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Lesther Deleon Killed in Palmdale Car Crash at North 11th Street West and West Rancho Vista Boulevard

Lesther Deleon and Spechelle Pope Killed in Fiery Car Accident Involving Street Racing Driver in Palmdale

Lesther Deleon Killed
Lesther Deleon Killed in Palmdale Car Crash at North 11th Street West and West Rancho Vista Boulevard

Palmdale, California (June 9, 2021) – 37-year-old Lesther Deleon has been identified as the Lyft driver who was killed in a violent street racing crash that also claimed the life of his passenger, 28-year-old Spechelle Pope, in Palmdale early Wednesday morning.

The tragic crash happened in the area of North 11th Street West and West Rancho Vista Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A speeding Dodge Challenger believed to have been involved in an illegal street race rear-ended a Toyota Corolla driven by Deleon.

The impact of the collision caused the Toyota to veer off the roadway where it crashed into a light pole and caught fire.

Lyft Driver and Passenger Killed in Crash Involving Suspected Street Racing Driver in Palmdale Identified

Deleon was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the California Highway Patrol said.

Pope, a mother of four, who was on her way to a grocery store was trapped inside the burning car. She was pulled out by an employee of a nearby restaurant who witnessed the crash. Sadly, she died at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the Dodge Challenger abandoned his vehicle at the scene and left in a second vehicle, possibly a dark-blue Infiniti.

The DMV established that the Dodge is registered to EAN Holdings LLC, which operates Enterprise, Alamo and National car rentals.

The CHP is investigating the cause of the double fatal crash.

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