year-old boy suffered major injuries and an 11-year-old girl was moderately injured in the accident. In addition,the driver, 26-year-old Vanessa Byrd, received minor injuries in the crash.READ MORE: Help Needed To Find Gunman Whose Shot Killed Diego Ortega-Reza In East LA
The accident was reported just before 10:45 a.m. at 170th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 1999 Ford Expedition was eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard just west of 170th Street East, said CHP Officer D. Helfrich.
“For reasons unknown, the driver applied the brakes to the 1999 Ford Expedition causing (it) to travel out of control, Helfrich said.READ MORE: Deputy-Involved Shooting Reported In East LA
The boy was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles along with Davion Sykes, a 23-year-old passenger who was not injured, the officer said.
The girl and Byrd were taken by ground ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Helfrich said.
“Alcohol is not suspected to be a contributing factor in the cause of this collision,” the officer said.MORE NEWS: 101 Freeway In Boyle Heights To Be Shut Down This Weekend For More Sixth Street Bridge Work
The investigation was ongoing.