Woman Killed, Four Injured When Hit-and-Run Driver Causes Second Crash

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LANCASTER (CNS) - A woman was killed and three people were injured in Lancaster when a DUI suspect fleeing a minor hit-and-run crash broad- sided a second vehicle, authorities said today.

The victim was identified as Debra Barber, 65, according to coroner's Lt. David Smith. Her city of residence was not available.

The sequence of events started at 7:21 p.m. Thursday at Sierra Highway and Avenue J, according to Lt. Jonathan Hoyt of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station.

A female driver crashed into a vehicle and fled, Hoyt said. No one was injured, but the driver into whom she crashed followed her and called the sheriff's department.

Then the woman ran a red light at 20th Street East and Avenue J-8 and broad-sided a second vehicle, he said.

The woman driving that vehicle, Barber, was killed and three other occupants of her car were injured, Hoyt said. The front-seat passenger suffered major head trauma and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The two back-seat passengers suffered head injuries and were hospitalized in serious but stable condition, he said.

The alleged hit-and-run driver suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Hoyt said.

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