Palmdale Hit-and-Run, Anthony Cruz and Sergio Martinez Die at the Scene
PALMDALE, CA (March 10, 2021) — The hit-and-run driver who killed two teen cousins on January 30 turned himself in to police on Friday morning.
Both Palmdale residents 18-year-old Sergio Martinez and his cousin, 17-year-old Anthony Cruz, died at the scene.
As of Friday, police charged 34-year-old William Alexander Marquez with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.
The crash happened around 10:22 p.m. near 10th Street West and Avenue O-8, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner’s office.
Martinez and Cruz were in a dark gray 2018 Honda Civic traveling westbound on Avenue O-8. However, a black 2015 Chrysler 200 ran a red light at Avenue O-8 while northbound on 10th Street West, according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. As a result, the Chrysler T-boned the Honda.
Marquez, the Chrysler’s driver, fled the scene on foot before police arrived. For over a month after the accident, police could not locate Marquez. However, he turned himself into the authorities on March 5.
If you would like to donate the funeral costs of both families, you can do so at their GoFundMe.
Anyone with information regarding this fatality is encouraged to call Detective Day at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2423.
We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the two young cousins Sergio Martinez and Anthony Cruz.
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