KRAMER JUNCTION – One died and three were injured as a result of a traffic collision between a SUV and a Pickup truck early Thursday morning. The California Highway Patrol and County Fire Medics responded to the collision that was reported at around 5:28 a.m. on Highway 395 several miles south of Kramer Junction.
CHP officials said that 47-year-old Moreno Valley resident, Lavonda Reed was driving a 2014 Kia sedan southbound on Highway 395 and collided with a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado after attempting to pass a truck tractor-trailer. In order to pass, the woman in the Kia went into northbound lanes as the Chevrolet approached heading northbound. The Chevrolet was occupied by a 40-year-old male driver, a 18-year-old female passenger and a 43-year-old male passenger.
Both vehicles turned onto the east asphalt shoulder and collided head on CHP officials said. The Kia came to a rest between northbound and southbound Highway 395. The Chevrolet traveled onto the east shoulder and into the open desert. The woman in the Kia died as a result of the collision. The female passenger of the Chevrolet sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The driver of the Chevrolet was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The male passenger in the Chevrolet sustained only minor injuries and was transported to Victor Valley Global Medical Center.
Witnesses report that the traffic collision shut down both north and southbound lanes on Highway 395 with backup for several miles.
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