A Lancaster man was arrested Monday after a suspected DUI car crash that left one person dead and closed the northbound 14 Freeway.
About 8:40 p.m. Monday, a 2022 Honda Civic was driving northbound in the center median of the 14 Freeway near Escondido Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials.
As the 2022 Honda driver, Joshua Lawson, 36, of Lancaster, skirted other vehicles by driving in the center median, he came upon a disabled 2006 Honda Accord with three occupants stopped in the center median, according to CHP officials.
“Lawson, driving at an unsafe speed in the center median attempting to pass slower traffic, came upon the disabled 2006 Honda. The front of Lawson’s 2022 Honda collided into the rear of (Party 2’s) 2006 Honda,” read the CHP report of the crash.
The rear passenger of the 2006 Honda, a Lancaster resident in his 60s, sustained fatal injuries due to the crash.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld from the public pending notification of next of kin.
A SigAlert closed all northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway due to the crash. The California Highway Patrol reopened all lanes by 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Lawson was arrested on suspicion of alcohol intoxication aka DUI.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer B. Kellogg at the Newhall CHP Office at (661) 600-1600.
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