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EMERGENCY FLIGHT FAILS TO SAVE PALMDALE MOTORIST.

Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer

PALMDALE - A Palmdale motorist was killed Thursday when his car ran a red light at an intersection and was hit broadside by an oncoming sedan, officials said.

Peter Maligo, who suffered massive trauma, was flown by helicopter to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

``The crash was called in by one of our deputies who saw a huge cloud of smoke as he was coming around Palmdale Boulevard to 47th Street East,'' said Deputy Andy Lynch of the Palmdale sheriff's station. ``He called it in and then came over to assist.''

The crash occurred about 8:55 a.m. at 47th Street East and Avenue R. Maligo, driving a 1995 Saturn, was eastbound on Avenue R and failed to stop at a red light, witnesses told deputies.

Deputies said a 1989 Lincoln driven by 66-year-old Leon Romualdo of Huron, Calif., hit the Saturn's left side at about 50 mph, sending the Saturn spinning out of control into a telephone pole.

Romualdo was not injured. One of his two passengers complained of pain resulting from the seat belt, deputies said.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt, officials said.

The intersection was partially closed for more than three hours while officials conducted their investigation.

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(color) Emergency workers try to save Peter Maligo of Palmdale, dead on arrival by helicopter at Antelope Valley Hospital.

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Date:Oct 10, 2003
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