A teenager was killed after a fatal 14 Freeway crash early Thursday morning in which “excessive speed, alcohol and drugs may be a contributing factor,” officials said.
At approximately 1:04 a.m. Thursday, officials with the California Highway Patrol received reports of a traffic collision on the southbound 14 Freeway north of Sierra Highway, according to Josh Greengard with the California Highway Patrol Newhall Office.
“A white Honda Civic was traveling southbound on SR-14. approaching Sierra Highway at a high rate of speed,” Greengard wrote in an official statement Thursday. “A red Volvo truck was stopped on the right shoulder of southbound on SR-14 truck route north of Sierra Highway ahead of the white Honda.”
The white Honda Civic collided into the rear of the red Volvo’s truck. The driver of the Civic was killed as a result of his injuries, while the driver of the Volvo was not injured, according to Greengard.
“Excessive speed, alcohol and drugs may be a contributing factor for the cause of this collision,” Greengard wrote.
The driver of the Civic was identified as 19-year-old Santiago Cabezas of Santa Ana, according to Greengard.
“This collision is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Newhall Area Office,” Greengard wrote.
The crash also resulted in the closure of one of two southbound truck route lanes of the 14 Freeway for approximately four hours.
Any witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Newhall office at (661) 294-5540.
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