PALMDALE (CBSLA) – The outpouring of emotion was almost as swift as the crash after word quickly spread that two teenagers died at an intersection in Palmdale.
“It’s very sad and it’s a tragedy, said neighbor Greg Karageuzian. “Two young lives taken very young.”READ MORE: Rams-49ers Fans Battle For Tickets To NFC Title Game
The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night as a grey Honda Civic was heading west on Avenue O-8. It was entering the intersections when detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department say the driver of a black Chrysler ran a red light and slammed into the Honda.
Two teenagers in the Honda – an 18-year-old driver and his 17 year-old-passenger – both died.READ MORE: LAPD Deems Bomb Threat At USC As Non-Credible, Reopens Area
The driver of the Chrysler abandoned his car on the scene and ran off on foot.
Investigators say this wasn’t the suspect’s first crash that night: it’s believed he ran the red light while fleeing from a smaller accident scene a couple of blocks away.
As authorities are searching for the missing driver, those who live around the area say they want something done to slow people down.MORE NEWS: 4 Suspects, Armed With Hammers, Rob Newport Jewelry Store
“When I was a kid you never heard of this stuff, now it’s like a daily occurrence,” said one neighbor.